The Shoal Tent will let you camp on water
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You can now camp on water with the world’s first floating tent

This invention will certainly make your next camping trip more interesting. Just don’t take it anywhere near Niagara Falls now...
Written by Charlotte Miles
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Ordinarily, unzipping your tent first thing in the morning to see you're completely surrounded by water would be cause for alarm. But perhaps not for much longer....
This is the Shoal Tent, an inflatable raft that allows you to camp on water. Because why not, right?
Zombie apocalypse? Serial killer lurking in the woods? No problem
Zombie apocalypse? Serial killer lurking in the woods? No problem
With no poles required, simply use the foot pump included to inflate the frame and then you’re ready to hit the water. Preferably a lake...
Waterproof and wind-resistant, the heavy-duty material will keep you sheltered from the elements, with detachable sides for easy access. You won’t even have to worry about constantly crouching to put your socks on, as the tent allows for people of up to 6’ 3” tall to easily stand and lay down.
Unlike conventional tents, its inflatable structure also pops up easily without the need for any pesky pegs or poles (and subsequently the chance of being poked in the eye), rolling up into a handy burrito-shaped bag when you’re safely back on shore.
If a campsite's overcrowded you've got the perfect island escape
If a campsite's overcrowded you've got the perfect island escape
The 8ft x 8ft tent also has a six-inch-thick high-pressure floor that doubles as an air mattress, providing you with a comfortable yet extremely anxious night’s sleep. "Sleep under the stars, on the water, feel the flow and let it lull you to sleep," say its makers, SmithFly - which is a lovely thought but not much consolation when you doze off in your local lake and wake up in the middle of the Atlantic with a shark snapping at your heels.
With that in mind, it hasn't taken long for social media to pick up on the potential downsides of this tent, with Twitter particularly abuzz about the madcap invention:
Another potential sticking point is the tent's hefty $1999 price tag. And yet, with the tent (at time of writing) currently out of stock with a waiting time of between 6-8 weeks, it's clear it's in high demand.
The inflatable structure also rolls up into a bag when you’re back on shore
The inflatable structure also rolls up into a bag when you’re back on shore
Whatever your opinion, it certainly takes ‘getting in touch with nature’ to a whole new level. Although if you prefer to camp safely on land, then check out the UK’s 8 best wild camping spots here.