While roomy tents are great for sleeping, campers generally want to hang outside during the day, though not necessarily in the rain. The open-sided REI Alcove shelter provides protection from elements and is big enough to provide cover over a picnic table or a cluster of camp chairs. The 10-foot by 10-foot Alcove packs into a compact stuff 10- by 30-inch sack for travel. [$110; rei.com]
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