There are a few things you should consider when purchasing a new tent especially if it's your first time.
Initially, you have to decide who many men and women are going out for Surplus Tents and you need to get that one which corrects one more extra. You've noticed that tents come in various sizes like solo hiking tents and multi-room tents with rooms for dressing and storage etc.. Some Surplus Tents are created for a variety of seasons and weather. So it is much better to pick a tent that competes with numerous circumstances.
You should also think about the color of Surplus Tents. Vibrant colored tents not only increases visibility but also help keep the sun's heat out especially if in the open desert. Protect yourself in the sun with tents using fabrics that are immune to Ultraviolet rays. You would want a complete canopy mesh for ventilation that also protects you from insects of the desert which could be really annoying.
You may also experience high winds or thunderstorms in the desert so make sure that your Surplus Tents can withstand these conditions. Do not forget that the normal tent not works well in keeping their tent hiking together in the sand so that you also have T-stakes intended for sand or loosed ground. Try to avoid zippers due to the sand and since there are no trees around your pajamas or some other organic objects to maintain your tent vertical.