9 Reasons Why You Need a Tent Vestibule

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Have you ever wondered if a tent vestibule is necessary for glamping or maybe needed to add on to your existing tent?

If so, read this blog post, and we will answer all of your questions about tent vestibule such as what is a tent vestibule? can I add a tent vestibule to my existing tent?  Do I need a vestibule?

Read below and find out everything there is to know about tents and their accompanying vestibules.

What is a tent vestibule?

A tent vestibule is an additional enclosed space that hangs off in a camping tent’s front or back door. It is typically created using a canopy structure and extra guy lines for support.

It can also be referred to as a “porch” and is used to store extra camping equipment, making your tent a multipurpose area while outdoors.

Can you add a vestibule to a tent?

Yes, it is possible. Most tents come with poles and stakes needed for assembly – the only thing that might be missing are your guy lines.

If this is the case, make sure they match up to your tent’s style of setup (e.g., clip-in or tie-in) and purchase the correct length.

How do you make a tent vestibule?

The first step is assembling your tent and its pieces to insert the extra (vestibule).

Next, attach the guy lines provided with your new addition onto either side of your existing poles or stakes at equal distances from the entrance.

Here is a step by step DIY on how to make a tent vestibule.

Do You Need a Tent Vestibule?

It’s not mandatory to have a tent vestibule but it comes in handy when glamping. Below are reasons why you should consider having one.

  1. Prevents dirt & water from getting into the glamping site area.
  2. Provides extra storage space for equipment or luggage.
  3. Creates more shade and shelter with an enclosed canopy structure, ideal for cooking meals outside on sunny days!
  4. Protective cover for your vehicle or campsite equipment when windy.
  5. Can help shield you from the elements (e.g., sun, rain) while reading a book outside on breezy days!
  6. Increases privacy for changing clothes and sleeping areas.
  7. Provides extra seating space for family/friends around campfire pit at night time.
  8. Enables kids to play outside of the tent safely.
  9. The great outdoors, brought directly to your front door! (Pun intended!)

Type of Tent Vestibules 

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Tent vestibule can either be at the front, back or at the side. It can also be open/door-less, closed or screened.

Front Vestibule

This type of tent vestibule is attached to the front door and provides extra storage space for your equipment. This works well if you only plan glamping with one vehicle or small camper, as it requires more room than a back vestibule.

Back Vestibule

Similar to the front model, this attaches at the back entrance of the tent but also provides extra shade and shelter for cooking areas. If you plan on glamping with a larger vehicle or camper, this type of vestibule is your best option!

Side Vestibule

This tent vestibule is attached to the side of your glamping tent, typically on one or both sides. This type works best with smaller campers/vehicles and provides enough storage space for two people’s equipment- perfect for solo travellers!

Closed Vestibule

This is perfect for storing almost all of your gear and equipment with full protection from wind and rain! 

Open Vestibule

This type has no walls or screens, this type of tent vestibule provides a lightweight alternative (versus closed) and will still protect against most elements. It’s is an excellent option for those who want the extra storage space but do not need an enclosed canopy on their glamping trip.

Screened Tent Vestibules

This is the best option if more privacy is desired while changing clothes/ using the restroom during outdoor trips (with family & friends). It also offers protection from bugs, insects and other pests that may be lurking around your glamp site!

Can you cook in a tent vestibule?

Yes, you can cook in a tent vestibule. HOWEVER, it is not safe to do so.

What you can do instead is place your stove outside and cook in the doorway of your tent.

How to decide if you need a tent vestibule

What is a tent vestibule

A: It depends on how much gear and equipment you plan to bring camping with you, as well as the type of camping trip (e.g., solo vs group).

If privacy is desired while changing clothes/ using the restroom- screened or open types are best. And lastly, if you want to keep your gear protected from the elements- closed or side models are best!

B: Yes, as long as it is safe and not at risk of catching on fire (e.g., cooking stove).

It can be used for storing equipment that will not get wet if there is rain or snow. However, always make sure to keep your tent vestibule clean and free of debris (e.g., rocks, dirt).

C: Yes! It can help protect you from the elements (e.g., wind, rain) while reading a book outside or cooking on sunny days- as well as provide extra shade for camping during hot summer months.

Whether you want to bring your dog or child with you on your glamping trip- this provides extra room for them as well!

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