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Glamping Tent Buyer`s Guide

Nov. 10, 2020

When you want to build a glamping site camp, buying the glamping tent is your important thing. It can be a daunting task.

Glamping tents on the market come in numerous shapes, sizes, and varieties. There are also a host of special features to choose from. The type of glamping tent you select not only influences how it looks and it's overall aesthetic, but also how well it performs. So knowing what to look for is important.

Tent Capacity

How many people do you expect to house in your new luxury tent?

Although most glamping tents are more spacious than traditional camping tents, make sure that you select a model that is large enough to accommodate all of your guests.

Smaller models comfortably fit two or three sleepers while larger models can sleep ten people or more. Most glamping tents sleep somewhere between four and eight people.

Some people install a wood stove, camping kitchen, or even a makeshift bathroom facility in their glamping tent (although these are for more semi-permanent or basecamp installations). A larger tent is necessary if you demand extra living space.

Tent Materials

The materials your tent is constructed from will influence its performance even more than you might think. Here’s a few ways how:

Durability – The best glamping tents are often made with cotton canvas, heavy-duty poles, and thick guy lines to last for years on end.

Weatherproofing – Your luxury tent should be waterproof and windproof, especially if you plan to use it in late fall, winter, or early spring.

Breathability – Sometimes a downside of durability and weatherproofing is a lack of breathability. This is especially true with some tents made from synthetic fabrics. Despite its robustness, the canvas is a relatively breathable material.

Flame Protection – If you plan to use a wood stove or a camping heater inside your glamping tent, look for a model made with materials that is compatible with wood-burning stoves. Faxed canvas is one of the best options.

Packed Weight – Material directly relates to the overall packed weight of your glamping tent. If you need to pack it in, lightweight material is a must. If your campsite is near your car, then the weight isn’t nearly as big of a concern.

Canvas is the go-to material for many luxury tents. It is extremely durable, incredibly weatherproof (with a rainfly), and breathes well. But it’s also heavy and bulky. Synthetic material is probably a better (and often cheaper) option for that glamping in decent weather conditions (not winter).

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Platform – Although a platform isn’t strictly essential, it’s become something of a staple for glampers everywhere. Most are constructed from wood or concrete. They simply act as a platform for the tent to sit on. Due to their permanent nature, they’re best used if you plan to build a semi-permanent glamping location.

Food Storage – More permanent glamping shelters often have a somewhat traditional kitchen with cupboards or similar version. For a more rustic, DIY style shelter, a camping cooler for refrigerated foods is a must.

Kitchen – A well thought out camp kitchen makes cooking while glamping easier. In addition to a camping stove, you might like to incorporate a table or counter (folding options are available), a camping sink, and, of course, cookware and plateware.

Bathroom – If you’re glamping somewhere without dedicated bathroom facilities, you might want to invest in a portable camping toilet. Or, at the very least, read up on how to go to the bathroom outdoors. To stay clean, a portable camping shower is a must-have.

Portable Power – What’s more luxurious than a steady supply of electricity? The best portable power devices will help you stay charged while camping. A generator or power station is one option – but a portable solar panel works just as well.

Lighting – Illuminate your campsite with a lantern. The best camping lanterns provide bright, dispersed light all night long. Some are even compatible with our favorite solar panels and other portable power devices.

Stove or Heater – A heat source is a must for glamping in winter. For compatible canvas tents, a wood stove is an extremely warm option. If your glamping setup is more portable, then a winter tent heater might be right for you.

Decor – One of the best parts about buying a new glamping tent is decorating the inside! You have far more options than with a traditional tent. String lights, prayer flags, and colorful floor rugs are common.

Additional Glamping Tips

In all honesty, glamping is fairly simple and straightforward. But it can still be intimidating, especially on your first ever trip.

Here are a few of the top glamping tips to remember for a seamless experience:

Your Campsite – A level campsite with natural wind protection is a must. Make sure your tent isn’t located underneath any widow makers.

Tent Setup – Setting a glamping tent up takes longer than a normal camping tent. The exact method varies depending on model. However, it’s important to set yours up on a level surface, ideally a wooden or concrete platform for the true glamping experience.

Your Gear – There are dozens of different ways to furnish a glamping tent. The rest of your gear is just as important as the tent. Some people like to set up their tent to mimic an entire living area with a kitchen area, living space, and a bed. Others prefer to pack in multiple sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and cots for a high-capacity sleeping space.

Cold Weather – Canvas tents work very well in cold weather, especially when paired with a wood-burning stove. Add in a wooden platform for an even drier and cozier experience. It’s typically much warmer than sleeping in even the best winter camping tent.

Temporary vs Semi-Permanent – The most glamorous luxury tents are usually somewhat permanent. They’re set on a platform and furnished with a real bed and other furniture. But that doesn’t mean a portable glamping tent isn’t an option. Our favorite tents reviewed above all work well to set up for a weekend of camping before packing them down again.