Would you like to know what a tent vestibule is for?
Well that’s good, because I’ll be talking about the ins and outs to this very useful feature.
They aren’t always needed, but they are really great to use nonetheless.
Discover if you really need one for your camping ventures or if you should stick with a tent that doesn’t have one.
So What Exactly Is A Tent Vestibule?
A vestibule for your tent is extra space under the rain fly.
The rain fly stretches right out, covering a much larger space than the just body of the tent – creating the vestibule room.
Essentially, it is a mudroom, a place to store your gear out of the elements but also out of the tent itself, just to keep the interior as clean as possible.
Example Of A Vestibule Room
Cooking In A Vestibule
Cooking inside your vestibule is a big no-no. I don’t care how desperate you are for a cooked meal, LIGHTWEIGHT fabric that gets heated up doesn’t end well!
Even if you don’t care about any of that, carbon monoxide can and will kill you, it’s just a matter of “when” this is going to happen, when the tent builds up with enough of it and puts you in a coma!
At the very least, you will get very sick.
If there is no air flow or a lack of it, you will first fall into a coma and then die. It’s that simple!
It’s not worth the risk, it’s actually a “lose-lose-lose” situation, because you will be attracting animals to your sleeping area as well.
Basically, you’re just asking for something bad to happen if you decide to cook inside the vestibule room, so don’t do it!
Not All Tents Have Vestibules, But Why Not?
Vestibules are definitely becoming more and more popular, but there are still a large amount of tents that don’t have them.
That’s because they aren’t needed.
For example – Not all large tents need one. Large tents are mostly used for car camping, so you can either keep your gear in the car or inside the tent since they provide a lot of space.
Some ultralight tents don’t contain vestibules either, and that’s because they focus on staying as light as possible.
Available In All Shapes And Sizes
You will find vestibule rooms on all tent sizes, they aren’t just available in 1 specific size.
They can be found on 1 person tents, 2 person, 3, 4, 6, all the way up to 12!
On most tents, they are located at the front of the tent.
A 6-Person Tent With A Vestibule
However, sometimes they are located on the side of a tent, or even in the middle.
How are they in the middle?
They are called tunnel vestibules, and they are usually found on larger tents with 2 rooms.
The vestibule room is much bigger on larger tents, providing ample space for everyone using the tent.
Do You Really Need One?
- Winter Camping – You will definitely need one in the winter time. During winter, even the slightest bit of snow can make its way into the tent and promote condensation buildup.You can avoid this happening with a vestibule room. You are just asking for a disaster to happen if you decide to skip this step.
- Car Camping – If you are going car camping, then no, you do not always need a vestibule room. You can stash your gear in the car if need be, but that is entirely up to you
- Backpacking – You’re more than likely going to need a vestibule room for backpacking. Backpacking is all about having the least amount of stress as possible and having fun, while not having a vestibule room could PROMOTE stress!
Exceptions When Backpacking
So there ARE some instances where a vestibule room won’t be needed when you are backpacking, like when you have a 2-person tent and you’re going by yourself since you can stash your gear inside the tent.
Or when you are backpacking with a buddy (with a 4-person tent) and you have split the weight up. If there is enough room inside the tent for your gear, then you will be fine.
What I’m trying to say is that you NEED to take your inventory into consideration.
The last thing you want to do is reach your destination and then wonder where you are going to put your gear!
That’s why vestibules work so well, so you don’t have to store your gear inside the tent where it’s going to create a dirty, muddy, and sandy mess!
My Final Thoughts
Basically, you only need a tent with a vestibule if you are going camping in the winter time or when you are going backpacking.
Either way, I never go backpacking without a tent that doesn’t have one.
I find vestibules to be very useful – all the time!
The only time I don’t use them is when I am car camping, but even then I still might consider it – depending on how many people I am camping with.
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