If you prefer camping without completely unplugging from the grid, you’re a glamper. And you don’t have to own an RV to experience this type of camping!
With a yurt tent, you can glamp easily, comfortably, and without financial stress.
Without further ado, we give you 10 reasons why a yurt tent is the best choice for luxury camping!
Why are Yurt Tents Perfect for Glamping?
1. Fast and Easy Set-Up
If you’re nomadic and switch sites often, this feature is what makes yurt tents the perfect shelter. Of course, it depends on the tent you purchase and if you’re acquainted with the type. It’s also a matter of how often you dismantle and assemble it.
You know it’s luxury camping if you’re without the stresses of setting up and taking down. That’s very important if you have to get up and move your stuff for any reason.
2. Many Available Sizes
What’s great about the yurt tent is that you can bring more friends and family members on your trip.
Instead of cramped standard tents, you and your group would have more space and headroom with yurt tents. With more than one of these different-sized shelters, your gear and chosen number of glampmates won’t endure any crowding!
Or if you glamp by yourself, you’ll need a size option that accommodates you and the kind of gear you bring. As luxurious as you make your trip, you’ll want room for certain items like an air mattress or inflatable couch.
Glamping trips aren’t immune to the weather, but that doesn’t automatically mean you have to let it dictate your trip. You can stay inside an RV, but can you do the same with a yurt tent? Sure, you can!
Yurt tents have coatings on their canvases that keep out water and let you camp during any season. The material keeps out cold temperatures, so you’re in for good insulation as you glamp.
Come wind, rain, and snow, you don’t have to cut your trip short or cancel it before you leave home.
If you’re set on going green with some of your activities, especially camping (or glamping), put up a yurt tent! With the circular design, a lot of space is covered, and less fabric is needed to cover the structure.
The fabric of some yurt tents is also made of natural, recyclable materials. Some tent fabrics are made of organic cotton and recycled polyester. They’ll last longer, so you can glamp as often as you want and avoid piling them up in landfills.
The idea of camping is to experience the outdoors for an extended period of time. You won’t get that with a generic tent unless it’s made of durable, long-lasting material.
When glamping, you have both comfortable amenities and an extended number of days. A yurt tent fits the bill for that if you purchase one with a sturdy, ultraviolet-protected, double-stitch-seamed, and eco-friendly canvas.
Waterproof and windproof fabric counts for weather resistance, but yurt tents can also be fireproof. If you’re cooking meals over the fire, a waxed canvas will keep your shelter from igniting.
6. Cooking Areas
Cooking in tents isn’t really advisable because it doesn’t seem safe since certain tent fabrics could be flammable. But have you heard of tents with stove jacks? Who says a fire pit is the only way to cook your food on a camping trip?
Some yurt tents have a stove jack, so you can use a stove for cooking in the tent. The jack is either built-in or something you can install on the side or roof of the tent. It’s heat-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about the tent catching fire.
This is helpful when the weather threatens your campfire, not to mention if it’s cold and you need more warmth! Nothing makes a yurt tent the best glamping shelter than a feature that serves a dual purpose.
Camping in a tent isn’t fun if you’re sitting there sweating after a long day of hiking, fishing, and other camping activities. You have shade, but ventilation is key to cooling yourself down if you’re inside somewhere.
In a yurt tent, it’s more bearable and refreshing, thanks to the mesh windows and roof vents. That also goes for breathable fabrics like cotton, polyester, and nylon.
You can unzip mesh windows for some fresh air while also keeping out insects, namely mosquitoes. As for roof vents, you can let air flow in from above if there’s a nice breeze. Besides air circulation, you’d also have more lighting.
8. Stable Structure
When setting up a yurt tent, how it stands seems no different from how a standard tent does. After all, tent poles and ropes are what you work with when setting up and anchoring tents.
Depending on the type of tent, lightweight steel poles are sturdy enough to hold up the shelter. This helps take off any weight they add to this shelter when you’re transporting it.
As weather-proof as yurt tents can be, their circular structure takes on the wind from any direction. So it’s capable of avoiding collapse on strong, windy days.
Buying a yurt tent still involves some money, but it’s more affordable than an RV or other high-quality tents. Of course, it depends on how many and what kind of features the tent has.
The size and type of fabric will also influence the price of the tent. When deciding what to buy, research and weigh your wants and needs for your choice of shelter. Nobody needs buyer’s remorse to put a damper on glamping trips.
10. Perfect Middle Ground between Luxury and Ruggedness
Today’s world is rife with technology; everywhere you go, phones are in hand, TVs are blaring—the works! It’s easy to forget that before we had all these luxurious inventions, we had other ways to escape life’s challenges.
Certain campgrounds offer campsites that serve as perfect compromises for those who can’t live without using technology. A yurt tent does the same thing; you have the middle ground you need between luxury and ruggedness.
There are comfortable amenities in yurt tents, but amenities like bathrooms, plumbing, and electricity are omitted. Comfort is still provided (and your charged mobile devices) but not completely to the point the camping aspect isn’t there.
History of the Yurt
The yurt tent is rich in history. Thousands of years ago, tribes in Central Asia dwelled in this type of tent while traveling through the land. Mongolians called it a ger, while Russians called it a Yurta, and in America, we call it a yurt.
Because the tents were made of wood and light materials, dismantling and setting them up was easy for the nomads. The circular structure withstood the wind and the animal-pelt canvas provided insulation. They made great shelters for the tribes!
The 1960s was when yurts were introduced to America, and Pacific Yurts was the first company to produce them. Nowadays, they aren’t just used for glamping; they’re also used for large group events.
Yurt Tents vs. Yurts (Traditional and Modern)
It’s important to know that there’s a lot of interchangeability between yurt tents and yurts. They both seem to be the same thing. Yet, words have meanings, and there’s always a difference or more that sets them apart.
Let’s go over a few differences between these two shelters:
One look inside a yurt, and you’ll tell whether or not it counts as a glamping tent. The traditional or modern version is big enough for more than one room and other amenities. A yurt tent is spacious but not that huge, especially if a pole’s in the center.
Yurts actually provide beds and linens so you don’t have to pack air mattresses or sleeping bags when you go glamping. This is the case if you rent one at a campground.
When you buy yurt tents, you only buy the tent, so you have to provide your own bedding. In fact, you still provide your own bedding if you purchase a yurt and build it somewhere.
Camping in a tent, you’d have to find a private-enough spot outside to do your business. You’d still have to do that with a yurt tent unless you’re at a campsite with a bathhouse.
Traditional and modern yurts have spaces for bathrooms, and some of these yurt tents don’t even have them. Because glampers have options to customize their yurts, they can install bathrooms and other rooms if desired.
With traditional or modern yurts, you can live in them permanently. Yurt tents, however, are temporary dwellings. If you decide to live in a yurt like a house, there’s a matter of the land you settle in.
Though it would be cheaper than owning a house, you’d still have to pay for a certain amount of land. After all, you can’t settle on just any open or private space as you would with a tent.
Wooden Supports and Foundations
What really sets yurt tents apart from yurts is the wood used for the walls and the foundation.
On the one hand, yurts have circular wooden lattice-style walls, and they’re set on wooden or beam platforms. On the other hand, the walls of yurt tents are just fabric, and they don’t have wooden foundations. However, you could build your own platform for the tent.
A yurt also promotes eco-friendliness because, on a platform, it’s not impacting the land by leaving any material remnants behind.
Yurt kits don’t come with yurt tents. You would only need a few tools to help with the assembly of a tent. The tool kit that does come with it would include items like a mallet, pegs, and pins.
If you build a yurt, then it’s not really a tent. The kits come with a bigger collection of parts, design plans for building the shelter, and a platform. Tent-setting doesn’t require carpentry, and less labor and money are involved.
Check out our yurt tent page to learn more about what sets this tent apart from traditional and modern yurts!
Where to Buy a Yurt Tent
There are plenty of great yurt tents to choose from on Amazon. Danchel Outdoor has yurt tents of various sizes that are weather-resistant and include stove jacks and mesh windows.
Another brand to check out is White Duck. Some of their tents have stove jacks and waterproof canvases, allowing you to glamp all year.
It doesn’t even have to be a yurt tent exclusively. Other glamping tents like teepees, bell tents, and wall tents will give you similar experiences.
Check out our guide on the best glamping tents to help you decide what tent features you want as you shop!
Yurt tents may not seem any different from generic tent camping, but try one out and you’ll see some differences. If you’re still unsure, rent a yurt for your next trip to give you an idea of what to expect!
Book a campground that has onsite yurts to get you started! Don’t forget to check what amenities your rented shelter already provides, so you don’t overpack.
Find a Vrbo that offers a Yurt tent option like this this Alpaca ranch Yurt Vrbo.
Invest in a Yurt Tent!
With ten reasons to use a yurt tent when glamping, you’ll be set for comfort and natural excitement put together. You don’t need the extra costs to keep some luxury in hand while you acquaint yourself with nature!
Visit the Glamping page on our website to learn about other ways to make your trip luxurious and certain destinations to do so!
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Sarah Keck is a long-time resident of the Midwest and loves its warm and cool atmosphere. She takes any walking or hiking opportunity with open arms and likes to learn and write about the best trails.
Sarah’s first camping experience was her church’s teens’ and twenties’ summer conference years ago. Her favorite activities were exploring the campground and sitting by the fire, listening to the wildlife.
As time went on, Sarah looked forward to camping and other vacation opportunities. Writing for Beyond the Tent has opened her eyes and mind to the country’s many beautiful destinations.