The tent vestibule is like your home’s mudroom. It can be used to store things like extra clothes, shoes and other camping essentials when you’re not in use of the shelter that houses all this gear.

As a tent vestibule, it can be attached to your shelter or used as an independent space. For storing dirty clothing and gear in between uses, for keeping damp boots away from the inside of your home  there aren’t many things this little extension can’t do.

A tent vestibule is a great way to store your gear when you’re not camping. But what are they, and do I really need one? Let’s find out.

What are the Different Types Of Tent Vestibules

Tent vestibules come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can choose to use waterproof materials or purchase an add-on version, depending on your needs for the area outside of your tent footprint where items like shoes and clothing may accumulate during campouts.

Vestibules for the Front of your Tent

Front Vestibules tent

The large vestibule attached to the tent’s front entrance is perfect for storing bulky gear and can shelter from harsh weather conditions.

The tent should have a vestibule near the door, so that you can store your camping equipment without having to exit and enter through an inconvenient spot.

Vestibules for the Sides’s of your Tent

Side Vestibules tent

Side vestibules are an excellent way to store your gear in a dry, organized manner. They can be found on either side of the tent and come with some models so you don’t have the hassle of adding one yourself or having to buy extra hardware just for this feature.

 With two doors that extend into their own storage space it’s easy enough access anything at any time without getting dirty hands when carrying things back inside after using them outside which is always nice during camping trips.

 Tent Vestibules Add On 

For those who don’t have a tent vestibule, you can purchase one to add on. Some models come with an included optional extra that has different types and sizes depending upon your needs for more space or just some light storage in between trips outside.

If you have a tent without an attached vestibule, it can be hard to find one that fits. A DIY solution is the best option for people who want their own space in which campers store gear or dry clothes from wet weather conditions before going inside at night.

Is it Worth Investing In A Tent Vestibule?

Tent vestibules are not absolutely necessary, but they’re a great option to have if you want the extra space and convenience. This is especially true for those who often camp in areas prone to frequent rainfall or planning an extended hiking trip with their family members. The added benefit cannot be overstated.

Vestibules are a great addition to your tent, as they provide extra space and weight that you may not have otherwise. The tradeoff is usually worth it though just make sure to pack carefully.

When you are camping with a group, the additional space and storage provided by these bags make them incredibly practical.

DIY Tent Vestibule

For those who are looking for a DIY project, the tent vestibule is an excellent place to start. You can make your own using just several items that may be laying around in your home or garage.

What you’ll need:

  • A tarp or any waterproof covering
  • Stakes
  • Rope or cord

Does My Tent Footprint Need to Extend To My Vestibule?

A tent footprint is a critical piece of equipment to protect your investment. It will extend the life and minimize any damage on the bottom rack from scuffs, scrapes or even punctures with spikes that penetrate deep enough so they can’t be seen externally but still affect how well you sleep at night in terms if comfortability due friction against one’s joints when walking around inside for extended periods while camping.

The tent footprint is a helpful accessory for anyone who uses their tent. The thin layer of material helps to reduce condensation and can keep you warm, but there are also plenty reasons why people might want an under-vestibule area that’s free from dirt or moisture.

Tents come in all shapes and sizes, but if you would like to stay dry inside your home without sacrificing comfort or style – then consider buying one with an attached footprint. This will provide extra protection for the flooring of any room within range.

Is it Safe to Cook In My Tent Vestibule?

Cooking inside a vestibule or tent can be extremely dangerous, which is why it’s important to use an extra stove top for this purpose. You could potentially burn the hell out of your shelter and suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning too.

It’s possible to cook inside your vestibule, but only if you take extreme caution. The key is ensuring there’s proper ventilation so that smoke or other fumes don’t accumulate and compromise the safety of those around you.

The best way to avoid bear attacks is by cooking away from your tent. If the bears get hungry enough, they might join in on your camping trip and ruin everything.

How Big Should My Vestibule Be?

You should consider the size of your vestibule and how much you want to store before buying a tent.

A room needs to be well planned and strategically placed in order for it to serve its intended use. If you want a small entryway that can store shoes, then don’t buy something like an elaborate vestibule however if storage is what’s needed (like storing bikes), make sure there are enough square feet available.

A larger vestibule that extends further off the tent is also recommended if you’ll be cooking in it during winter. On average, we recommend about 6 square feet of space per person this may seem like too much for smaller tents but some designs are made with more than six occupants in mind and require an ample amount of room to store gear outside or inside your shelter.

By Anthony Paton

Anthony Paton, the outdoorsman who loves to report all sorts of interesting stories about camping in Great Britain. He's based out London and doesn't get much time for himself these days because work commitments keep him away on occasion but does what he can with what little free time there is.