Comfort Camping vs. Glamping: A Tent Comparison


As outdoor enthusiasts look to balance their love for nature with their need for comfort and even luxury, two forms of camping have emerged as popular choices – comfort camping and glamping. Comfort camping elevates the traditional camping experience by incorporating elements of convenience, such as air mattresses and simple cooking facilities. Glamping, on the other hand, takes the outdoor experience to a whole new level of luxury with hotel-like amenities and stylish accommodations. While these two forms of camping share the same aim – to make time spent in the great outdoors more enjoyable – their approaches are decidedly different.

While my blog is focused on Comfort Camping as a personal choice to elevate a more traditional camping style, I often get questions about what the difference is between Comfort Camping and ‘Glamping’.

Glamping vs Comfort Camping: A Comparison

While both glamping and comfort camping elevate the traditional camping experience, they do so in varying degrees and ways, catering to different preferences and expectations.

Glamping, short for glamorous camping, is all about luxury and indulgence. It provides a high-end outdoor experience that often includes hotel-like amenities and unique, stylish accommodations. Glamping tents might feature plush bedding, equipped kitchenettes, private bathrooms, heat sources, electrical ports, and even elaborate decor. This type of camping is for those who love the idea of being in the great outdoors, but don’t want to compromise on any creature comforts. It’s camping but with a heavy dose of glamour.

On the other hand, comfort camping is a step up from basic camping but doesn’t quite reach the luxury levels of glamping. Comfort camping generally involves more substantial and comfortable tents than traditional ones and may include amenities like air mattresses, simple cooking facilities, and perhaps a basic portable toilet. However, it typically lacks the high-end features and unique designs that characterize glamping. Comfort camping offers an elevated camping experience that strikes a balance between the rustic charm of traditional camping and the home-like convenience, without going all-out on luxury.

In essence, both glamping and comfort camping offer enhanced outdoor experiences over traditional camping. However, where comfort camping elevates the experience to a more convenient and comfortable level, glamping takes it a step further by adding a dash of luxury and elegance to the mix. Your choice between the two would ultimately depend on your desired level of comfort, convenience, and luxury in your outdoor adventure.  The biggest difference in my mind is the kind of tent experience you are looking for.  

Below I take you through a deep dive into the difference when it comes to the choice of tent experience.  

How Do Glamping Tents Differ From Traditional Camping Tents?

Glamping tents stand apart from their traditional counterparts due to their size, luxury features, and often unique designs. They are typically much larger and designed with a focus on aesthetics, comfort, and functionality. While traditional tents primarily provide a place to sleep or relax, glamping tents are akin to portable mini-homes, offering separate living and sleeping areas, kitchens, and often even bathrooms.

Why Do Some People Choose Glamping Tents Over Traditional Tents?

The allure of glamping tents lies in their ability to blend the thrill of camping with the comforts of home. They offer a unique, high-end outdoor experience for those who enjoy the essence of camping but aren’t keen on roughing it out. Glamping tents can make camping accessible to those who require or prefer more comfort and convenience, such as families with young children or older adults.

Understanding Glamping Tents: Types and Features

The world of glamping tents is diverse and expansive, offering a range of styles and features to cater to every camper’s preferences. Here’s what you need to know to navigate this exciting realm.

Types of Glamping Tents

From yurts and teepees to safari tents and bubble tents, the variety in glamping tents is astounding. Each type has its unique features and aesthetic appeal, but all share the common theme of elevated camping comfort.

What to Look for in Glamping Tents

Choosing the perfect glamping tent involves considering several key features. Durability, weatherproofing, sleeping capacity, portability, and aesthetics all play a vital role in your choice. Let’s dive deeper into these factors.

  • Durability
    • The robustness of your glamping tent is critical. Look for high-quality materials that can withstand wear and tear, ensuring your tent remains a haven of comfort for many adventures to come.
  • Weatherproof
    • A good glamping tent must be able to handle diverse weather conditions. Whether it’s a summer downpour or a chilly autumn night, your tent should keep you comfortable and protected.
  • Sleeping Capacity
    • Glamping tents come in various sizes to accommodate different groups. From cozy two-person tents to spacious family-size accommodations, there’s a glamping tent for every party size.
  • Portability
    • While glamping tents are more substantial than their traditional counterparts, they should still be reasonably portable. Look for a tent that packs up compactly and is not overly heavy, especially if you plan on moving campgrounds frequently.
  • Aesthetic
    • One of the highlights of glamping tents is their beautiful design. Whether you prefer a classic safari style or an aesthetic appeal of your tent can enhance your camping experience. 
  • Platform Requirements
    • Some glamping tents require a platform or a flat, solid base for setup. This feature can provide additional protection from ground moisture and critters.
  • Heat Source
    • Some high-end glamping tents come equipped with a heat source like a wood-burning stove, making them ideal for camping in colder climates. 
  • Electrical Port
    • Electricity in a tent? You bet! Some glamping tents offer electrical ports, allowing you to power your essential devices, lights, or even small kitchen appliances.

The (Im)Practicalities of Glamping Tents

Beyond the alluring appeal and comfortable amenities of glamping tents, here are a few practical considerations to keep in mind.

  1. Glamping Tents are less compact than even a 10-person tent and require more packing space;
  2. They are relatively easy to set up but the larger models may require more people and time to set up and may require a deck or platform;
  3. Glamping tents are versatile and can be set up in various campgrounds. However, they’re best suited for campgrounds that offer a bit more space and less rugged terrain;
  4. Glamping tents are generally more expensive than traditional camping tents due to their luxurious features and high-quality materials; and,
  5. Most glamping tents are designed to be used in a range of weather conditions.

Choosing the Right Comfort Camping Tent: A Deep Dive into Key Considerations

While there are many advantages of Glamping Tents, for me, they still feel a little less traditional and more work. I still prefer either setting up a tent or sleeping in a well-set-up SUV or car as it feels more like ‘real camping’. For this next section, I delve into selecting a comfort camping tent, with some specific factors to make your outdoor experience as enjoyable and easy as possible. Factors such as space and layout, ease of setup, material, durability, and additional comfort-enhancing features that I find add rather than take away from the whole experience.

Space and Layout: The Foundation of Comfort

The tent’s space and layout significantly influence the level of comfort and convenience it offers. It’s not just about having ample room to sleep; it’s about creating a “home away from home.” Look for a tent that provides enough room to stand, move around, and store your gear comfortably. 

When it comes to layout, some tents take comfort to the next level by offering separate “rooms.” These compartments can serve as individual sleeping areas or be used to segregate living and sleeping areas, adding an element of privacy and organization. This feature is particularly beneficial when camping with family or friends, ensuring that everyone has their private space.

Ease of Setup: Quick Start to Adventure

Comfort camping is all about minimizing fuss and maximizing fun. Therefore, the tent you choose should be quick and straightforward to set up. Tents with poles that are color-coded or that come pre-attached can save valuable time and prevent frustration. 

A tent with a user-friendly design and clear assembly instructions can make the setup process a breeze, even for beginners. It’s worth noting that some larger tents or those with more compartments might take a bit longer to set up. However, the convenience they offer often makes the extra setup time worthwhile.

Material and Durability: The Shield Against Elements

The material your tent is made of directly affects its durability, and by extension, your comfort. Tents made from robust materials like polyester or nylon, combined with sturdy, lightweight poles, often offer the best mix of durability and portability.

In addition, tents with a high waterproof rating or those featuring a rainfly offer additional protection against the elements, ensuring you stay dry and comfortable, come rain or shine. Moreover, the durability of a tent extends to its resistance to wear and tear from regular use. Quality zippers, reinforced seams, and strong pegs all contribute to a tent’s longevity.

Additional Features: The Cherry on Top

Comfort camping is centered around convenience, so tents that offer additional features can significantly enhance your camping experience. Features like air vents can improve airflow within the tent, reducing condensation and maintaining a comfortable temperature.

Internal storage pockets can help organize your gear, keeping essential items within easy reach and maintaining a tidy living space. An e-port allows you to bring electricity into your tent, powering your devices or even small appliances for the ultimate camping convenience.

Also, consider tents with a vestibule or a porch area. This extra space can serve as a mudroom where you can store boots and other gear, or as a shaded area to relax and enjoy the view.

In conclusion, choosing the right comfort camping tent involves careful consideration of the tent’s space and layout, ease of setup, material and durability, and additional comfort-enhancing features. A balance of these elements can ensure your camping trip is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Remember, the right tent isn’t just about meeting your basic camping needs; it’s about elevating your outdoor experience to new heights of comfort and convenience.


While glamping tents certainly offer an unrivaled level of luxury and comfort, the choice between glamping and comfort camping ultimately hinges on personal preference. Both experiences offer unique advantages and lend themselves to creating unforgettable outdoor memories.

Glamping with its hotel-like amenities and elegant accommodations is perfect for those who desire a luxurious and indulgent escape. It’s about relishing the outdoors without giving up on any creature comforts. Yet, it’s worth noting that the enhanced amenities and larger structures may limit your choice of campgrounds and require more time for setup.

On the other hand, comfort camping, while less luxurious, provides an elevated experience over traditional camping and maintains a strong sense of outdoor adventure. Its more compact and straightforward setup allows greater flexibility in choosing campgrounds and requires less effort to set up, letting you get on with your adventure quicker. It provides an enriched experience that upholds the rustic charm of camping, making you feel more in touch with nature.

In essence, whether you choose the glamour of glamping or the balanced appeal of comfort camping, both can provide a wonderful escape from the every day, connecting you to the great outdoors in their own unique ways. Your choice is a personal one, reflecting your own desires for comfort, convenience, and connection with nature.

Remember, the best camping experience is the one that resonates with you the most and makes your time in the great outdoors truly unforgettable.

Avatar photo

Kelley Brakstad

Kelley, the voice behind Comfort Camping Insider, hails from the stunning landscapes of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. She passionately shares her tips, tricks, and insider knowledge to enhance your camping adventures, fostering a love for the outdoors with the comforts of home. Join her in discovering the art of comfortable camping.

More to Explore