Can’t Decide Between a Cabin or Tent? We’re Here to Help

Should You Rent a Cabin or Tent Camp?

Deciding between a cabin or tent is like trying to pick between chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

For some, it’s a no brainer either way, and for the rest of us, it’s a tough call because both are delicious. But unlike ice cream, with camping you can’t just swirl the two options together.

Cabin camping and tent camping are similar… but different.

So how do you know what you want for your vacation? We’re here to weigh the pros and cons for both options to help you choose the right accommodations.

You’ll never be stuck choosing between cabin or tent camping again!

Tent in a campground. The benefits of camping with tents.

The Pros of Tent Camping

Tent camping is the ultimate outdoor experience. Only a piece of nylon separates you from the night sky.

It can be so peaceful falling asleep in the cool night air, listening to the crickets chirping around you. This is the best way to escape your busy lifestyle and the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax in nature for a few days.

With tent camping, you also get a ton of variety. You can buy a new tent if you get sick or yours or if your family grows. And you can keep updating your gadgets if you want, continuously trying out new and cool things you find.

Variety also comes with each campsite. The more you camp, the more you can try out different layouts and organization ideas for your campsite. It’s a minor detail, but for many people this is a bonus.

Cabin in the woods in fall. Camping with cabins provides more shelter.

The Pros of Cabin Camping

Cabin camping is just like tent camping, but you’ve got more shelter. You’re surrounded by wooden walls instead of tent lining.

Most cabins also come with some basic luxuries, such as electricity and running water.

In addition, at some campgrounds, you can rent cabins that have multiple bedrooms, so your family won’t have to sleep in one room.

When you rent a cabin, you won’t need to bring as much stuff with you. For example, beds are already there, so you won’t need the tent and air mattresses. If your cabin has a kitchenette, you won’t need to bring the kitchen tent and the portable grills.

One of the biggest things that people overlook when they go tent camping in the summer is the agony of waking up covered in sweat, sunlight beating right down through that nylon wall.

With cabin camping, you won’t get that uncomfortable sleep and you won’t wake up feeling dehydrated every morning.

Tent in the forest. Tent camping can mean more bugs and wildlife.

Camping With Tents: The Cons

The most obvious con of camping with tents is the sleeping experience. You are going to be uncomfortable, unless you bring a giant portable bed with you.

Even with an air mattress, you can still run into problems. We’ve all experienced our air mattresses deflating gradually overnight and waking up on the tent floor. You could even end up on a rock underneath the tent.

Another con to tent camping is that you are now closer to the annoying downsides of the outdoors: bugs and nature’s elements. When just a zipper stands in your way, it’s much easier for bugs and rain water to sneak in.

Tent camping is also cheaper than renting a cabin, but many campers end up spending hundreds of dollars on equipment.

In fact, in 2014, Americans spent an average of $1.5 billion on camping supplies. To avoid spending too much on camping equipment, try some dollar store hacks or borrow some items from your camping expert friends.

Cabin in a campground with hammock. Cabin camping doesn't require expensive gear.

Camping With Cabins: The Cons

Seasoned campers might tell you that a cabin doesn’t give you that outdoors experience. You now have luxuries like running water, so it’s a lot harder to feel more primitive if that’s the type of trip you’re looking for.

Camping with cabins is essentially like camping with a permanent tent. You still have to obey the park’s camping regulations, and you’ll still have to trek over to the park’s restroom if you want to take a shower.

The biggest and most obvious downside to renting a cabin is the cost. Cabin rentals cost more than tent camping, but you won’t need the expensive gadgets and accessories.

Cabin in the woods. The debate between cabin or tent is on.

So…Cabin or Tent?

Now, it’s time for the bottom line. What will your final decision be?

There are plenty of advantages with both options. It really depends on your own situation and what you want to get out of your vacation.

We’ve narrowed it down for you. Now it’s time to pick.


The Case for Tent Camping

If you’re looking for a real outdoors experience, and don’t mind getting a little dirty, tent camping is for you. You get to be as close to nature as possible, while still covered from the elements.

Pitching a tent is a better option if you’re planning a shorter, weekend getaway.

There’s nothing better than spending time in the outdoors, but sleeping uncomfortably for too long can hurt your back. Additionally, waking up drenched in sweat and feeling dehydrated on those hot summer mornings can be uncomfortable for more than a few days.

If you do decide to take the whole family tent camping, make sure you read up on your tips for camping with children to make the most out of the event.


The Case for Cabin Camping

But if you think you’d like a little more shelter, with a more comfortable sleeping experience, you’ll want to try cabin camping.

If the thought of only a piece of fabric separating you from the creatures of the night, you’ll feel much better renting a cabin. Especially if it’s going to rain.

As a result, cabin camping is better if you’re planning on staying for more than just a weekend.

You might consider this option if you’re bringing the whole family with you, too, because it’ll be more convenient with the children there. If you’ve spent the whole day at the splash pad or swimming at the lake, you’ll want somewhere a little more dry to get comfortable.

People enjoying dinner at a campsite. Choosing between cabin or tent camping is hard.

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