When thinking about camping, gazebos might cross your mind as you make a list of things you need. They are attractive when you set them up at the back of your house and they can be great for relaxation. But should you go camping with a gazebo?
Several camping sites don’t let visitors come in with gazebos, which some people have found confusing. ‘Why do I have to sacrifice the comfort or a gazebo because a campsite says so?’
Maybe they are onto something. So, we’ll find out what’s with campsites and gazebos, and also answer some questions you might have about gazebos. Let’s begin with whether or not you really need them.
Do You Need a Gazebo When Camping?
Yes, you do. gazebos can be really helpful when camping, no matter the weather.
In the heat, gazebos will protect you from sunburn and keep you cool, and when it rains, they will shelter you from the rain while you relax.
Here are some reasons you might need a gazebo when camping.
1. Dining Comfortably
When camping, you might have to squeeze into your tent to have your meals, but you can be all the more comfortable when you set up a picnic table. A gazebo helps you to create a serene and comfortable space where you can dine in style despite being on a camping expedition.
You can even go the extra mile to make the space special by throwing in some décor, especially if you’re camping with a significant other or with family.
When you’re camping in the open field, a gazebo can save you from the sun and give you shade when you most need it. Kids can relax and play under the gazebo when you’re on a family camp and you can avoid getting sunburned in the heat.
3. Storage Space
Gazebos can also serve as storage space when you’re out on a short trip. You wouldn’t have to keep packing and unpacking your stuff to and from a backpack or bag. You can simply keep some of your essentials under your gazebo and within reach when you need them.
4. Changing rooms
You can use a gazebo as a changing room when you’re camping without a tent or you have a good number of people using the tent and you want to spread out.
All you need to do is get a gazebo that has walls or flaps you can drop down to afford you the necessary privacy to change your attire.
5. Relaxation center
Playing board games or a game of cards with friends and fellow campers under a gazebo can be a lot of fun. You can relax under a gazebo whether or not you’re playing games and just have conversations with fellow campers.
Are Gazebos Allowed on Campsites?
We have established that gazebos can be quite useful when camping, so yes, you can take your gazebo camping.
However, you’ll need to bear a few things in mind when going camping with a gazebo.
First, gazebos aren’t primarily designed for camping, so they don’t come as strong and sturdy as camping tents do. Many gazebos are designed for gardens so they can be a little out of place when used at a camping site.
For instance, if you have gone camping when the winds are high, you might have seen a ton of gazebos flying around and getting tossed to and fro by the wind. Sometimes, an out-of-control tent can cause accidents.
I have watched a gazebo going off and smacking into several tents around it and causing a ruckus and discomfort to other campers who had to set up their tents again after the gazebo had done its damage.
In short, gazebos are better suited for gardens and sometimes, camps, when the weather is good, but on campsites, they can get out of control once the wind hits.
Is A Gazebo Considered a Tent?
Technically, gazebos are called gazebo tents or pop-up tents, which means they are considered tents. Also, in many cases, gazebos are made from similar polyester or nylon materials that sleeping tents are made from.
However, compared to regular tents, gazebos are very lightweight and not windproof, which makes them very problematic for camping because of the wind.
So, while gazebos are considered to be tents, they are not classified alongside camping tents, which is why several camping sites restrict them while allowing camping tents.
Apart from wind control or its absence in gazebos, another difference between a gazebo tent and a regular tent is that gazebo tents are taller than sleeping tents. They’re made with sitting or standing occupants in mind, so they are taller than standard sleeping tents.
However, without extra wind-proofing, your gazebo might never be able to withstand the elements like a camping or sleeping tent would.
Gazebos would need extra weighted objects or materials attached to their legs, or anchor ropes attached to the ground with the help of heavy-duty pegs.
You can also install an extra wind bar on the roof to improve rigidity. However, before you get all these done, you would have spent more than a pretty penny, which might not be worth it for a camping expedition.
Why Do Some Campsites Not Allow Gazebos?
Many camping sites within the US don’t allow campers to come in with gazebos and the reason isn’t farfetched. Gazebos are accident-prone and can place the owners and other campers in danger if it gets loose due to high winds.
Once they take off, gazebos leave a mess on their trail and many campsites don’t want to have to deal with such a burden.
In some other instances, where there are campsites that don’t ban gazebos outright, they give warnings to campers to take them down when the winds are high and avoid leaving them unattended.
Sometimes, stewards at camping sites can ask people who come in with gazebos to take them down if there is a shortage of camping space in the arena and other campers need to set up their tents.
How To Know If Gazebo Is Not Allowed in A Campsite?
Several campsites state it on their website and information portal to let intending campers know whether or not they can visit with gazebos.
If you don’t find this stated on the website, you can always inquire at the gate or information site before getting to the camping site. That is if you don’t get asked or informed first.
Some people have visited camping sites with gazebos only to be told to leave them in the car and take them back home at the end of their camping expedition.
It is always best to ask before visiting a campsite, and there’s always a contact person you can reach out to for every campsite you might want to visit.
Gazebos are great for relaxation, sporting activities, and hangouts in gardens. However, they can be problematic at campsites despite how useful they can be to a camper.
I advise that you use gazebos within a controlled environment and when there are no winds, to avoid accidents and enjoy your relaxation time better.