Everything You Need to Know About Camping in a Yurt

When it comes to unique experiences, few options can beat the novelty and cozy charm of camping in a yurt. Yurt camping isn’t just an alternative to sleeping in a tent; it’s a cultural experience and an escape from the conventional. 

Below we’ll go over everything you need to know about yurt camping to make your camping trip fun and memorable. We’ll also let you know all the do’s and don’ts to avoid any stressful situations. From what to pack, bringing pets, and the experience as a whole we’ll cover it all!

This isn’t your dad’s camping trip!

It’s a chance to…

  • Break free from the ordinary
  • Make memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Immerse yourself in a tradition that spans continents and cultures.
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience
  • Connect with friends and loved ones

                          So, what do you need to know about yurt camping as a first timer?
                                                                 Let’s take a look!


What’s a Yurt Anyways?

A female nomad inside their yurt

Historically, yurts
 originated from the steppes of Central Asia and are an ancient form of portable tent that offer durability and comfort to nomadic herders. They contain a single room and are circular in shape, almost like a giant dome, and resemble tents but offer sturdier protection against harsh weather. 

Traditionally crafted from natural materials like wood and wool, yurts are lightweight and easy to assemble. Their ingenious design maximizes internal space while minimizing the materials needed for construction, making them efficient and sustainable living spaces.

Modern-day yurts maintain the essence of that traditional design, while adding contemporary comforts. They utilize materials such as lightweight steel frames, insulated walls, and fabrics.

Some people even live in them as an alternative home, with all the modern conveniences. Unlike the yurts of olden days, many modern yurts are fixed as permanent structures allowing them to be even larger. With customizable options allowing for personalization in size and layout, the only limit is your imagination.


Inside a modern Yurt home

 As you step into a modern yurt, you’re greeted by an expansive space that feels both cozy and airy. The dome shape allows for plenty of room, and unlike a typical tent where you have to crawl in, you can just walk into a yurt!

You’ll immediately notice the structure’s skeleton, with lattice walls along with roof poles attached to a ring in the center of the roof, which is called the crown. The crown allows air circulation inside the yurt, and as well acts as a chimney to let fire smoke out. This crown typically remains partially open, but can be closed.

The central area often serves as a multipurpose living space, furnished with cushions or small sofas arranged around a low table, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. At night, sleeping areas are typically situated around the perimeter of the yurt, with beds or sleeping pads offering a comfortable rest under the curved roof.

Despite its rustic charm, many modern yurts are equipped with amenities that cater to daily needs. Facilities for bathing and using the bathroom may vary depending on the yurt’s setup, with some featuring attached bathrooms while others utilize shared facilities located nearby.

One thing many will notice is the lack of a typical heating system. Instead, many yurts rely on open fires or wood stoves for warmth during colder seasons. This traditional method not only adds to the ambiance, but also is a crucial part of the cultural experience both then and now.

group of friends yurt camping

Friends and family would gather around the flickering flames and share stories, or just talk about life in general.
While this used to be common for thousands of years, it’s something we tend to neglect more and more in our modern age.

The creation of deeper connections between everyone, begins with a simple conversation. Overall,  stepping into a modern yurt is like seeing the past come alive.

The only thing you don’t find is the scent of cooking and farm animals, and while you will definitely want to cook in your yurt, it’s probably best to skip the latter!

The Yurt Camping Experience 

family hanging out yurt camping
Outside the yurt, the sounds of nature fills the air and you can see other campers beginning their day…

The smell of coffee wafts from many directions, making you want to find a cup as it’s a bit chilly, too. A family next to you offers you a cup, and you stand by the embers of last night’s fire to warm up as you talk to a new friend.

The yurt camping experience often can feel like you’re in a tribe. With groups of yurts clustered together and a family or friends in each one. Unlike relationships based solely on proximity, the connections forged are enriched by a mutual appreciation for nature and the outdoors. 

Whether sharing meals, swapping stories around the campfire, or just enjoying the tranquility of nature together, these communal relations enhance the overall camping experience and create lasting memories and friendships that extend far beyond your yurt camping trip.

All the typical camping activities are possible to enjoy as well, offering a wide range of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts.  Whether it’s exploring the intricacies of wildlife, honing survival skills, or simply taking a hike and unwinding amidst nature’s tranquility, yurt camping camping creates a profound connection with the great outdoors. Some suggested activities like fishing, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, and birdwatching are just a few of the possibilities. 


What Should I Bring Going Yurt Camping?  

couple unpacking inside of a yurt Preparing for a yurt camping trip is much the same as tent camping, but you can fit more stuff!  Before packing for your journey, it’s important to consider what you’ll be doing on your trip.

Take into account factors such as the duration of your stay, the weather forecast, and any planned activities. 

While yurts provide a unique blend of rustic charm and modern comfort, they may lack certain amenities commonly found in traditional accommodations.

Therefore, packing strategically is key to maximizing your comfort and convenience during your stay.  If you do forget something, there’s usually somewhere not too far away you can drive to and get what your need.

You definitely don’t want to forget anything you may need, so it’s helpful to make a list. Forgetting something you needed while in the middle of the woods is never fun! From outdoor gear to cooking essentials and party favors, here’s a comprehensive list of items to bring along for your yurt camping trip:

  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Cooking utensils and portable stove (some places provide)
  • Food and beverages
  • Water container or purification system
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Personal hygiene items and toiletries
  • Tobacco for those that haven’t kicked the butt!
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Camping chairs or portable seating
  • Entertainment such as books or games
  • Maps or navigation tools for exploring the surrounding area
  • Trash bags for waste disposal
  • Matches or a lighter

Yurt Camping with Pets

a couple and their outside of a yurt while campingYurt camping with pets requires some planning to ensure the safety and well-being of both your furry friend and fellow campers. Before leaving for your trip, it’s essential to research campgrounds that are pet-friendly and familiarize yourself with their specific rules and regulations regarding pets.

You should also make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and flea/tick prevention to protect them while in the woods. 

When packing for your trip, don’t forget to bring along their essentials such as food, water, bedding, leash, and waste disposal bags. Definitely remember the waste disposal bags.

Nothing will make you the most despised camper like not picking up pet waste!

Coyotes found as part of the Native animals in North CarolinaLastly, consider your pet’s comfort and safety. If it’s supposed to be 100 degrees out on your trip, maybe leave your little buddy home.

If there isn’t a rule about leashes, keep in mind that chasing your dog through unfamiliar woods could result in getting lost yourself. There’s also plenty of other animals that may find smaller dogs a yummy snack, so for both you and your pets well being.. use a leash!

Ready to Go a Yurtin’?

Farmstead Logo – Black (2)With its blend of cultural heritage and modern comforts, camping in a yurt is a unique opportunity to break free from traditional camping norms and immerse yourself in a world of cozy charm and communal connections.

The Farmstead at Mill Springs in North Carolina welcomes you to come yurt camping, give us a call or email us to find out more and book your yurt. Whether you’re sharing stories around the campfire, exploring nature, or simply enjoying the outdoors, yurt camping at The Farmstead is sure to create lasting memories and forge deep friendships. 

So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for a journey filled with adventure, laughter, and fun!

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