Like the idea of camping except for all the getting back to nature stuff? Chicago’s luxe landmark The Gwen offers the city’s first urban glamping experience. With bird’s-eye views of Michigan Avenue, the 16th-floor private terrace of the Gwen Lux Suite has a boho Lotus Belle tent with a comfy queen-sized bed.
SAGA is developing an innovative shelter design that could be used by astronauts on the moon. Designed to survive extreme weather conditions, it packs up small for transit and expands to more than five times its original size when opened up. It’s designed to land on-site fully outfitted with furniture, food, water, and resources.
Whether you just like the idea of indoor camping or need more darkness and privacy to help you sleep, this bed-top tent should do the trick. Made from breathable pongee fabric, it pops up easily around your mattress, reducing light and noise when zipped up. Available in twin, full, or queen sizes. Great for top bunks too.
This folding canopy turns the spot behind your hatchback, crossover, or SUV into a covered patio. It attaches to the rear liftgate of most vehicles and can provide up to 36 sq. ft. of shelter from the sun and rain with its water-resistant polyester roof. Its design lets you easily access cargo, and when it’s not in use, it packs up small.
Getting off the ground when you’re camping has all kinds of advantages – keeping you away from damp ground, providing greater visibility, and improving sleep comfort. The Aerial A1 can be set up between trees using its slackline-inspired suspension system, as well as on rough, uneven terrain when trees aren’t available.
Weighing just 62 pounds, GentleTent’s inflatable tent puts a spacious camping shelter on your pickup truck. The rooftop area can hold a full-size mattress, while the bed section has a standing height of 7+ feet. When not in use, it folds to just 7″ high. Perfect for dual-cab Rangers, Colorados, Frontiers, and Tacomas.
Ready to drop everything and hide out from the world? This amazing getaway in Hot Springs, Arizona offers guests a peaceful and idyllic setting under its tented roof. The 1-bedroom, 1-bath retreat is loaded with luxurious amenities, a plush king-size bed, a soaking tub, indoor and outdoor living spaces, and a spacious hot tub.
Tents are usually made from nylon. For a longer-lasting shelter, there’s a material that combines fabric and concrete and allows for semi-permanent structures to be erected in minutes. Wonder World shows us how pre-sewn Concrete Canvas can be inflated then sprayed with water to harden into shape.
Kammok’s Mantis is a single-person hammock that doubles as a tent. It weighs just under 3 pounds, including its insect net and a rainfly. A single person can set it up in about a minute, and the rainfly can be removed to pack even lighter or to customize your setup.
Heimplanet’s innovative The Cave tent is a true wonder, using an inflatable airframe and ripstop nylon to pack up small, then set up in just a minute without any help. We took some time to enjoy this modern tent out on our back deck while sheltering in place in Chicago this Summer.
This packable tent can store in the trunk of your SUV or crossover, and gives you an enclosed living space perfect for camping or day trips. The 6.5 foot-tall cube sets up in 3 to 5 minutes, and is waterproof, UV-resistant, and has integrated mosquito netting. Save an extra 20% off with code SUMMERSAVE20 (exp 5.26.20)
The Skycamp Mini transforms nearly any small car, short-bed pickup, or SUV rooftop into a 2-person sleeping tent with a quick 1-minute setup. The 125-pound tent has double-layer canvas with air insulation, an aluminum floor, and an aerodynamic hard shell that makes it condensation resistant and almost soundproof.
This modular system gives you everything you need to enjoy your campsite day or night. It includes a tent with an integrated quilt and self-inflating mattress, and a removable fly sheet and bug mesh. Its parts can be used as a picnic blanket and a hammock, and you can combine multiple tents to make a larger shelter.
Roam Adventure Co.’s Vagabond is a sturdy fold-out tent that can be attached to your vehicle’s roof rack or truck bed, and sleeps 2 to 3 people. It’s got a telescoping aluminum ladder, a comfy high-density foam mattress, unzippable windows and skylight, and shelters you from the elements with its durable ripstop fabric.
The Flying Tent is a foldable nylon bivy tent that can also be set up as a hammock, a floating tent and even worn as a poncho. It’s waterproof and also has a mosquito net, and easily folds back into its slim carrying bag. An optional underquilt provides added warmth for chilly locations.
The TentTube is an affordable and lighter alternative to Heimplanet’s popular inflatable tents. It also uses an inflatable exoskeleton, and comes with a pump that lets you set up the tent by yourself in just a minute. It’s windproof and waterproof and has room for up to three people.
Privacy Pop transforms ordinary beds into private sleeping chambers. Simply place your mattress inside the pop-up tent, and you can roll down the sides to cut out light too. Available in sizes from toddler to king, and a wide variety of colors. Folds up compact for storage too.
Crua Outdoors‘ latest hammock can be turned into a single-person tent. It’s water-resistant, has a mesh layer for ventilation, and a ground sheet for insulation, and weighs less than the original. It also comes with a customized sleeping bag and a self-inflating mattress.
GoFastCampers claims that they’ve made the world’s thinnest roof top tent with its upcoming Platform RTT. It’s only 6″ thick when folded, but unfolds to 4′ tall when deployed. It doubles as a rack where you can mount roof racks and more. Drops Summer 2018 for $3250+.
Tentsile specializes in suspended tents, but its upcoming model promises to be even more versatile. This unique tent has an inflatable base that allows it to float on water. The five-person tent can also be used on land, and of course suspended. Drops 2/2019 for $1,999.