Glamping is all the rage, combining all the fun of camping with a heavy dose of glamour. You might initially think it’s an impossible pairing, but don’t knock it until you try it! And if you’re serious about trying it, you need to know what to take.
Luckily, you’re in the right place. We have listed ten essential items you need to take to have the best glamping experience possible. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Although camping is all about getting off-grid and exploring the wilderness, glamping is a little friendlier to those who like our creature comforts. If you know that your glamping experience wouldn’t be complete without your electronic devices, lights, and a speaker to play music for ambience, consider a portable power station. That way, you can stay connected no matter where you are!
Next on our list is comfy clothing. That might not sound like the most glamorous thing, but remember; you’re still camping. That means a cosy sweater and some comfy lounge pants are the best relax-wear for your time at the campsite. You can stay warm while luxuriating.
Even the most glamorous campsites will still feature their fair share of views and wildlife, so why miss out on that? Having a trusty pair of binoculars on hand will mean you never have to miss out on what the great outdoors offers, even if you’re sitting beside your tent.
Depending on the size of your campsite, you could go to town with the decor. Bunting, flowers, fairy lights—you can make the place your own. Just make sure you don’t disturb any other campers in the process! The decor is what transforms a regular camping experience into glamping.
Forget canned beans and freeze-dried camping food—glamping is all about the finer things in life, and that includes your spread.
There’s nothing sweeter than an outdoor picnic, but if you want to go from a three-star feast to a five-star spread, pack dried meats, cheeses, olives, fresh-baked bread, jams and jellies, and of course, wine.
Nature has a lot to offer, but if you’re travelling with small children, you’ll soon learn how quickly that novelty can wear off. To keep your kids active (and save yourself some sanity), bring a variety of games and activities for them to get stuck into on the trip: giant Jenga, outdoor croquet, and many more. There is a whole host of games designed especially for this, so get stuck in!
Of course, your smartphone probably has access to Google Maps and therefore has access to all the maps you could need. However, a paper copy in your backpack can’t hurt, and you never know when you might need it. Plus, mapreading is a dying skill, so you should bring it back to life on your next trip!
Even if you aren’t much of a hiker and don’t plan on going too far from the campsite, a little exercise is always a good idea. You will likely need to take some supplies with you on your mini-quest, and the last thing you want to do is put too much strain on your back. Investing in a modest, comfortable backpack will be something you thank yourself for later.
You don’t need to be going on a hike for the sun to affect your skin, and we’re all aware of the dangers by now. Don’t skip the SPF just because you’re on vacation! Lather up all exposed areas of your body, even if you’re just lounging by the campfire.
Lastly, but by no means least, you need to bring something for the quiet periods. Glamping is fun, but it’s also supposed to be leisurely, and there aren’t many things more relaxing than some quiet reading out in nature.
There is an entire world of stuff you could take on a glamping trip with you to have a great time, but our top ten picks are a fantastic place to start. Make some smart purchases before you leave, and you’re sure to have a great time!