For those who don’t relish the idea of “roughing it” out in the wilderness, have we got the thing for you! Try Glamping! Glamping, the fancy term for glamorous camping, is a growing trend that offers the excitement of being out in nature with some comfy amenities. Think twinkling lights, plush pillows, mouth-watering food spreads—a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the luxury.
While there are numerous glamping destinations you can visit (both locally, nationally, or even internationally), why not try glamping on your own? Try a few of these tips to add some razzle-dazzle to your next camping experience.
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Location is Everything
Whether you’re looking for a view of the mountains, lake-side charm, rustic beach shores, or your own backyard, familiarize yourself with your destination. If you’re staying at a campsite or resort, plan in advance. A lot of locations sell out, especially on holiday weekends. Inquire about amenities such as running water, electrical hook ups, nearby restrooms. It’s best to know what you can expect and to show up prepared. If you want to be totally pampered, find a destination that is all set up for you through airbnb, glamping hub or glamping.com.
Bring in the Cozy
First things first, invest in a good quality air mattress. We’re not talking your run of the mill mattress-that-leaks-out-air-as-you-sleep-until-basically-you’re-on-the-ground mattress. We’re talking a double-high, super comfy mattress! (But, be sure that you have a battery-operated pump if you don’t have electrical access). And, of course, you’ll need pillows, a few more pillows, and then some throw pillows (you know, for color). Don’t forget to bring multiple soft and cozy blankets, quilts or throws. You might even want to drape some muslin around your bed to create a more romantic, fancy feel—I mean, if you’re going all out, you might as well REALLY go all out!
Don’t Forget the Decorations
Don’t be afraid to add some personal touches to your campsite. Bring white twinkle lights and hang them up around your area. Instead of packing supplies in a tote, use some large wicker baskets, then flip the baskets over to use as a nightstand. Bring a throw rug for the base of your tent, and fabric tablecloths and runners to spruce up your table set-up. Some other things to consider could include: real plates and utensils (grab some colorful plastic dishes to help add a splash of color); a tapestry to hang as a back drop; lanterns and more lanterns; a cute chandelier to hang from your tent’s ceiling; flower arrangements. The list can go on and on. Get creative, but also be sure to use eco-friendly materials when you’re able and to leave your campsite cleaner than how you found it.
Feed Your Inner Foodie
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can only eat hot dogs and chips! With an open fire, a cast-iron skillet and some foil, the options are endless. Or, bring a small grill for some easy grilling recipes. Try recipes that utilize fresh, natural, seasonal ingredients. Plus, don’t forget the s’mores!
Remember, a great outdoors experience doesn’t mean you have to put up with bugs, dirt, sweat and critters! With a little creativity and planning, your next glamping expedition can be just as luxurious as a hotel resort, for less than half the cost!