If you’re someone who enjoys their creature comforts while on holiday, but would like to experience the freedom that camping promises, then glamping may be for you. Glamping is, as the name suggests, glamorous camping and it allows you to reconnect with nature and enjoy all the benefits that accompany camping in style and comfort.
Plan Carefully and Pack Smart
It’s important to do your research early on, particularly when the weather starts to get warmer. Some popular campsites become booked up very quickly in June, July and August. Decide what kind of setting will best suit you and your family or friends and book early to avoid disappointment. There are plenty of excellent essential glamping checklists available online that you can draw inspiration from. Remember to write or print out your own so you can triple check that you haven’t forgotten anything before you leave.
Gourmet Food and Drink
Remember that when you’re glamping, you don’t have to stick to the usual menu of hotdogs and burgers. You can cook high-quality, gourmet food on a campsite, just think steak, salmon and grilled vegetables. You can buy deluxe camping stoves and propane-powered ovens for your camping kitchen, and tableware that is 100 percent biodegradable instead of using Styrofoam or plastic cutlery and crockery.
Camping coffee makers will provide you with delicious, freshly brewed coffee and so you can forget about drinking instant. If you’re considering a glamping trip with your girlfriends, why not bring a portable bar that includes stainless steel martini glasses, a wine carafe, a corkscrew, a bottle opener and a cocktail shaker.
Glamping is all about being as comfortable as possible. There’s no reason why you should sit on damp grass or spend an uncomfortable night’s sleep on the ground. Bring an air mattress and add a memory foam topper. Some glamping guides will even recommend silk sleeping bag liners, as they protect the inside of sleeping bags and will feel truly luxurious against your skin. A waterproof coat may not always be the most stylish item, but it’s a necessity on glamping trips, so check out specialist retailers like E-outdoor. It’s also a good idea to invest in a high-quality folding chair. They come in every colour and some have reclining functions and built-in footrests. The most stylish glampers usually have a hammock in their luggage too, so that they can kick back between the trees on lazy afternoons.
Remember that your campsite needs to be left exactly as you found it at the end of your stay. Respect the environment and use biodegradable shampoos, soaps and washing up liquids. You should minimize your impact on the natural world by leaving nothing behind when it’s time for you and your party to return home.