Outdoor enthusiasts have changed. There was a time when camping meant spending the night in a small tent, roughing the wilderness and missing out on all of the pleasures of home. But today, many people are choosing glamping for their outdoor escapes.
If you want to have the best of both worlds, you can, but you’ll still need to bring the right glamping essentials with you.
What is Glamping?
Glamping is not the same thing as camping, despite what you may have heard. While glamping is a form of camping, it’s short for glamorous camping. The idea is that people can be out in nature, enjoying the outdoors and still rely on the comforts of home.
Instead of a rustic tent that practically blows away in the wind, glamping includes:
- Safari tents
Your accommodations are sturdy and come with furniture, ample space and a bed to sleep in – in most cases. Even treehouses, safari tents and yurts are often decked out with kitchens, bathrooms and a real bed.
The location may be unique, but you won’t feel like Bear Grylls trying to rough it out in the wild when all you really want is an escape from the hustle and bustle of life.
Why is Glamping So Popular?
If you’re an avid outdoorsman and really love being at one with nature, you may be wondering why anyone would want to go glamping. But the truth is that people want running water and a warm bed to sleep in.
For those with kids, glamping is a very practical option. You’ll be able to experience the outdoors, but don’t need to worry about cold fronts, rain or going to the bathroom in the woods.
Glamping was a craze ten years ago and it became an official word, added to the dictionary, in 2018. People want the luxuries of home, the adventure of camping and the comfort of knowing that after they sit around the campfire, they can enjoy a hot shower and a warm bed to sleep in.
The glamping concept is also a great for anyone that wants to enjoy the camping experience but may not have had the opportunity due to the physical demands of sleeping on the ground or the thought of battling the elements outdoors. Glamping is the perfect activity to bring family and friends together across all ages and experience levels!
6 Glamping Essentials You’ll Need for Your Adventure
Food should be on the top priority list. Typically when you’re camping, you will bring “rough it” food, but you can bring anything you want glamping. If the location you will be staying at has a kitchen, you can bring anything from chicken and sausage to ice cream and lunch meat.
You should also bring along classic s’mores ingredients:
- Graham crackers
If you don’t like eating s’mores, just bring the marshmallows along.
2. Radiate Portable Campfire
Don’t spend time trying to make a fire that won’t light. Our classic, unscented Radiate campfire can help you enjoy a true camping experience. Roast some marshallows, or bring chocolate and graham crackers to make s’mores.
And if you don’t plan on roasting anything over the fire, you can bring along our eucalyptus scent, which will act as a natural bug deterrent.
Campfires bring a beautiful ambiance to the outdoors and provide you with additional light while you look at the stars. The classic will burn for about 3 to 5 hours and can easily be extinguished to use it multiple times.
Whether you’re glamping on a lake or in mountains of Colorado, the Radiate portable campfire can go with you everywhere.
3. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Ghost stories told while sitting around a campfire are one of the spooky, unforgettable moments of camping trips. If you don’t have an imagination, you can now download scary eBooks and stories and play them on a portable Bluetooth speaker.
You can also connect to your speaker and listen to music, too.
When luxury is a top priority for your camping experience, you might as well have some great music to go along with the experience.
4. Outdoor Rug
An outdoor rug or even some sheets will allow you to have a nice place to sit and/or eat while you’re glamping. Of course, you can also choose to eat at the traditional table, but that’s a lot less fun than a fancy picnic outside.
You’ll find a lot of chairs, designed for camping, that can easily stow away and be carried on your back or in your arms. Coleman and GCI sell a lot of great chairs that are easy to setup and can be placed around the campfire if you want.
Chairs are a great option if you plan on hiking or walking through nearby trails while glamping.
You can find some lightweight chairs that you can carry on your back and place down when needed. This is a great option for anyone with ambulatory issues and they may need to sit. And if there’s a creek or lake nearby, you’ll have somewhere to sit and enjoy the views.
6. Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie boards are a great option for glamping because you can bring them and fill them with treats, such as cheese, olives, a variety of meats, and chocolate. This is one of the essentials that is nice to have, while it’s certainly not a necessity, it’s a great snack that makes any occasion feel a little extra glamorous.
If you plan on glamping with groups of people, the need for one of these boards increases because you add an abundance of treats so there is something everyone likes on the board!
Of course, an essential that is not an actual tangible item is picking your location. You can go anywhere: beaches, mountains, lakes – choose one. The idea is to pick a scenic location with an amazing view. You'll find a lot of campgrounds and big destinations are teeming with glamping opportunities to enjoy.
If you bring the glamping essentials listed above with you to your glamping destination, you’ll be better prepared for a night under the stars.
The idea of glamping has really caught on, with people across the world opting to camp out in luxury rather than roughing it out in the woods. That being said, you will often find many campgrounds that offer the traditional experience or even the glamping experience. Several of the well-known campgrounds have started to offer a cabin or small glamping setup for people to enjoy.