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Glamping is a portmanteau of the words glamorous and camping. It’s an exceptionally unique adventure created for people who love nature, but also love the luxuries of a hotel. In other words, it gives you the best of both worlds. Most glamp sites offer clean beddings and comfortable mattresses. They also provide free towels and a fully functional bathroom and yes, just like in hotels, they offer hot and cold showers.
Glamping also protects you from extreme weather conditions, but not all glamping sites offer the same amenities. Some offer onsite restaurants; free Wi-Fi and air conditioning while others don’t. To know what to expect, we recommend you visit their website so you can visualize how your glamping trip is going to be. Knowing the amenities they offer will also give you an idea what to pack. Besides checking their website, you can also call them to inquire about the possible weather condition on the date of your trip.
One of the things we love about glamping is you don’t have to set up the tent yourself. You don’t need to bring any equipment for your shelter because everything is all set and ready. However, there are a few things you need to pack. It’s important to know that packing for an overnight stay in a hotel is completely different from packing for a night of glamping.
Knowing what to pack will save you from inconvenience. If you’re about to go glamping whether it’s with your family or friends make sure you go prepared. Here are 6 essential things that must be in your trunk before you head out.
The clothes you’ll need to bring on a glamping trip are quite similar to the clothes you’d pack if you were out camping. Regardless if the glamping venue offers heat and air-conditioning, the clothes you need to bring should be comfortable enough to wear outdoors.
Remember, glamping sites are situated in the outdoors where you get to spend time enjoying nature. Think about what clothes will make you feel comfortable when going trekking, hiking, or spending the night around a bonfire making smores or drinking beer.
Also, before you pack make sure you check out the weather condition. For campers, the safest way to prepare for erratic weather conditions is to bring layers of clothing. Besides, if it gets too hot you can just remove the layers off. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
While it’s true that glamping is a way to get out of your comfort zone and reconnect with nature, there will be times when you just want to lounge and relax after spending hours trekking or exploring the camp site.
Make sure to bring books, sports equipment, or board games for entertainment. If the glamping site is near a river or a lake you can bring swimming gears.
People go out glamping to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and although it’s a good excuse to disconnect and be one with nature, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to ditch technology completely.
Bring all the necessary gadgets you’ll need for your glamping trip including your smartphone or an iPad to take photos and videos of your trip and to watch a good movie during your downtime. And oh, don’t forget to bring your charger, a waterproof case, a GoPro (if you have one) and headphones.
Besides clothes, you also must bring in some accessories. Some of the must-haves during a glamping trip include a sunscreen especially if you are going out during the summer where the heat of the sun can burn your skin, a mosquito repellant to protect you against mosquito-borne diseases, a poncho just in case it rains, a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes, hats, umbrella, water bottles and of course don’t forget your hiking daypack.
For an ultimate glamping experience, you can even add a hammock, a purifier, and a mountain bike. Again, knowing the site by researching before your trip will help you prepare the right outdoor equipment to bring.
One of the most important things to bring when glamping is food! Remember, glamp sites are located far from the city, which means there may not be any grocery stores nearby. Even if the venue has an on-site restaurant, usually the prices are high.
To save money, bring enough food and snacks for everyone on the trip. Meat for grilling, chips for snacks, raw vegetables and some dips, chocolate, beverages, whatever snacks you can think of. Don’t forget to bring containers for leftovers.
Not all glamping sites offer lotions, shampoos, and bars of soap. Again, you can call them to verify if they do or don’t provide toiletries. If they don’t, bring your own bottles of shampoo, conditioners and lotions.
It’s also important to pack over-the-counter drugs like advil or tylenol, antihistamine and other supplements. Also, bring a first aid kit that contains stuff like band-aids, antibiotic creams, and ointments in case you get injured or incur scratches on your skin during your day activities.
In conclusion, the secret to a successful glamping trip is to plan it well in advance. Research and find the best glamp site you can find, call the owners of the place to know about their amenities as well as the possible weather condition on the dates you chose for your trip, create a checklist of everything you’ll need to pack and check them twice before you leave.
If you follow these tips and bring all the essentials, we are more than confident that you’ll have a grand time during your glamping trip! While you’re at it, take as many photos and videos as you can to immortalize the experience! If you’re stressed from work or if you simply want to get out of your normal routine, take your family or friends on a glamping trip!
Glamping is like hitting two birds with one stone, you get to enjoy nature the moment you step out of your tent and experience the luxury of a hotel once you go back in.