Some people absolutely love getting stuck into the rough wilds of the great outdoors, not seeing anything crazy about a spot of November camping. Then there are people who absolutely loathe the very idea of sleeping outside. But somewhere in between is an emerging set of people; those who feel that unbearable urge to go camping but really can’t hack roughing it.
That is where glamping comes in.
Within this group, normal tents are not welcome, having to hunt your dinner is forbidden and only carrying the necessities is preposterous. Oh, yeah, this is enjoying mother nature like never before. So, without further ado, here are the essential things you need to enjoy this fabulous new hobby of yours on your next holiday.
No Regular Tents
No way. Regular tents are small, cramped, cold and uncomfortable. What you need instead is either a bell tent, a teepee, a campervan of some sort or a hammock tent. Essentially, you need a shelter that you can decorate, make homely and walk around in without having to duck.
Bedding Must Be Plush
Sleeping bags don’t exactly ooze luxe. Luckily for you, glamping is all about soft and luxurious bedding where the higher the tog count the more bonus points you get. Thick duvets, memory foam pillows, soft blankets, thick throws and fluffy cushions and maybe even a mattress.
Torches Aren’t Good Enough
In traditional camping, a head-torch is all you need. In glamping, that simply won’t suffice. No way. Frosted bulb string lights, flashing fairy lights, tall Roman candles, rustic lanterns and anything else that will help illuminate your home away from home with a gorgeous low hue.
Delicious Food & Drink Only
One pot meals and stews are all good and well, but they don’t exactly make your taste buds trip the light fantastic. That’s why you need to make an effort on this front. By all means have a barbecue, just make sure you have pre-made some amazing side dishes. Oh, and go wild with the snacks. Luxury Chocolates, sourdough pretzels, dried fruit and nuts and caramel popcorn. As for drinks, stock up on vintage-style pop for the kids and have cocktails for the adults.
Oh, & Dessert Is A Must Too
A camping trip without cooking marshmallows is not a camping trip. However, just popping a marshmallow on a stick is not enough if you want to go glamping. You need to take them up a level, by which we mean making a marshmallow and brownie mix sandwich out of waffle cookies. Mmmmm.
Good Coffee Needed
Just because you are in the great outdoors and supposedly away from life’s stresses, does not mean you can operate without water shot through ground coffee beans at a very high pressure, which is why you need to pack a non-electric espresso maker. Yes, these are a thing.
Brighten Up Your Fire
A campfire is another staple part of the camping diet. However, sitting around a flickering pit of bog-standard orange flames is not enough. You want to enjoy a fire made up of greens, blues, purples, reds and more, which is where mystical fire powder comes in.
It’s the little things in glamping that make the biggest difference.