Have you ever wanted to go camping, but just didn’t think you would be able to truly “rough it”? You can now experience the outdoors without sacrificing luxury. Glamping is a fusion of glamour and camping and you can do it anywhere. You can DIY or find a location that has everything set up and ready for you. You can have your choice of luxury accommodations such as treehouses, cottages, yurts, lodges, villas, cabins, tepees and more. Interested? Here are the top 10 tips for your first time glamping this summer.
- Start Planning Early. Some places sell out months in advance. You’ll need to make sure you book your spot as soon as you decide it’s happening.
- Know What’s Supplied. Before you pack up and head to your campsite, make sure you know exactly what they have (running water, fire pits, toilets, etc). You want to be prepared for anything. A glamping trip would not be fun if you’re missing a necessity.
- Ditch the Sleeping Bag. Instead of bringing that smelly and thin sleeping bag, pack your oversized, blow up air mattress and your most comfortable bedding. Pack tons of comfy pillows as well. Sleeping on the floor while glamping is not allowed. Your back will thank you and you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors pain-free.
- Enjoy Gourmet Meals. Skip the campfire grilling and bring a camp oven/stove with you. You can now cook whatever your little heart desires.
- Lay Down the Accent Rugs. Bring a large one to spruce up the area and also prevent you from tracking dirt in your tent.
- Set the Table. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to eat with your hands on a log. Bring a table with you and decorate it with a table cloth, napkins, plates and silverware. Give it a special touch with a Ball jar filled with plants from your surroundings.
- Drink Espresso. Instant coffee is not allowed at your glampsite. Bring a stovetop Espresso Maker or a French Press.
- Be Responsible with Fire. Don’t bring candles or let your campfire burn unattended.
- Go Green. You are, after all, enjoying nature. Make sure to bring biodegradable items such as tableware, dish soap, shampoo and toilet paper.
- Remember You’re Still in the Wild. Avoid wild animals getting to your food by storing it all in a cooler in the trunk of your car. Keep it away from your tent.
If you don’t want to do-it-yourself here are some suggested glampsites:
Safari in Kenya – there are hundreds of safari camps to choose from. If you don’t think you can get out to Africa, try Shambala in California or Fossil Rim Foothills Safari Camp in Texas.
The Talking Trees Campground – enjoy a spa treatment in Hodgen, OK. This campground offers hydrotherapy, massages and catered meals.
The Out ‘N’ About Treehouse Treesort – This resort in Takilma, Oregon boasts over ten types of treehouse accommodations equipped with ziplines.
– By Lana Evans, Editor @Lana_Evans2