Camping is not for everyone. Roughing it out in the woods for a few days seems like the opposite of fun for those who enjoy the little luxuries in life. There is a way to experience the beauty of nature without the nitty-gritty of camping. Try glamping – its elevated counterpart!
Glamping is much like camping but has a touch of modern luxury. Unlike regular camping, you don’t have to buy and set up your gear. Glamping still allows you to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy campfire activities. The charm is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort. But note that you can prepare better, especially if it’s your first glamping adventure. So, if you plan to go glamping, here are a few reminders to make the most of your trip.
1. Research Your Desired Location
Let’s say you already have an idea where you want to go glamping. It’s still worth knowing what kind of place you want to spend a few days in so you’ll know what to expect. For starters, here are some considerations for you to make:
- The possible number of people staying at the site
- The location of the cabin, tent, or hut
- The condition of the bath and toilet facilities: ask for their location and supplies
- Activities that you can do in the area, and if they are nearby and within walking distance
- Convenience stores or groceries in the area and what kind of items do you need to bring
- Food options on-site and restaurants nearby
- Other amenities inside such as a swimming pool or a café
Another option is to rent a motor home instead of spending time at a glamping site. Many consider staying in an RV more convenient because the vehicle supports running water and electronics (depending on the make). You can drive to any destination where motorhomes are allowed. Sometimes, RV companies will throw in more than a chance to stay at their luxury motor homes. According to Wilderness, renters will also get exclusive information on locations known only to the locale. You get a chance to become an explorer and experience the destination more intimately.
2. Pack Essential Items
How luxurious is the place? If your desired location for glamping is high-end, they tend to have almost everything you need. What you pack will depend on the level of luxury you want. You will need specific items, mainly staying in the wilderness.
Consider that some glamping sites won’t have everything you need. Sometimes, you will even have to pack your towels, utensils, and bedding. Most glamping sites also have electricity, a bathroom, and a shower. Make sure to inquire what you will need to bring along. Below is a typical camping list of items that you might need to bring along:
- First-aid kit (with extra medication if necessary)
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag or air mattress
- Electric stove or portable propane
- Charcoal grill, charcoal, and lighter
- Portable cooler
- Mugs or glasses
- Coffee pot
- Pans, bowls, and plates
- Spoons, forks, knives
- Bottle opener
- Dishwashing liquid, sponges, or brushes
- Garbage bags
Food And Drink
- Food depending on your diet
- Condiments (salt, pepper, sugar, spices)
- Water, alcoholic beverages, or juices
- Snacks or fruit
- Coffee or tea
- Underwear and socks
- T-shirts, pants, shorts
- Boots, shoes, slippers, sandals
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hand sanitizer
3. Pack Gadgets And Entertainment
Glamping is also about having fun. At most sites, you’ll be able to use gadgets even when you have to plug them. First, you will need a travel tech item bag to safely place your devices, especially those requiring charging or using power. A bag with various compartments and cushioning will help you keep them from getting damaged.
A phone is not the only gadget you can bring along on your trip. You can even set up fairy lights or a set of lighting that can help you find your way back to your camp if the site doesn’t have them.
A Swiss Army Knife is also a handy tool to have around because of its many tools for cutting, opening tins, and filing your nails, among others. Bring a power bank if you don’t want your phone or other rechargeable devices to run out of power. Alternatively, you can also bring a portable solar panel that’s especially useful because it will charge under the sun.
Here is a list of items that you can bring for entertainment:
- Card games
- Board games
- Portable DVD player and movies
- Books or magazines
- Music player
- Camera gear
- Portable WiFi
- Outdoor games
4. Look Into The Weather Forecast
If your accommodation is a tent, it’s best to plan your holiday trip in more pleasant weather. The unpredictability of the weather can dampen your glamping trip. While preparing items you’re bringing, make sure to check the weather forecast as well. Even if the forecast says that there will be sunny or agreeable weather, it’s recommended to pack items that will help you fend off rain just in case.
5. Plan Your Safety And Protection
Wherever you go, your safety should always be your priority, and that goes double when you have your family or friends with you. While glamping is a bit different from camping, you will be spending night and day in nature. It’s always best to be prepared for any circumstance, so your mind will be more at ease during your trip and stay. A separate pack includes a first-aid kit, flashlight, medication, mosquito repellent, and sunglasses.
Your first-aid kit should contain various medications for treating minor traumatic injuries such as burns, cuts, sprains, stings, abrasions, and more. Likewise, it would help if you also had medicines for allergies, mild pain, skin problems, and gastrointestinal issues.
Make time to create a travel first-aid kit. You can fill a simple pouch with the following:
- Medical tape
- Sterile gauze pads
- Topical gel or cream for burns
- Moleskin for blisters
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic agent
- Antihistamine cream
- Cough medication
- Nasal decongestant
- Personal medications
Glamping can be fun and worry-free when you’re better prepared. Since you’re likely to spend more time outdoors, it pays to have the right items on hand in case of emergencies. If you’re worried about overpacking, search for items that are travel size because they tend to be smaller and take up less space. Don’t be shy when asking for assistance. Your goal is to make the most out of the trip.