If you’re anything like me, you WANT to love camping. And you do — sort of. You appreciate nature’s beauty, the sense of calm that comes with spending time outdoors and the absence of everyday distractions. But it’s also dirty. And there are bugs. And sleeping on the ground is uncomfortable.
By now, most everyone has heard of glamping (i.e. “glamourous camping”). If you haven’t, you can learn about it here. There are as many ways to glamp as there are to camp. And just because you can’t make it to an amazing, luxurious glamping resort like Collective Retreats, doesn’t mean you can’t set up your own five-star campsite replete with all of your creature comforts to achieve the best of both worlds.
Today we’re showing you what you need to create your own glampsite — from accommodations to toiletries. And who knows? Maybe glamping is the gateway drug to camping …
On one extreme, there are custom-made glamping pods, elaborately constructed yurts and even inflatable bubbles sold for glamping. Depending on your need for comfort and your budget, definitely look into those options. For a more accessible version of glamping, try a canvas tent. We found one that promises an easy 15-minute setup and comes with hooks for hanging lanterns, a heavyweight PVC floor and mosquito netting.
We guarantee you’ll get more sleep if you’re not tossing and turning on the ground all night. Ensure some solid rest by investing in one of the comfortable sleep options available. Not only are there portable air mattresses, but there are also air beds set atop cots that feature folding side tables.
No glamper worth her Maldon Sea Salt will neglect her style just because she’s kicking it outdoors. You’ll need layers, comfortable footwear and rain gear in case the weather turns. We have found some great options shown here:
Being away from home without running water doesn’t mean you have to skimp on your self-care. Pack these luxurious travel cosmetics and you’ll be fresh and clean the whole trip long.
Once you get your tent set up, you’ll want to decorate it and prepare your space for entertaining. All you need to set the scene are plenty of outdoor string lights, a well-stocked picnic basket and an Instagram-able hammock to finish it off.
Now you’re all set to glamp (or camp) wherever your heart desires — even if it’s just in the backyard!
Whether you love camping, glamping or straight-up luxury accommodations, we can help you find your next great escape. Check out SB Travel for hotel recommendations, travel tips, destination ideas and so much more!