What to bring with you when glamping
For many, the idea of getting back to nature, spending the night outdoors under the stars, and waking with the bird-song is a lot more appealing than the reality of camping. Trying to assemble a tent while the kids run riot and the rain pours down, waking in the morning with a sore back from the combination of a deflated air-bed and the hard ground, or lying awake in fear of the tent being blown away, are the sort of fears that can deter many from taking the idea of a camping holiday any further.
Every camper knows they need to bring all the essentials.
In recent years “glamping” has grown in popularity. Glamping sites attempt to combine the traditional camping experience with additional comforts. It could well be described as camping for the faint-hearted. Glamping comes in many forms, but common to every glamping holiday is the fact that your accommodation is set up and ready to go; you don’t have to grapple with tent poles and pegs. Glamping accommodation at its most basic could be an unfurnished wooden pod, best described as a dome-shaped garden shed, sturdy and well insulated. At the other end of the scale, glampers might inhabit large bell tents, tepees, or converted train carriages. Usually, the more upmarket the glamping accommodation, the more sumptuous the furnishings: double beds, bunk beds, microwaves, and kettles. Even the most humble unfurnished pod, however, will normally come equipped with an electric light and heater.
Every camper knows they need to bring all the essentials. The glamper, particularly those heading to the more luxurious glamping sites, may be in danger of thinking all their needs are provided for. Here are five of the most essential items to bring with you on a glamping holiday:
- A Flashlight. OK, so this might seem obvious to regular campers. However, if you’ve been browsing the web and looking at deluxe glamping accommodation, such as superb bell tents with muted lamp-light and sheepskin rugs, it might be easy to forget that you’re still going to be in a pitch-black campsite in the middle of the night. You’ll likely need a flashlight to find your way to and from your glamping pod. Don’t forget a spare set of batteries, or even better, an extra flashlight.
- A bed. This isn’t so relevant for those using the “glampier” of the glamping sites, but a quick check of the website should be enough to ensure that the bedding is taken care of. Be aware that, while many of the camping pods come with beds provided, many don’t. Some glamping pod accommodations assume you will bring everything you would for a regular camping trip, minus the tent; make sure and check this out before you leave. Finding you are left to manage with just a sleeping bag on the ground is no fun, and it is equally pointless to squeeze a deluxe camping bed into the car to find a comfy queen-size bed waiting for you in the pod.
- A corkscrew. This may prove an essential piece of camping cutlery. Remember, while that website may show inviting pictures of a tastefully converted train carriage complete with lighting, microwave, and heater, you’re not going to a hotel. Things you take for granted just may not be there; don’t get caught without. With the increasing popularity of screw-top wine bottles, this may not be an issue, but to be safe, bring a corkscrew or check the bottle.
- Rain gear and sturdy shoes. As with the torch, this seems so obvious but is so easily forgotten. You may be imagining listening to owls or gazing up at the starry skies on a perfect night, but remember that you’re still in a potentially rainy, and possibly muddy, campsite.
- A book, deck of cards, or a pre-loaded Kindle. Don’t count on the wi-fi connection. Even in sites which advertise it, wi-fi coverage could be patchy. Do you truly want to spend your holiday huddled over your phone, trying to get a decent signal by the reception block? One of the joys of glamping, in common with traditional camping, is going offline.
Whether you decide to go for a basic, unfurnished pod or a fully equipped bell tent, glamping is a great—and gentle— introduction to the outdoors. It can also provide a welcome break for regular campers who don’t want the worry of a tent blowing down or the hassle of putting one up. Happy glamping!