Not everybody enjoys the thought of hiking 10 miles into the wilderness to set up a tent and catch dinner from a nearby stream. Many people don’t even enjoy basic arrangements at dedicated campsites. Traditional camping isn’t for everybody, and that’s okay. If this is your case, you can enjoy some time in the wilderness while maintaining a level of comfort that makes you feel like you’re on a proper vacation. To help you prepare for this wondrous foray into the woods, here’s our ultimate list of glamping essentials.
What Is Glamping?
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term, you likely have some familiarity with the basic idea of glamping. The word “glamping” is a portmanteau of glamorous and camping, and it describes a camping style that’s more relaxing with less emphasis on survival skills.
Some people consider glamping to be renting and staying in a cabin or other designated glamping facility. Many people also consider staying in an RV or some sort of camper to be a form of glamping. There’s not really one clear definition. However, if you’re sleeping in a bed and have access to hot running water and electricity, you’re probably engaging in some form of glamping.
And there’s nothing wrong with that! Glamping is a great way to enjoy the beauty and wonder of nature while being able to unwind and relax. If you want to experience glamping for the first time or elevate your current glamping game, keep reading for the ultimate list of glamping essentials.
You may be wondering how packing for a glamping trip differs from packing for traditional camping. Truthfully, many of the items you would bring camping are probably good to bring glamping, such as the following:
Flashlight: Having a small flashlight can help you navigate at night or find things in darker areas. Remember to bring spare batteries if you don’t have a rechargeable light.
Insect repellant: No matter what type of glamping you’re doing, insect bites aren’t any fun. Keep the mosquitos off you by bringing some bug spray.
Reusable water bottle: Many glamping sites have a source of fresh, clean drinking water. You can reduce your garbage by skipping the disposable plastic bottles and bringing a reusable water bottle to help you stay hydrated!
First-aid kit: Just because you’re glamping doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen. Always have a first-aid kit with bandages, ice packs, gauze, disinfectant, and some mild painkillers in case of headaches, nausea, or an unfortunate sprain.
Multi-tool: Nothing makes you feel more prepared than having the right tool for the job. Multi-tools often have small pocket knives, screwdrivers, pliers, can openers, and other helpful devices for small, unexpected jobs that may come up while glamping.
One of the advantages of glamping is that you can dress more comfortably than you might be able to while camping, as you always have a solid indoor refuge. Still, here are a few specific clothing items we recommend packing:
Shirts and pants: Casual clothes are always good. Whether you want T-shirts and shorts or long sleeves and pants may depend on what time of year you’re going or if there are a lot of bugs around.
Boots: Even if you’re not engaging in any strenuous activities, bring hiking boots. Many boots have high edges that help reduce the risk of sprained ankles when walking on uneven terrain.
Waterproof slippers: You may want to pack a pair of waterproof slippers to walk around or bring into the shower with you.
Jacket: No matter what time of year you’re camping, you should have a light and a heavy jacket. Camping areas can get chilly at night, so having layers to wear can help more than you think.
Sleepwear: No matter how you usually sleep at home, we advise having a long-sleeved shirt and pants to wear as sleepwear. Longer sleeves help reduce bug bites while you’re resting!
Many glamping sites have facilities, but it never hurts to bring a couple of extra things just in case.
Toilet paper: Again, many glamping sites will provide this, but do you want to risk being stuck without it? That would certainly defeat the glamorous aspect of glamping.
Shampoo and conditioner: Whether you bring the whole bottle or store it in a smaller, travel-sized container, having your preferred shampoo and conditioner can make your showers far more enjoyable.
Soap: Washing your body and hands is fundamental on any camping trip, especially a glamorous one.
Toothbrush and toothpaste: You may find your morning breath even worse than normal on a camping trip. Practice good oral hygiene with your toothbrush and toothpaste. You may want to pack some mouthwash, too.
Deodorant: Unless you’re glamping alone, you should pack some deodorant. The people sharing the campsite with you will thank you!
Part of glamping entails bringing some creature comforts with you to the campsite, including some electronics. Whether for an emergency or recreational situation, here are some helpful electronics to have for the trip:
Cell phone and charger: In these modern times, you can’t go wrong having a cell phone on you in case you need to make a call. And remember to pack your charger cable. Many cabins or glamping sites have outlets available, so consider bringing an AC adaptor for your charge cable.
Power bank: Having a fully charged power bank means that you can charge your cell phone even if you’re away from your campsite for a bit. It’s a good device to have in case of an emergency.
Cell signal booster: Something that many people fail to consider is that they may be camping in an area with weak cell service. Those in an RV can set up a cell signal booster to amplify weaker nearby signals and make it easier to maintain connection while glamping.
Radio or speakers: Listening to music is a popular way to relax and have fun on any camping trip. You can bring a radio with you or connect some speakers to your phone to listen to your favorite tunes.
Everybody is going to have some personal items that are unique to them and their needs. If you need to take any medications or have a comfort item, remember to pack that as well. For example, you may need to pack a strong sunscreen if you’re susceptible to sunburns. Consider your needs when packing for your glamping trip to ensure you have the best time possible.
If you want to glamp in an area without strong cell signals, SureCall Boosters is here to help you set up and maintain a stable, reliable signal in remote regions. We have a wide range of RV cell phone boosters that you can set up before your big glamping adventure, road trip, or another endeavor. For more details, contact us anytime via email at Sales@SureCallBoosters.ca.