Glamping Guide: Camping Meets Luxury
Before happening upon this glamping guide, you may have never heard of glamorous camping, or "glamping." To you, leaving the city and heading toward a forest with just a tent, sleeping bag and other necessities in tow is considered the perfect escape from reality. But after a large spider performs a disappearing act in your tent, the classic form of camping might turn into more of a nice idea than actual trip. So if you prefer luxury suites over portable tents, yet still want to breathe in fresh, unpolluted air, give glamping a try.
What is Glamping?
This loose interpretation of camping still has the same general focus on nature, with chirping birds in close proximity and clear, star-filled skies at night. However, this new take is far from roughing it – leave the hassles of setting up and taking down a tent and most of your typical camping packing list at home.
Some sites will stay true to the traditions of no electricity, cellphone coverage or Wi-Fi, while others do offer these technologies. Glampers will be happy to find extra luxuries provided, which might include a king size bed, cleaning services or even heated floors. What’s more, many of these resorts supply organic, locally-sourced eats and practice sustainability, an eco-friendly nod to glamping’s nature setting.
Who Is Glamping for?
Glamping is perfect for anyone who wants to experience a new, more eco-luxurious method of interacting with nature. If you hate setting up tents and can never quite roll up your sleeping bag to fit back in its sack, glamping might be right for you. As a definite – and pricy! – treat, glamping getaways are ideal for special occasions, especially destination weddings, honeymoons, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties and family vacations.
What Should I Pack to Go Glamping?
Depending on which location you choose to visit, your ideal packing list will vary. Double check your chosen glamping location’s website to see what you should bring or leave at home. Most of your basic necessities, like bedding and toiletries, will be provided.
Your packing list may just need to consist of personal hygienic items, clothing and shoes. You will also need uniforms and supplies specific for any recreational activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, safari rides, fly fishing, mountain biking and more.
There is one absolute rule: Pack light. Though glamping indicates a luxurious trip, it’s still best to limit your packing and not bring more than what is necessary. Try to leave electronics and other items at home to preserve as much of the authentic camping experience as possible. If traveling by air, a carry-on bag or two should be sufficient.
General Glamping Packing Suggestions
- An action sports camera or a regular digital camera
- Insect repellent
- Lip balm
- Hat (sunhat or baseball cap)
- Running shoes
- Hiking boots
Additional Packing Suggestions
- Bathing suit (for men or women)
- Shorts (for men or women)
- Short sleeved T-shirts
- Long sleeved shirts
- Additional non-cotton layers
- Fleece jacket or windbreaker
- Water footwear
- Winter sports apparel
- Snowboard gear
- Ski/Snowboard gloves
- Winter running gear
Where Should I Go Glamping?
For a Ranch Experience: Open year-round, the Bar W Guest Ranch on Spencer Lake, Montana, is a picturesque setting for glampers who want to ride atop horses, try a hand at ranch chores, go square dancing and travel to the nearby town by wagon. Sleep comfortably in a queen size bed or the adjacent full sized futon and cook up a light breakfast in the kitchenette – all in the confines of large canvas tent walls. Just outside the tent is a private porch to take in a beautiful sunset and a little farther is a separate private bath.
For a Stay in a Tree House: If you were kicked out of your childhood tree house as soon as the sun went down, satisfy your unfulfilled adventure (and then some) with a trip to Italy. This charming bed-and-breakfast in the city of La Piantata offers visitors the chance to fall sound asleep – 8 meters off the ground. Experience hard-to-surpass indulgences of air conditioning, heating, crystal fixtures and more.
For a “S’mores by the Fire” Experience: The Fireside Resort, Jackson Hole’s nature lodging experience, has joined the eco-luxe hospitality industry. With a king size bed dressed in luxury linens, “Glamping Butler” and private washrooms with heated floors, rain showers and organic spa products, how can you turn down this picturesque trip to Wyoming?
For a Night in a Yurt: Yurts were traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia, but now they house visitors at Chile’s Patagonia Camp. The camp has a total of 18 yurts made of local wood, all with a breathtaking view of Lake Toro and the Paine Massif. Amenities and services include private terraces, hot-water and electricity, WI-FI, safe boxes, laundry and even a nearby restaurant and bar with special cuisine and wines. This experience of nature is one unlike any other.
Glamping is an extravagant way to enjoy nature, but certainly one that will help create unforgettable memories. If the roughness of camping isn’t for you, the luxury of glamping might be a better fit.