Have you ever wondered, “How can I combine the comforts of staying at home with the glorious wilderness of camping…without having too rough it?” If you have, glamping may be the perfect solution for you!
Glamping is a funny word that combines the words “glamour” and “camping.” It’s exactly what it sounds like: a type of camping that incorporates all of the necessities (and some luxuries) of camping without you having to tote them around yourself. It is the perfect middle ground between adventure and comfort.
Glamp-sites often feature amenities and unusual accommodations you won’t find with more traditional camping: yurts, cabins, trailers, suspended tents, treehouses…you get the picture. As with camping, glamping can take place in settings that are as unique and diverse as the natural landscapes themselves. The pre-assembled and accessorized accommodations can range from comfortable lodgings to fully-serviced grounds. Some lamp-sites even offer wifi, fridges, king-sized beds, and hot tubs under the stars!
Depending on where you’re planning to go, you’ll either want to bring the bare necessities or pack a fuller suite of gear and necessities. Some sites remind glampers to “be sure to bring all your own food, cooking supplies, and sleeping bags.” Other glamp-sites have you all covered with everything except hiking boots, bathing suits, and toiletries. It’s always best to check with the campsite when booking so you know what to expect.
But don’t worry! The checklist below will help you plan everything you need for the perfect glamping trip.
Okay, so maybe “survival” is a bit dramatic for glamping, but there are still some basic necessities you should bring on your trip.
Even though you’re glamping, you’ll still need to carry your stuff.
This includes sleeping bags, air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets. Whether or not you need to bring this will depend on the campsite you’re going to. Some places will provide all of your bedding — just like a hotel!
For glamping, we’re sure you’ll bring your phone. But bring a paper map, just in case something happens.
Okay, we know you’re glamping, but it’s better to be prepared than not, right?
Headlamps work too, but they are less glam…
You’ll obviously need clothes for your trip, but exactly which clothes will depend on your level of glam. If you’re planning on lounging all day, enjoying the sun and the fresh air, then you probably don’t need to bring too much. But if you plan to do some hiking or other more vigorous activities, then you should bring more durable shoes and extra socks. Remember to pack for all types of weather, so bring rain gear just in case. And lots of layers for those hot days and cool nights. Never forget your swimsuit!
Bring a couple towels, one for after a shower and one for after swimming.
When you’re glamping, you don’t want to deal with any annoying pests. Your insect repellent can be in the form of bug spray, bug-repellent candles, or even a mosquito net.
It’s important to protect your skin, even if you’re covered by the shade of trees.
Just because you’re outside in the dirt doesn’t mean you have to be dirty.
you want to stay hygienic, so bring your toothbrush and anything else you need to feel good in the morning.
Whether it’s make-up lotion, you’re glamping! Own that glam!
This is personal preference, of course.
You don’t want to look disheveled in all your glamp.
If you use eyeglasses or contact lenses, you will be very happy by bringing extra, just in case.
How else will you look at your glamorous face?
Medications we take everyday are often the most forgettable. If you have a need to bring any medications, make sure you remember.
Before you jump into this list, you should start by looking into your glamp-site to see what’s already available to you. Then, you should plan your meals for your whole trip. That will help you narrow down exactly what cooking supplies you need so you don’t overpack. Especially for glamping sites, there are a lot more amenities, so you can probably cut a lot of things from this list.
Check the campsite to see if there is a place to refill any water bottles you have. Also if there is no filtered water available, make sure you bring a water filtration system or treatment tablets.
Once you have your meals planned out, you’ll need to have the basic ingredients.
This includes plates, bowls, mugs, and utensils.
Not only does a table cloth make your eating experience nicer, it also makes cleaning a breeze.
Bring this if your campsite doesn’t already have a place to cook your meals. Remember to bring fuel, if you camp stove requires it.
If you plan your meals ahead of your trip, then you’ll know exactly what kitchen supplies you need to bring.
How else are you going to pick up your pots and pans from the stove? If you have pots or pans without handles, you can use a pot gripper.
This is useful for cutting your ingredients. Of course, you can always use a wooden stump to slightly un-glamp your experience.
What you bring will depend on the meals you plan to cook. Don’t forget to bring measuring cups and spoons!
This is as simple as a plastic container or bin. You fill it with water to wash your dishes.
Please make sure you’re using environmentally-friendly dishwashing soap. Also make sure to not dump your dirty dishwasher on the ground or in lakes or rivers. Always find a sink or a drain.
You need something to clean your dishes with, right?
You can keep any food that needs to be stored in a cooler. But be careful about wildlife!
You’ll thank us later.
Foil is super handy for cooking over a fire and wrapping up leftovers.
You can use small bags to carry snacks on a hike, or a larger food container to save food overnight.
For you wine loves…
For you beer lovers…
For you coffee lovers…
The versatility of paper towels is very useful while camping. You can use paper towels to clean up spills and messes, or use them as napkins.
These are super important to keep your campsite clean and lessen your footprint on the surrounding nature.
Here are some examples of great glamping spots in the Great Lakes Region: