Camping and glamping are similar, but also very different. If you have never been before, then you may be in for a bit of a surprise, and you may also be wondering what to pack. Do you need to spend a fortune on camping gear? Are you going to have a lot of stuff to carry? Where will you be staying? There are a lot of questions to ask, and that is why we have put together this fantastic glamping checklist – filled with all the information and items you will need for a successful glamping weekend. Take a look, and feel enlightened.
What is Glamping?
Glamping is a combination of the words glamorous and camping. It is a form of camping that includes the use of luxurious accommodation, or at least more so than you would find when embarking on a traditional camping trip. It’s perfect for those that want to seek a little outdoor refuge, but also don’t wish to forgo the little luxuries in life.
Generally, glamping communities tend to be a lot of fun, and a weekend away glamping is seen as a long festival that doesn’t stop. You’ll find everyone tends to be very friendly, jovial, and celebratory on the site – and you are sure to leave with a good group of new friends. A welcoming atmosphere is what makes glamping such a desirable getaway.
Where Will You be Staying?
There are two main types of accommodation for glamping, or at least, two ways in which you can go about it. The first is that you bring your own tent and home comforts and set up camp on the glamping site. This version requires a little more work, but it’s actually quite a lot of fun to set up and get ready. You can truly make it into your home away from home. Some sites will also allow campervans, and this can be a fun way to glamp too.
The second form of glamping is where you book with a company that specialises in the area and provides some of the best and most exciting glamping accommodation possible. This includes yurts, huts, and tents, and generally luxurious venues. It’s great fun, and makes for a more comfortable trip than you traditional camping adventure.
Getting to Know the Neighbours
One of the things you must do when you go glamping is introduce yourself to the neighbours. The whole glamping atmosphere is a friendly one that wants to welcome you with open arms. Get to know the neighbours, invite them over to your accommodation for tea, and build a friendship.
This is not only nice for everyone, and also a great way to socialise, but it builds up a sense of trustworthiness. This means your neighbours are more likely to look out for you and your accommodation – so the risk of theft is lowered. Plus, you might find yourself invited to a few of the site parties and celebrations if you’re lucky.
What Do You Pack?
When it comes to glamping, the list of what you could bring doesn’t really have an end. After all, it’s whatever you can fit in your car and cases. The thing to remember with glamping is that it’s like a home away from home, so a few comforts are absolutely essential – as is bringing a teapot and teacups to share with friends and neighbours.
Below, we have a few lists for you to browse through, all of which list the most important things you need to take glamping with you. The first of these lists is the glamping essentials – the things you really need to not only keep yourself comfortable, but also to help you and your accommodation fit in with the crowd.
Don’t forget, vintage looks better than modern when it comes to this kind of holiday. It’s time to let your hair down and go glamping.
The Glamping Essentials
- Rugs: wool, rag, reindeer, or sheep hide rugs
- Lights: Lanterns, chandeliers, Tealights, fairy lights, solar party lights, and sun jar solar lights
- Crochet blankets
- Cocktail mixer kit and glasses
- Comfort throws
- Fire pit
- Boot slippers
- Cake stand
- Teapot, cosy, and teacups
For the Kitchen of Your Tent or Hut
- Mugs and plates
- Kitchen roll
- Pan with lid
- Wine glasses
- Bottle opener (because we all need a drink on holiday)
- Good knife
- Cafetière (because coffee is the most important meal of the day)
- Washing up bowl
- Tea / coffee
- Food to cook
- Wooden spoon
- Draining spoon
- Ketchup (BBQ essential)
- Plastic bags for rubbish
- Washing up liquid
- Cool box
- Chopping board
- One set of cutlery per person
- Tin foil
- Marshmallows or roasting on the campfire
- Battery powered lights
- Mixing bowl
- Drying rack for plates/cutlery
For the Inside of Your Tent or Hut
- Duvet or sleeping bag
- Real Pillows
- Air mattress
- Good thick towels
- Solar-powered radio
- Torch (plus a back-up)
- Head torch
- Solar powered lantern
- Battery power pack (for your phone and other tech)
- Hot water bottle
- Thick blankets (for the cold evenings)
- Matches and tealights
- Jam jars (for the aforementioned tealights)
- Fairy lights
- Travel alarm clock
- Picnic blanket and Deckchairs
- Books and magazines
- First aid kit (make sure you check out our first aid checklist for tips and ideas!)
- Toilet roll
- Large washbag
- Laundry detergent (eco-friendly and biodegradable)
- String and pegs for a washing line
- Pen and paper
- Board games and card games
For the Campfire
Glamping is great fun, whether you are going solo, with a significant other, or even with friends and family. It’s relaxing, and allows everyone to bond over good food and company. Of course, it’s important to have a rough idea of what you should bring with you, so make sure you pay close attention to this ultimate glamping checklist.
What did you think of our checklist for glamping? Is there anything that you would have liked to see here? We love hearing from you, so let us know in the comments below.
A seasoned camper and hiker, there is nothing he doesn’t know about the Great Outdoors. Hiking alone, with friends, or even little ones, he’s done it all. A trained survivalist, he gives Bear Grylls a run for his money.