Certain times call for new adventures. You get a notion in your head but when it comes to application, you have different ideas. Camping is an example of the phenomenon. People like the idea of camping in the outdoors – the fresh air and distance from hustle and bustle. However, not a lot of people are accustomed or look forward to ‘roughing it.’ Thus, the term ‘glamping’ was born, a version of camping supplemented with higher standards and plush accessories.
Run for Cover
You can still go camping without actually sleeping in the woods. Other options include renting a trailer, caravan, or sleeping in an oversized tent. Sure, it sounds magical to sleep under the stars, but it may be a nightmare if it starts to rain or you keep getting bug bites throughout the night. An oversized tent will provide you with an immediate escape from inclement weather and ferocious bugs. Taking plusher living a step further, a camper or trailer can provide you with some of the luxuries found at home – a sink, electrical outlets, a bathroom, etc. Rent an SUV, like a Jeep Renegade, with the ability to pull a trailer and navigate through backwood trails.
Let There Be Light
Rustic campers rely on the light of day along with a campfire, flashlight, or headlamp by night. However, if you’re glamping, you’re going to have to take lighting a step further. For example, rather than a flashlight, you could drape candles around the perimeter of your campsite. (Of course, you need to be mindful of creating a fire hazard.) If you want to make the inner tent snazzier or augment the ambiance of your camper, use fairy lights. They take in solar energy by day and then use the stored energy to illuminate your surroundings at night.
Fluff-Up the Bedding
One of the sore points bothering those who consider camping is the level of comfort at nighttime. A second-rate pillow and a standard sleeping bag placed atop hard ground does not sound extremely comfortable. However, if you improve the quality of bedding materials then you’re sure to have a restful night. Consider bringing along a comfy duvet, goose-down filled pillows, high thread count sheets, and a plush and form-fitting topper. If you decided to rent a camper or trailer, consider investing in a high quality mattress. Just because you’re in the outdoors, it doesn’t mean you have to dismiss the need for extreme comfort.
Deliver the Food to the Site
Another stress point for beginner campers is preparing food or having to settle for a can of beans and trail mix. Depending on your planned location, you can make a trip away from the campsite to eat and then come back with the food. Or stock your trailer or camper with enough provisions, preparing your food within the camper’s stove, microwave, etc. You can have the best of both worlds, the ability to hike, kayak, swim and experience nature without having to make sacrifices when it comes to sleeping and eating. Alternatively, you could use your smartphone to search for restaurants and eateries in the immediate area that are willing to deliver food to a remote camping site.
Louise Summers took a dislike to camping after one too many poorly-organized camping trips as a kid. But when she discovered glamping she decided to give the tents in fields thing another go; and hasn’t looked back. She shares her glamping and camping top tips with others so their kids don’t have to experience what she did!
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