Hard-core campers might roll their eyes, but it’s a legitimate question: Can you love the outdoors without having to rough it? Sure you can! Combine camping with a touch of glamour, and you get “glamping,” a growing trend that embraces all the comforts of a resort getaway. Here’s how to go from camping to glamping, whatever your budget.
You can find established cabins and camping sites all over the country that cater to glampers, but if you want to go the tent route, you have plenty of options. You can jazz up your tent with posh touches like mirrors, shearling slippers, succulents, a portable record player, an oriental rug, battery-operated lights, a chocolate on your pillow—anything that makes you feel special. For a few thousand dollars more, you can buy a high-end tent that’s 16 square feet and fits 10 twin-size mattresses. If it’s style you’re after, you can buy one of those newfangled inflatable bubble tents. They’re completely transparent, though, so good luck hiding from bears.
A Suitable Vehicle
If you plan to glamp often, you might choose to trick out your car with anything from a rooftop car tent to a tent that attaches to the back of your car with access to your trunk. Glampers on a budget can set the scene in the MINI Clubvan Camper, which has sleeping accommodations for one, a tiny kitchenette, a propane stove, and a chest refrigerator. Sensible glampers opt for something like a Lexus GX. It’s a ritzy way to off-road, and more crucially, it won’t break down and strand you in the woods. Want something really nice? Park the Rolls-Royce Cullinan near your site so that you can take advantage of the rear-facing leather chairs that slide out along with a cocktail table.
Learning how to go from camping to glamping means gourmet nutrition. Make a note of your coordinates if you plan to call for food delivery. But if you want to cook under the stars, you’ll need a list of glampsite essentials, including:
- Multi-burner stove
- Gas-powered pizza oven
- Pop-up firepit
- Cooler (go full Yeti if you can)
- Portable spices
- Cast-iron Dutch oven
- French press coffee maker
- Travel bartending kit
- Hand-powered blender
- Insulated wine bottles
These are just basic suggestions, of course. Add to our ideas with conveniences tailored to you. When you’re glamping, there’s no need to sacrifice comfort as you commune with nature.