7 Tips for Turning Camping Into Glamping

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7 Tips for Turning Camping Into Glamping

Camping can be quiet and soothing but it doesn’t have to be rough or rustic. If you love to hike out to rustic sites, do so! If you need a bit more comfort for yourself and your family, the tips below can help. These are 7 tips for turning camping into glamping.

1. Treat Yourself to Luxurious Bedding

You may have always wanted to go camping but have no interest in sleeping on the ground. With a glamping setup, you don’t have to. Treat yourself to a cot to stay off the ground. Layer it with:

  • a camping pad for cushion and warmth
  • an inflatable camping pad if you need more softness
  • fleece blankets to hold heat to your skin
  • a soft hoodie to keep your head warm

Many suggest sleeping in a hat, but it’s too easy to lose if you are at all restless in your sleep. If you’re headed into the cooler country, use a hoodie. Additionally, you can take things to the next level by sleeping in an RV. You can find RV dealers in Wisconsin or anywhere specific to your locale that can help find the best one that suits your needs.

2. Create a Living Room

Try to preserve your tent and RV bedroom just for sleeping and dressing to cut down on the dirt. Outside your tent, you can glamp it up with a screen house, an awning or canopy, small tables for your gear, and really comfortable chairs. Take the time to visit an outdoor store and get a chair that really suits your frame. A hammock can increase your comfort; if you’re headed into the woods and there’s a risk of mosquitoes, get a private screen hammock!

3. Set Up A Movie Night

One fun way to glamp is to boost your entertainment options. A rechargeable projector, focused on the side of your RV or against a sheet hung between trees, can be a wonderful spot to gather your chairs and enjoy an old favourite. Do make sure and follow quiet hours. You may need to check with your neighbours and make sure nobody is disturbed by a film going past the bedtime cut-off.

4. Create Outdoor Stations

A set of small folding tables can be quite helpful in setting up your outdoor stations. A spot for drinks, another for charging cords, a sealed bin for snacks, and a hand-washing station can all keep folks happier and prevent them from tracking dirt in and out of your RV.

5. Invest in Cooking Tools

One-pot meals will lose their thrill pretty quickly. Bring multiple cooking tools. For example, a small solar oven can bake potatoes for dinner. A cast iron Dutch oven can be used over the campfire. A small Jet-Boil can be used to heat water for coffee. Unless you’re camping alone and don’t mind waiting, multiple cooking tools will speed the process along.

6. Bring Low-Tech Games

Low-tech toys and games can be enjoyed by the whole family and be a wonderful way to connect across generations. Bring walkie-talkies for the kids to carry on hikes. Grab a set of binoculars for each member of the family and study what animals may be near your campsite or camping trail. Do make sure to incorporate safety into play; if you’re headed into bear country, carefully load bear boxes and share duties for trash handling appropriately.

7. Get a Bigger Tent

A tiny tent for one person on a rustic hike out into the wilderness can be fine, but you’ll need more space to glamp. Even if you plan to put a pad on the ground for sleeping, you’ll want room beside you for your electronics, a camping potty and your gear. You may even want to set up a tent heater to keep things snuggly warm, at which point you’ll need a carbon monoxide detector. Check the weather in the region that you’re headed and bring the gear you need to stay comfortably warm all night long.

 Closing Thoughts

Glamping can be DIY or you can rent a tent or yurt in the wilderness. If you don’t have the gear and aren’t sure about future trips, go ahead and rent. If you’ve caught the bug, check through what you currently own to see if it can also serve you on future camping trips. Glamping needs to be comfortable; it doesn’t have to be expensive.


Tracie Johnson

Freelance writer, New Jersey native, & Penn State University alumni.

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