The most successful glamping trips start with a little bit of planning. You have to decide what part of nature you’d like to immerse yourself in. America has beautiful coastal views on the East and West coast, and in between there are mountains, deserts, prairies, and forests waiting to be explored. You also have to decide what kind of glamping experience you’d like. There are more rustic glamping tents without water or electricity so you can retreat into nature in comfort, or tents with full bathrooms and even televisions to feel like a home away from home.
But what should you bring with you? Here are 4 suggestions of things to bring along to maximize your glamping stay, and 1 thing you should definitely leave behind.
Whether they be children, friends, or family, glamping is always enhanced surrounded by loved ones. Sure, you could go glamping for some much needed solo relaxation time, but our strongest memories are often created around those we love. Get your homebody neighbor off the couch and out in the forest for a weekend. Shut off your kid’s video games and plop them in front of a breathtaking mountain view. Bring the crew and you have a weekend stories are made of ready to go.
The Right Clothes
Yes, glamping combines the soothing effects of nature with the comforts of a luxury hotel, but that’s no reason to dress in 5 piece suits and sequin gowns! This is nature after all! You want to get your boots in the dirt, get some grass stains on your favorite hiking pants, and feel the branches scrape across your old, worn flannel. Dress for nature and then go out and see it. You can always return to your glamping tent at the end of the day, clean up, and slip into some comfy pajamas before laying your head down on a soft, real mattress.
This definitely isn’t the fanciest or most fun suggestion on the list, but you definitely do not want to be stuck out in the woods, on the coast, or anywhere that has bugs (which is everywhere) without bug spray. This is especially in important in warm, dry climates where mosquitoes are known to gather. Don’t worry, in the right glamping tent you can shower off all that bug spray at the end of the day, but don’t let bug bites get in the way of your experience.
Or dogs! We’re not excluding multiple dog owners here. One of the perks of glamping tents is that dogs will feel right at home. They’re only a few feet from the outside, so they can run and play or use the bathroom if need be. No need to leave your dog home alone over the weekend, they’re family too!
And the 1 thing not to bring:
Your Stress, Your Worries, Your Cares
Did you get passed over for that big promotion? Is that leaky faucet getting you down? Forget those worries. Vacations and glamping are all about focusing on the positive, relaxing aspects of the nature around you. Do your best to relax and enjoy, focus on the present experience, and leave your cares at home where they belong.