4 Things to Bring on a Glamping Trip (And 1 to Leave Behind)


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.

 

People

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.

 

Bug Spray

 

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.

 

Your Dog

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.

Comfortable Glamping is in the Details!


At Woodytent we understand that a true, high-quality Glamping tent is judged just as much by the details as the broad strokes. After all, what good is a beautiful, hardwood tent with a world-class PVC roof if the zipper gets stuck or breaks and you can’t get inside? The answer is no good. Like a fine instrument or automobile, every part of the tent constitutes a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Every little detail of our tents works together to create a Glamping experience like no other.

Laying the Foundation for Glamping Excellence

Every Woodytent starts with a foundation made of azobe posts. Azobe is an ironwood, a classification set aside for the strongest, most durable woods available. What this means is that our foundations are rock solid and built to last in all weather types and climate conditions. Upon this solid foundation rests a Waxed Wood treated floor that resists wear and water. A solid foundation means you’ll feel safe and secure dancing on the deck or chasing your energized children around the tent. It’s the most solid foundation we can provide, and you’ll notice it as soon as you walk in a Woodytent for the first time.

 

The Details in Between

Our attention to detail doesn’t stop at the foundation, it’s all over the tent. In fact, it literally surrounds and fills the tent! For example, the canvas that surrounds our tents is actually Camsphield! This fabric is fire retardant and shows the true character of the tent. As soon as you grab the weighty zipper on the front of the tent you’ll be able to feel the quality, weight, and durability that our canvas provides. And inside that cozy canvas enclosure is barnwood furniture, beautifully designed and sanded to remove any rough or sharp spots on the wood. Splinters aren’t a comfy Glamping experience, so we do our best to do away with them altogether!

Quality of the Highest Caliber

And finally to the top of the tent, where our commitment to using the best available materials continues. The frame and roof construction of the tent are constructed with 10cm brown, pressure-treated poles. They are thick, strong, and help add to the 5 year guarantee all of our Glamping tents include. But atop those brown poles is a PVC roof. Not just any PVC roof though. The PVC we use for our roofs is constructed by Serge Ferrari, and the strongest, most well constructed PVC currently manufactured this purpose. It withstands all climate and weather types and reflects UV better than other PVC materials. This means no matter the weather or temperature, you will remain comfortable under the roof of a Woodytent.

Have any questions about the materials or details that comprise a Woodytent. Visit our Contact Page and ask away! We’d love to hear from you.

Fall Into Autumn Glamping


Summer is finally at a close and the weather reflects that. All those fuzzy, warm sweaters are finally free from the closet and everyone is planning their Halloween costumes and carving pumpkins. It’s a beautiful time of year, especially to get in a little camping or glamping before winter time. Here are some fantastic reasons to take a trip to the outdoors before winter frost takes over.

 

The Colors

As seasons change, so do the trees, bushes, and plants that populate the great outdoors. If you’re lucky enough to live in a region that has very definitive seasonal changes, Fall is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the changing colors of the season. Gone are the greens of spring and summer, and now the leaves are changing to gold, brown, orange, and yellow. Waking up in a glamping tent and walking out into a bright, painted forest is a beautiful, immersive way to bring in the new season. Just don’t forget to take some pictures to make your friends jealous! But only a little…

 

Cooler Weather

Summer may be the most popular camping season, but it comes at a cost. Swarms of mosquitoes and crowds may be a mild, intermittent annoyance, but the one thing you can’t escape in the summer is the heat! Now is sweater weather, and there’s a special feeling brought about sitting by a campfire with friends, drinking hot chocolate and snuggling under blankets or in your favorite flannel. And many glamping tents and cabins have heaters inside, so you get the best of the brisk, crisp autumn air surrounding you and then the relaxation and comfort a warm bed at the end of the night. It’s a soothing and highly satisfying contrast.

 

A Little More Forest to Yourself

As mentioned before, Summer is the busiest camping season of the year. While it can be nice to visit a crowded campground and mingle with campers, sometimes it’s nice to relax in a less crowded environment. Your drive will be a little less stressful with less cars on the road, and you’ll have much more quiet seclusion in the forest you choose to visit. Developing a personal relationship with nature is very important, and sharing that moment with a loved one can create very deep, vivid memories. So get out there and have a little more forest for yourself. Instead of listening to the hustle and bustle of a busy campground or park, you get to unwind to the sounds of the breeze blowing through the leaves, birds in the trees, and the rustling of critters preparing for hibernation. Now that’s a perfect soundtrack for a glamping trip.

 

Explore Columbus Day Weekend!


Make the best of your 3-day Columbus Day weekend with 3 tips to awaken the explorer in you.

          Many of us who grew up in America fondly remember the old adage “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. He then landed on the shores of the Americas and set into motion the founding of many new nations that celebrate Columbus’s discovery in different ways. There’s the obvious Columbus day in the US, but the discovery of the new world is also celebrated in European countries. In Spain they observe “Dia de la Hispanidad”, and Italy has “Festa Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo” to honor Columbus’s adventures. In celebration of the 3 ships Columbus used to explore the Atlantic, and the 3 day weekend Columbus day provides us, let’s look at 3 ways you can awaken your inner explorer this Columbus day weekend.

1. Sail the Ocean Blue

     This tip is a little on the nose, but whether you’re able to discover your own uncharted island or not, sailing is a fantastic way to get in touch with the adventurous spirit of Columbus. Observing the wide open sea and breathing in the salty mist of the ocean is sure to open your mind to new possibilities and discoveries. Round up your crew, charter a boat, maybe even do some fishing. Half the fun is getting out there and experiencing the sea for yourself.

Want the full Columbus experience on a ship that resembles the old ships he sailed? Downeast Windjammer in Bar Harbor, ME provides boat trips off the coast that will feel authentic to Columbus’s expedition.

2. Shake Up Your Camping Routine

     At the heart of exploration and adventure is getting out of your comfort zone. You have to try new activities, see different locales and wildlife, and push yourself into the personally unexplored. If you or your family are used to visiting national parks for family trips try something new like ‘The Wild Walk’ in Tupper Lake NY.  Or maybe go on a trip to discover the charms of a small town you’ve driven past but never visited? There’s so much to see and experience out in the world, and all it takes is taking a couple of steps off your own beaten path.

The spiderweb on ‘The Wild Walk’ presents the opportunity to see a web from the spider’s perspective. It’s a whole new way of looking at nature and the world around you!

3. Get Closer and More Comfortable in Nature. Go Glamping!

     Any explorer knows that the key to discovery is getting a little uncomfortable and looking at nature in new ways. For example, if your family trips generally involve lugging around tents, food, and camping gear, why not take a trip to relax and focus on relaxing with each other? Try finding a campground near with you a glamping tent and experience the best of nature with comfort and relaxation. On the other hand, if you’re used to staying at campgrounds in cabins or glamping tents, take a chance on setting up your own tent or backpacking. There’s no right or wrong way to experience the outdoors, but until you try something you never know what you’re missing out on.

This Woodytent at Camp Little Arrow in Townsend, Tennessee is the perfect weekend retreat for your family and friends. You can relax and absorb the calming effects of nature in comfort.

Regardless of how you spend your Columbus Day weekend, we wish you safe travels and hope you and your family or friends create memories that will last a lifetime. Try new things, get excited about the outdoors, and discover something new about yourself.

Family weekend getaways


My husband and i liked to camp, i said liked to camp….!!

 

Since the little one is here we haven’t gone away much. Luckily we live on our own peace of heaven with a Woody Tent in the Backyard You might not have one in your backyard but you can always rent one on several different campgrounds!

 

Last saturday we needed a break from everyday life, work to pay the bills, clean up around and in the house.

We decided on another staycation in the Woody tent! Even our 2 year old slept in! He was tired of playing with his trucks on the deck, sitting around the campfire in his little frog chair. Sipping ‘beer’ from his sippy cup.

 

After he went to bed, hubby and I had one of those long conversations. A Campfire date night, nothing better then that for us. Crackling fire, good company and a couple drinks.

 

Sometimes you need to take a break, sit back and relax, that last one is hard for me… Nothing more satisfying then rolling into the Woody Tent after a couple cans of Twisted Tea with a slight smell of campfire a snoring husband and a warm 2 year old by your side.

 

The soft sunlight that warmed the Woody Tent in the morning, gave us a sense of serenity and total relaxation, the deer that we saw in the field through the window justed added to the Woody Charm. Our personal human alarm clock give us an extra hour and a half! Some days we really love him….  LOL

 

Take a break, get a Woody Tent or rent one!

 

Live, Bark, Glamp


Tips For Glamping With Your Dog

 

Pets are a part of many camping families. It is known that many people get into Glampimg because they are able to bring their pets along; dogs are the most popular companion. Most campgrounds are pet friendly. It’s important to keep your pets safe, here are some things to consider:

 

Be a considerate Glamper Ensure a positive experience for you and other campers by following the campground rules. These rules are put in place to help keep your dog and others safe.

 

  • Keep your pet on a leash or stake him while at your Glampsite. You don’t want the risk of your dog running off or getting injured. Glampers are usually friendly but dogs running loose can be disturbing to others.

 

  • Clean up after your pet. Bring enough baggies to take care of your dog’s business. Many campgrounds have specific dog walking areas with dog waste stations. Help keep the park clean under foot.
  • Plan activities that include your dog. You brought him along to have fun together so try not to leave your pet at the site all the time.

 

Dog proof your Glamping tent

 

  • Dogs are excitable and want to get outside quickly..

 

  • Close off rooms you don’t want your pet in.

 

  • Remove temptations by putting food away and have a garbage lid can that locks closed.

 

Find below a couple must have gadget for when you travel with your pet !

 

Have fun Glamping with your pet is a great way to bond. With a little consideration for others and some preparation, you and your dog will enjoy getting back to nature together.

 

Have fun !

10 Easy Glampfire songs


When it comes time to lead the sing-along, you need some easy acoustic guitar songs that are known and loved by all.

Here are a few that will get the crowd going and make you look like a genius…even if they only are three chords!

 

 

  1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

This has always been a favorite of mine. Probably because of my own brown eyes.

And why not. It’s got an easy, breezy sensibility and a walk-in-the-sunshine vibe.

  1. Down on the Corner – Creedance Clearwater Revival

Be sure to have a tambourine on hand for this one. The song chronicles the tale of the fictional band Willy and the Poor Boys, and how they play on street corners to cheer people up and ask for nickels.

You might want to pass the hat while you’re jamming out on this one. Or at least jangle a couple of nickels in a cup.

 

  1. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett

There are boatloads of diehard Buffett fans out there, and I’m betting you’ll find plenty of folks ready to raise a glass to this one.

“Margaritaville” was released in 1977 on the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.

This song was written about a drink Buffett discovered at Lung’s Cocina del Sur restaurant on Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas, and the first huge surge of tourists who descended on Key West, Florida around that time. He wrote most of the song that night in Austin and finished it while spending time in Key West. It remains Buffett’s highest charting solo single.

Has Buffett contributed to the popularity of the Margarita? We may never know, but I say HELL YEAH!

 

  1. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – The Beatles

If there ever was a song written for singing along, this is it!

The iconic syllabic chorus is a crowd-pleaser for sure!

“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is a song credited to Lennon–McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney, and released by the Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (commonly called The White Album).

It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.

It’s reported that John Lennon was never particular enchanted with it, but you must admit, its carefree happy-go-lucky vibe is perfect for a by-the-fire sing-along!

 

  1. Stir It Up – Bob Marley

“Stir It Up” is a song by Bob Marley in 1967, written for his wife Rita, and first made popular by Johnny Nash.

“Stir It Up” was Bob Marley’s first successful song outside Jamaica.

I particularly like that it opens with the chorus. The sing-along begins right off the top!

 

  1. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

This iconic song proves you don’t have to be from the south to love southern rock.

Released by Lynyrd Skynyrd, it first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping.

It reached Number 8 on the US charts in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single.  So crank it up, or at least strum louder!

 

  1. Free Falling – Tom Petty

Capo 3 frets then play as written

This laid back tune has an iconic chordal strum that runs through the entire song.

Easy and cool!

 

  1. Come On Get Higher – Matt Nathanson

I admit it. I’m partial to the songs of Matt Nathanson.

He’s just hits the lyrics on the head and writes ultimately singable melodies.

“Come On Get Higher” was co-written by and Mark Weinberg and released as the second single from his album Some Mad Hope in 2008.

 

  1. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

This minimalist song is simply brilliant.

It’s second single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album.

 

  1. Wonderwall – Oasis

I have personally played this around a campfire and I bet some of you have too!

It’s the song everyone loves to sing along too. What is a “wonderwall?” Who cares!

 

From farmer, landowner to Glamping professional


From farmer to Glamper

There is one place we can go to get a very good idea of what people are looking for as their next vacation, as well as discovering other new and emerging trends. This place is the most popular online search engine in the world…Google. When we study data Google provides about its users, it shows that the term ‘camping’ has strong seasonal fluctuations and is on a very gradual decline. This demonstrates that users of Google are starting to use different search terms, which in turn can indicate a change of behaviour.

However, when we study the term ‘glamping’ we discover that it is performing extremely well by growing rapidly on a strong incremental line, while still demonstrating seasonal fluctuations.

Google can also give us more clues about how our habits as tourists are changing, as new ways to book our holidays are becoming more common. For example, the hospitality booking system Airbnb is rapidly increasing in popularity and showing no signs of slowing down. This online system gives owners of unique glamping stays the opportunity to easily and cheaply list their structures and generate healthy annual bookings and financial returns.

An interesting aspect of glamping is how it is attracting an entirely new group of customers into the outdoor hospitality market. People who have never before considered traditional camping – and never will – are exploring the possibilities of glamping. This is helping the market grow while opening up opportunities and prospects for the future.

Unsurprisingly, as the glamping trend increases, the popularity of starting a glamping business increases too as it offers an exciting, new opportunity for lifestyle entrepreneurs and landowners. One of the best kept secrets in this industry is that some glamping business models can achieve a return on investment and pay for setup costs within the first two years, and sometimes even before. This is quite an achievement for a new business.

Glamping is also a diversification option for farmers and landowners wanting to broaden income achieved from a plot of land and spread their earning portfolio to cushion fluctuations throughout the year. Previously this may have been bed and breakfast, but the impact on everyday life with strangers wandering around the family home can prove to be difficult. It may also have been possible to develop self-contained holiday accommodation within an unused space, but for many the early development costs can prove to be too much. As a result, the low cost and high income benefits of starting a glamping business are being explored.

In addition, glamping provision is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle business’ choice for entrepreneurs who have become increasingly disillusioned with the day job and turn to it as a way of improving their quality of life. New owners are able to use their time being creative and in charge of their future, while spending much more time outside. It’s an empowering shift from the conventional 9 to 5 existence and is another reason a glamping business is proving to be so popular.

From my experience as an independent industry expert, helping new businesses launch into this market, I have identified many key areas that lead to success. However, it’s particularly important to focus on a degree of uniqueness, but then our Woodytents are just irresistible for anyone.

Don’t let mosquitoes suck the fun out of your Summer


Now that summer is here, more and more insects are buzzing around. There’s nothing worse than coming home from a nice hike and realizing that you’ve been an unsuspecting feast for the mosquitoes. Not only are mosquito bites annoying and irritating, but mosquitoes spread viruses and disease. There are things that you can do to be less attractive to mosquitoes, such as wearing lighter clothing (they are attracted to darker colours), drying off your sweat, and making sure not to get too warm (they are attracted to the scent of sweat and body heat).

 

Find below my solution to Mosquitoes !

 

BOUNCE! SHEETS

I was told by a few people that Bounce! dryer sheets are good at keeping mosquitoes away. A friend said that he had been told by a park ranger that they were her go-to solution – she would just tie a sheet to her shirt and off she’d go. I was quite excited about this since those sheets are quite cheap and the scent lasts for a long time so you wouldn’t have to change them everyday, and they must be less toxic than harsh insect repellents. I tested this method out on a few summer nights out on the water though and I’m sad to say this did not work for me in the slightest. If you have some of these lying around though it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot – let us know how it works for you!

VITAMIN B PILLS

This is the solution I settled on after deciding that I was too cheap to buy the Insect Defend Patch, considering that if you are going to be outdoors a lot in the summer you will have to replace the patch every day. Since the main ingredient is Vitamin B1, I just went out and bought a bottle of Vitamin B1 pills. Note, however, that you cannot simply take a whole bunch of B1’s and hope that they seep through your pores. Your body can’t absorb enough B1 for you to emit enough to keep bugs away, and will probably just pass out what isn’t needed. Not to mention the fact that you probably shouldn’t take more than the recommended dosage. You would also have to wait for it to pass through your system before it was effective, if it was at all.

What I did was take about 3 B1 tablets, crush them (or you could buy pills and open them and take out the powder) and mix it in about a cup of water. Not all of the pills dissolved so you could probably get away with less, but I wanted to make sure to saturate the solution for maximum effect. Then I just put it in a spray bottle, and sprayed liberally all over my skin, rubbed in a bit and let dry.

This method really worked. You will definitely smell like Vitamin B1 pills, but it’s really cost effective (3 pills lasted me all summer), and I had no qualms about rubbing it all over, including my face and on children, unlike other dangerous chemical based repellents. It will also start working as soon as it’s been applied. This method worked so well for me that I have stopped trying all other methods. Make sure to reapply though if you have been sweating lots or go swimming.

Glamp Fires, the s’more the merrier!


Glamping  and camping don’t exist without a fire. No better place to drink that cold one and gather with your friends!

 

To unwind at the end of a relaxing Glamping day, nothing better then the warmth of a fire

There’s nothing like the sweet smell of marshmallows toasting over an open fire, or hot dogs roasting on a stick. But, when cooking and camping, campfire safety is of utmost importance.

So, before you get dinner started, you need to be sure you’re not just enjoying a gourmet meal, but staying safe while you do. Here are five simple fire safety tips for your next glamping adventure.

 

Step 1: Look Up and Around

Campfire safety starts well before the fire gets roaring. When scouting out your fire pit, make sure it’s not under any low hanging branches or near brush or bushes. These can easily go up in flames if the fire gets bigger than anticipated.

You should also keep an 8 to 10 foot radius clear of anything, including tents, chairs and food.

 

Step 2: Safety Proof Your Pit

While most campgrounds have a pit already dug out, it’s not always ready to go when it comes time for your first fire. Depending on who was there before, there may be some additional safety measures to take.

  • Clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. There should be a 5-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space.
  • If there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it within these borders.
  • Keep any flammable items far from the fire. This includes aerosol cans and pressurized containers.

If you ever have any questions, you can always call over your campground ranger. Campfire safety is their number one priority, and rangers can double check whether the pit is ready to use or not. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Step 3: Have Water Nearby

A big gust of wind or new piece of wood could cause your fire to grow larger than anticipated. In that case, you want to always have water, dirt or a shovel nearby to help reduce the flames or put it out completely if necessary. Controlling the fire can be just as important as putting it out.

 

Step 4: Always Watch

Whether you’re camping alone, with friends or your whole family, it’s easy to get distracted and walk away from the fire. Regardless of what is going on, make sure someone always has an eye on the fire. Especially keep an eye on pets and children that may be sitting or walking close by.

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Part of keeping an eye on the growing flames is ensuring that it’s built properly from the start. This allows it to develop at a safe and controllable rate.

  • Start the fire with kindling and put the wood in a teepee shape around that. Add larger, dry pieces as it grows.
  • Avoid using flammable liquids. This can quickly and easily get out of hand.

 

Step 5: Extinguish Before Bed

When it’s time to retire to bed, you need to put out the fire. There are a number of ways you can do this; throwing water or dirt on the fire is always the best option. Afterward, stir the embers around to ensure another fire won’t start. Ideally, the coals should be wet and cold.

Most campers will agree: camping just isn’t the same without a campfire. However, a great weekend is quickly ruined if someone is hurt or something catches flame. Keep campfire safety in mind, and the fun will surely ensue.

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