It used to be an exclusive extra at festivals favoured by the rich and famous, but in recent years Glamping has become a must-have in tourist destinations across the world. It's been training people to forget all they know about sleeping under canvas, with luxurious beds and fine furnishings expected alongside good food and, of course, a roaring fire. So, what to take to glamping to ensure your trip is perfect?
Warm clothes and waterproofs
You may be camping in great luxury, but you can't forget that you're still outdoors, and among your Glamping essentials should still be warm and waterproof clothes to make sure you can enjoy it to its fullest. If you're doing it right, you'll still be enjoying some classic camping staples like bonfires under the stars, bracing early morning walks, late nights up talking and laughing and even outdoor sports - so you'll need some wellies, warm socks, scarves, waterproof coats and trousers - otherwise you might end up a bit chilly!
Things to do
Another big requirement on your Glamping gear list is a host of things to do! By its very nature, Glamping is often at the mercy of the weather, so you'll need to make sure that you have activities to absorb you in your Glamping tents even if it's raining outside. Old favourites are books, jigsaw puzzles and board games, but it's also not a bad idea to have a tablet or a laptop so that you can listen to music and watch films. Even if the weather is fine, it's also a good plan to have things to do near your Glamping tents to enjoy while the barbecue heats up, a football, rugby ball, quick cricket set, badminton net - the possibilities are endless!
Glamping accessories: the little touches
One of the best things about Glamping is that you are free to personalise your experience and to take as much or as little as you like. Some Glamping tents are as big as little hotel suites, so there's no lack of space for your home comforts. If you're a family that likes to eat, bringing your own barbecue or Tandoori oven can be a great idea to make the tent your home away from home. You can also bring your own furnishings, like cushions, throws, rugs and blankets. If you're really brave, why not bring a paddling pool or some football goals so you can really have fun outside!
Glamping accessories: the great outdoors
The primary motivation for going on a Glamping trip is to have all the luxury you are used to on holiday, but much closer to nature than you can usually manage. If you're intending to make the most of your location and to go on a hiking expedition, it's important that you don't forget all the gear you'll need to leave your luxurious accommodation behind! Walking boots, maps, a swiss army knife, thick socks, a compass, a comfortable backpack and a water bottle are must-haves - just in case you decide to go on a little adventure.
Glamping accessories: staying safe
The chances are that you're not going to be terribly isolated on your Glamping trip, but it's a pain to have to leave your holiday behind to go and fetch medical items that you could have brought with you. Plus, there is always the chance that you might be able to save yourself pain or discomfort if you can treat accidents and illnesses on site, rather than later. As a result, it's always a good idea to pack things like plasters, antiseptics, bandages and tablets for headaches, pain and dehydration. If you're blessed with sunshine on your holiday, it's also a good idea to bring sunscreen and insect repellant!
Food and drink
There are often site shops at Glamping locations, as well as shops nearby, but it can be nice to take something special with you that you can't get just anywhere. A traditional delicacy, a family speciality or a particularly fine vintage of wine or whisky can be a great idea to help you enjoy yourself!