Ready to try something new on your next holiday? Why not give glamping a go! Forget the same old camping trip or luxury break – you can have it all with this adventurous and comfortable hybrid experience. And if packing is what’s holding you back, don’t worry – we’ve got everything covered in our blog post featuring an easy-to-follow checklist if you’re wondering what to pack for glamping. So why wait? Pack up the toilet roll and come explore why so many people are loving their glamourous outdoor getaways!
What is glamping and why you should try it
Glamping is the perfect way to get outdoors and experience a unique camping trip, without compromising on comfort. Think tent stays with luxurious beds, well-stocked amenities such as toilets (take a look at these composting toilets from Good Gardeners International for an idea of what you’re dealing with,) hot tubs and even delicious meals cooked to order if you don’t want to cook! Glamping combines the excitement of spending time in nature with all the conveniences of modern living-imagine hot showers when you’re ready for them and no set-up/takedown time.
Create unforgettable experiences; from stargazing under twinkling skies to taking in views from inside your cosy cocoon. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle and disconnect from technology a bit, but don’t want to put on your salt-stained hiking boots or sleep somewhere rustic – glamping is here to save the day!
What essentials to pack for an unforgettable glamping holiday
Sleeping bag and pillows
You’ll also need a sleeping bag that’s warm and cosy if your glamping setup doesn’t provide bedding (some do.) Plus, don’t forget to pack some pillows! Inflatable pillows are a great option as they’re small and light, but still comfortable.
A camping chair is essential for relaxing around the campfire or enjoying a meal outdoors. Look for one that’s sturdy and comfortable, with a built-in cup holder for your coffee, water bottle… or wine glass!
A cooler is key for keeping your food and drinks cold. Choose one that’s big enough to fit all your supplies, but not so big that it’s cumbersome to carry. I like ones that you can plug in if you have access to an electric supply, or failing that, get one that can be powered by your car (when it’s on the move.)
If you plan on cooking while you’re camping, you’ll need a portable stove if your glamping destination doesn’t supply one. There are many different types available, so choose one that best suits your needs and the number of people you’ll be feeding. If you’re only doing simple cooking, a small propane stove will do the trick. But if you want to get more adventurous with your meals, consider investing in a larger stove that can accommodate multiple pots and pans.
Food and drinks
When you go glamping, it’s important to pack the right foods and drinks to make your outdoor adventures enjoyable. Make sure to bring bottled water for hydration and mixed nuts for an energy boost. Tinned goods like soups or chilli are always handy in case you get stuck in an area with limited resources. It’s also a good idea to bring some snacks like dried fruit or dark chocolate to keep you satiated throughout the day. Don’t forget to throw in a few indulgent treats as well, like marshmallows and maybe even a bottle of wine so that when you’re done exploring, you can kick back and take in the sights with a festive beverage!
Dishes & utensils
Don’t forget to pack plates, bowls, cups, and utensils! If you don’t want to use disposable dishes, look for plates and bowls that are made from biodegradable materials like bamboo or palm leaf fibre. For utensils, stainless steel or titanium are good options as they’re lightweight and won’t rust. Do check out the facilities at your glamping retreat first, but If you’re not going disposable, remember to pack washing-up supplies too, and a big washing-up bowl.
Lanterns & flashlights
Lanterns and flashlights are essential for providing light at night. Once the sun goes down, it gets very dark, very quickly. Choose lanterns that run on battery power (you can also get rechargeable battery ones for short trips) so you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel. Solar fairy lights are nice to string on trees or the edge of your tent. Head torches are invaluable for midnight toilet trips, and for dancing in the moonlight! Make sure to pack extra batteries just in case.
First aid kit
No matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, it’s always a good idea to pack a first aid kit – I always seem to lose a nail when I go camping! Be sure to include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and allergy medication. And don’t forget to pack any prescription medications you may need!
Of course, you’ll need clothes! But the key to packing for glamping is to pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. You can also pack for cooler/absolutely freezing evenings.
Shoes are another important part of your packing list. You’ll want to make sure you have a comfortable pair of walking shoes for exploring during the day. A pair of sandals or flip-flops are also essential for wearing around the campsite so you can flick them on and off easily. And don’t forget to pack a few pairs of socks!
There are some personal items that you’ll need to pack for your trip, such as toiletries and medication. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen, toilet paper, wipes, insect repellent, and lip balm!
Don’t forget to pack some entertainment for your trip! This might include books, magazines, games, cards, or your favourite music playlist and portable Bluetooth speaker. If you’re bringing along electronics like a laptop or tablet, be sure to pack their adapters, extra batteries, battery packs or chargers.
Free downloadable packing list checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything
So there you have it – the definitive glampers packing list! With this convenient checklist to hand, you’ll never again have to worry about forgetting your battery pack or spare shoes. Now, all that remains is for you to answer that call of the wild – go out into nature and make some remarkable memories that will last forever. Glamping has something uniquely special to offer, so don’t miss this unforgettable adventure!