You've probably heard the term "glamping" tossed around a lot, lately. But who needs another trend to follow, right?
If the glamour camping movement doesn't sound like your cup of tea, consider this: Glamping can mean simply adding a touch of comfort to your regular camping routine. Any style of camper can benefit from a little extra comfort.
We spoke to some glamping experts for advice on simple ways to make your next camping experience a little more glamorous.
Glamping means something different to every camper. We spoke to 5 experienced glampers to find out how they embrace comfort in the outdoors.
Margaret’s #1 priority when glamping is a good night’s sleep. She loves to mountain bike with her friends while camping, and she needs to be well-rested to tackle those trails.
So she brings an REI Kingdom Cot, sets it up in her tent with a Thermarest feather bed and nice sheets, and sleeps under a down comforter instead of a sleeping bag. No deflated pad or claustrophobic sleeping bag for this glamper!
Eliza loves cooking outdoors, but she hates mosquitos. So she installed an ARB awning with an attachable mosquito gazebo on her van. This portable kitchen lets her cook dinner in a comfy chair while she drinks a glass of wine and watches the sun set.
Her gazebo is also spacious enough to roll out a yoga mat for morning sun salutations before a long day of playing in the mountains.
Annie’s an avid sea kayaker who often camps at the bay to catch the morning light on the water. She goes “glam” by bringing her Cleanwaste portable toilet system and putting it inside the tent to avoid squatting in the woods. She also brings a Shark portable hand vacuum to make sure her car and tent stay as clean as her home.
Sabrina says you don’t have to throw out your beauty routine just because you’re on a camping trip. She and her husband love to hike and camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the summer, and they also like to go out on the town for coffee or a date night when they’re on the road. She brings her Tilvee eco-friendly shower, along with travel-sized skin and hair care products so she can feel good and look good for whatever she’s doing.
Jaime’s a mom of a mountain biking family; she and her 12-year-old daughter both compete in local races and the family comes along to camp. Her priority is making sure they all recover properly so they can perform well and ride safely the next day. They have a Eureka family-size tent for sleeping and another tent with chairs for lounging. Jaime always makes sure to pack nutritious meal ingredients and her favorite LillyTrotters compression socks for herself and her daughter. These are recovery must-haves after a long day of riding.
Are you ready to try glamping for yourself? We'd love to hear about the glamping tips that work for you. Tell us how you stay comfortable while camping in the comments, below!
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Ah, wintertime travel. There’s nothing more magical than waking up at the crack of dawn, piling on a mishmash of warm winter clothes, and getting stuck in traffic while you're already late for your flight.
Ok, maybe winter travel isn’t so magical after all. We can't do anything about the lines at security, but we can work on packing our bulky winter clothes more effectively.
Here are 7 simple ways to help you pack light, even with winter clothing.