Camping with the family is a fantastic way to bond and become one with nature, but let’s face it — roughing it in the wilderness isn’t for everyone. That’s what glamping is for. Why is it better than regular camping, especially if you’re traveling with children or those that can’t handle being out in the woods?
What Is Glamping?
The dictionary defines glamping as “a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.” Basically, you’re bringing all the comforts of home with you out into the wilderness. It’s often looked down upon as a lesser form of roughing it, but it can be a great way to get out into the woods even if you aren’t comfortable doing so or are traveling with young children who won’t weather the wilds well.
How do you make the transition from camping to glamping? It’s easier than you might think. Instead of booking a campsite and pitching a tent, look for locations that offer more luxury facilities like cabins with electricity, air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Choose campsites with showers and higher-end toilet facilities rather than rinsing off with bottled water and digging a hole to do your business.
Glamping is a growing trend, and there are facilities all over the country that are catering to individuals who want to get out of the city but don’t want to leave the comforts of home behind.
DIY Glamping Doesn’t Have to Suck
You don’t have to find a glamping site in order to bring a little bit of home with you into the wilderness. Bring cozy bedding to put on your cot or air mattress instead of trying to get comfy in a sleeping bag. Bring plenty of light to keep away the night. Touches of home, like a folding bedside table, a rug on the floor or even a small piece of art, will liven up your sleeping space.
Don’t forget to bring some solar-powered charging options for the phones and other mobile devices you bring out into the wilds with you. If solar isn’t an option, consider wind, water or crank-powered options, especially if you’re going to be away from your car.
You can even cook some amazing gourmet meals over a campfire — or bring a camp stove with you if you’re not confident in your fire-making skills. Enjoy all the comforts of home while you’re taking in the beautiful views and vistas of the wilderness.
At Home in the Woods
Glamping is a great alternative if you don’t want to rough it in the wilds, or you have small children who don’t react well to time spent away from the comforts they’re familiar with. You don’t have to spend a ton of money renting a glamping cabin or staying at a wilderness retreat. All you need is some comfy bedding and a way to charge your smartphone, and you’re well on your way to creating a refuge that would make anyone a little jealous.
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington