The concept of camping might not be one that appeals all that well to you, but how about glamping? The truth is that travel can be expensive, which is why camping (or glamping in this case) can be such a popular way of getting away. And the truth is that it doesn’t have to feel like you’re missing out on that sense of luxury by opting to stay in a tent.
Believe it or not, do things right and glamping can feel like a really relaxing and luxurious getaway. It’s simply a case of knowing how to add a little luxury to your bog standard camping trip and transform it into a luxe glamping getaway. (The good news is, it’s easier than you might think.)
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Wondering what it takes to turn that basic camping trip into a luxe outdoor break? Below is a guide to some of the ins and outs of transforming your next camping trip into the most incredible getaway.
Pick the perfect tent
Glamping means upgrading your tent to a more boho chic style affair – the idea is to create a sleep space that oozes luxury, without breaking the bank, of course.
The answer is a bell tent – these traditional canvas tents look gloriously luxurious and are surprisingly spacious inside. Plus, they’re super cosy and stay wonderfully cool, unlike more contemporary tent designs, and they’re super easy to put up.
If you are going to opt for a bell tent, make sure to pick one with a zipped in ground sheet, otherwise your tent will be open to the elements and you may get bugs, mud and rain coming into your tent. So it’s worth paying a little more for a tent with a zipped in groun sheet.
Treat yourself to a gazebo
If you’re going to create the perfect glamping set up, you’re going to need a gazebo or a pop up canopy tent to create a glorious outdoor space for you to relax in, besides your tent. Find the right canopy tent and you can create a really lovely outdoor space that you can relax in, whatever the weather.
With the right accessories – which we will get to below – you can transform the space into a really chic place to enjoy. Picture yourself lounging under your gazebo on a warm sunny day, while sipping your favourite tipple. What could be better than that?
Think about comfort
One of the most common reasons that people don’t enjoy camping is because of a lack of comfort. So, this means that if you’re going to create a glamping getaway that you will enjoy, you need to think about comfort, and how you can make the experience as comfortable as possible.
In terms of sleeping, aim to invest in a quality mattress – electric pump up air bed or rollout mattress are both great options, as well as some super cosy bedding. Forget a basic sleeping bag, instead opt for your normal bedding – believe it or not, having a sheet, feather duvet and stacks of pillows, can make a big difference to your experience. Not only will this set up keep you warm, it also screams luxury compared to a bog standard sleeping bag set up.
Fill your bell tent (or tent of choice) with lots of cosiness. Think rugs, throws and floor cushions – it’s little things like this that make the biggest difference when it comes to comfort.
Get the accessories right
What really makes glamping a more luxurious experience than camping is how you accessorise the setup. Believe it or not, it’s the accessories that really make it. So, getting these right is important.
Think about what steps you can take to create the most glorious and luxurious-feeling setup, without breaking the bank. Of course, you also need to think about what you can fit in your car, if you’re driving far to glamp.
Some of the best accessories to treat yourself to are things like indoor-outdoor rugs, cosy throws – faux fur always works well, outdoor cushions to pop under your gazebo, strings of fairy lights (and fairy lights in glass jars), bunting, and basically anything that adds a sense of style to your set up.
There you have it, a guide to how you can turn camping into DIY glamping. Take note of the tips and ideas above and you can create the perfect glamping experience that’s fun and wonderfully luxurious and as far away from bog standard camping as you can possibly get.