A guide to glamping (when you don’t do camping)

A guide to glamping (when you don’t do camping)

Evening all! I’m back from 5 nights glamping in Wales (travel guide to come) and boy was it fun. In fact, I was a little surprised at how well it went.

The thing is, I hate camping. Okay maybe hate is a little strong, but it’s just not my bag. I love my gadgets, mod-cons, cleanliness and feeling warm and cosy. I’ve been camping a couple of times many many years ago (although only for 1 night each time) and it seemed like a lot of effort for a crappy night sleep. On the other hand, I love being outside and have a bit of a thing for forests. Hmmm, dilemma.

Solution = glamping

Glamping means glamorous camping. It usually involves sleeping in an enhanced tent, yurt or hut and often includes the basics like cooking equipment and an actual bed! You can find them in the same places where you would expect to camp.

In our case, it was in its own field, on top of a mountain (okay I’m not sure it was an actual mountain, maybe more of a very steep hill – sounds less cool though).

We were prepared as fuck for this glamping holiday and it paid off. Here are some tips and packing guide to help you make the most of your glamping experience.

fail to prepare, prepare to fail

 

Mindset

This part is mainly aimed at those who are new to camping or glamping or not keen on the idea of it. I’ll admit, the last time I went camping I was 21 and concerned with how I would straighten my frizzy hair in the morning and keep my phone charged. The problem is if you go in worrying about this kinda stuff, you may end up disappointed or focused on what you’re missing from home. Instead try embracing what glamping is meant for… spending time in the great outdoors, connecting with others and recharging yourself without the modern distractions. How rare is to have an excuse not to have your phone on you?! Treat this as a new experience and embrace the difference because it’s unique and it won’t last forever. Going prepared was key for setting up an awesome glamping experience, which leads me on to my next tip of what to bring.

 

Food

Bring snacks because you won’t want to drive through fields and down tiny bumpy country roads just because you feel a little peckish. Washing up also becomes a lot harder when you’re camping or glamping. You’ll have to carry all your bits to a communal sink area and trust me, it’s a pain in the arse.

  • Switch your porridge or cereal to dried fruit and nut bars & protein bars for breakfast and snacks.
  • Cider (or your drink of choice)! And water too I suppose.
  • BBQ food. Admittedly one of my favourite things about glamping was all the BBQ food we got to eat. A lot of the glamping sites we saw came with a coal BBQ, otherwise you can buy cheap disposable ones at most supermarkets.
  • Marshmallows and skewers. Fire pits seem sad without them.
  • Water bottles.

Clothes

Layers!!!! Can’t stress it enough. One time I had just a vest top on and another time I needed 5 different layers (maybe this is just Wales though?!). You’ll want to have enough clothes so that if it rains or your stuff gets muddy, it won’t matter because you’ll have enough clothes to change in to. It means that you’ll feel freer to explore, go ‘off-grid’, go looking for waterfalls or need to climb up and over rocks. Check out my Wales packing guide (coming soon) for more specifics on what clothes to take.

Toiletries

Consider this section more of an ‘extras’ of stuff which ended up being really useful:

  • Oil for your hair and body. I’ve mentioned this on Instagram but I lovvve argon oil & sometimes use coconut oil on my hair and as a general body moisturiser. It’s not essential per se, but it comes in handy to tame frizzy hair or make it look sleeker if you’re without your straighteners or hairdryer. (Tip: add a few drops to your hands and run through the middle to the ends of your hair).
  • Wet wipes or face wipes. These are handy for general cleaning stuff, hands or as a face wash before sleep.
  • Tissues.
  • Carrier bag. Use it to separate used / dirty clothes, muddy shoes or for general waste.
  • A portable or compact mirror for getting ready within your tent/ yurt/pod etc.

Other

Some more random bits and bobs which added to the fun of glamping!

  • One of those portable power battery thingy’s, like this – link for keeping your mobile topped up if necessary.
  • Stargazing phone app. If you’re far away enough from any city or town, the better the view you’ll get of the night sky and stars. Why not try one of those free stargazing apps and see what you can find up there!
  • A compass or compass app. This comes in handy if you’re in the countryside and in a landscape which has very little indistinguishable features and can only see fields upon fields of hills. A compass will help you keep track of what direction you’re heading and how to get back.
  • A torch.
  • A game. I recently bought this and this which is perfect for glamping situations. It’s like a fun quiz which encourages discussions and helps to get to know each other a little better. Plus it’s small so it’s not a burden to carry.

Have you been glamping before – any more tips? Add them below 🙂

Let me know in the comments if you would like more info about the glamping site we chose and I’ll get back to you. I’ve created a mid-Wales guide if you’re interested in things to do around the Brecon Beacons area, click here to see it.

Thanks for reading.

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