For some people, camping is about getting away from the comforts of home and challenging themselves in the outdoors. For others, it’s about recreating their modern life (complete with air-conditioning and surround-sound) at a campsite. Luxury camping has been around for a long time but “glamping” has only been around since 2005 when someone decided to make a new word from “glamorous” and “camping.” (Genius, right?) The idea caught on and “glamping” became an internet and social trend—and it’s still going strong.
What Does “Glamping” Mean?
Glamping is about more than camping with modern conveniences. Instead it takes luxury camping to the extreme with accessories such as chandeliers (yes, in tents), expensive bed linens, and custom bell-shaped tents. The hotel industry has picked up on the trend too, and resorts around the world now offer glamping-inspired accommodations.
As with any trend, however, you can pick and choose the parts that work for you. If you’d like to add a little luxury to your next outdoor adventure, here are 12 items that can turn an ordinary camping trip into a glamping trip. (Chandelier optional.)
1. A Glamping Tent
Bell-shaped tents (they resemble yurts) are the standard shelters in the glamping world. Depending on the size, this tent can offer up to eight feet of headroom plus plenty of space for beds and other furniture. (Because true glamping requires a lot of furniture.) Danchel makes a variety of bell-shaped tents like this one. (There’s also a waterproof version.). Checkout our full collection of the best glamping tents here.
2. A Comfy Bed
Sleeping on the hard ground (or insufficient sleeping pad) seems like a camping rite of passage. If you’re looking for a more comfortable night’s sleep, however, it might be time to invest in a camping cot or air mattress. The Coleman Airbed Camping Cot combines both: the soft surface of an airbed with the elevated platform of a sturdy cot.
3. Cozy Sheets
Rather than zipping yourself into a restrictive sleeping bag, outfit your camp bed with sheets. (These flannel sheets from Eddie Bauer will help make your sleeping space feel a bit more like home.)
4. A Down Blanket
After the sheets, you’ll need a comforter. This puffy down blanket from Rumpl comes in three sizes—the largest is big enough for two people—and a variety of colors. Warm summer night? Use it for extra padding on top of your mattress.
5. A Decorative Rug
Glamping gear isn’t just about function, it’s also about aesthetic. Add a striped rug to the floor of your tent or to your outdoor common area.
6. Indoor Lighting
Hang an old-fashioned lantern in the center of your tent for bright LED-lighting and ambiance. And for a more festive atmosphere, hang string lights inside the tent too.
7. Outdoor Lighting
Add a homey touch to your campsite with these solar-powered string lights.
8. A Functional Stove
This freestanding Coleman stove will allow you to cook just about anything you’d make at home.
9. Retro Tableware
Trade the paper plates and plastic forks for this classic enamelware tableware set.
10. Unbreakable Wine Glasses
Instead of plastic cups (or worse) serve your fireside wine in plastic wine glasses that look just like the real thing.
11. An Appetizer Table
Start dinner with appetizers served on this portable wine and cheese table.
12. Campsite Decorations
Sometimes you can recognize a “glampsite” (yep, made that up) by its colorful decorations. These celebratory garlands should do the trick.