Many people across the world love to camp and who can blame them? The fresh smell of the outdoors, the exceptional scenery, the incredible feeling of serenity that comes from being immersed in nature. There is even evidence to suggest that spending time outdoors doing activities like camping, is good for your mental health. Apparently, the positive effects of just going for a walk can last for seven hours, so imagine what a whole weekend of camping can do! In 2017, a massive 326.9 million US dollars was spent on wholesale purchases of tents and camping shelters, and in the last 7 years, there has been a 30.7% increase in campervan registration in Australia.
So, it looks like everyone is catching on to the type of relaxing break that leaves the body and mind truly revitalized and refreshed. But the true camping experience most of us know and love, doesn’t suit everyone.
“My camping days are over, but I might consider glamping” – Christine Feehan
Some people like to combine life’s luxuries with camping to enjoy something we now know as glamping. Instead of putting up your tent yourself, and struggling with things like chopping wood for a fire, you turn up to a yurt, converted building, or a safari-style tent, and enjoy the camping experience. This is usually complete with breakfast deliveries or ingredients to make breakfast, luxury toilet blocks, a log burner and ready-made beds. Camping in this way is so popular, media from this year has suggested 2018 is the perfect year to start a glamping business.
The problem is, glamping can be a lot more expensive than camping. You can pay between £100 ($130USD) and £200 ($260USD) pounds a night or more for a beautiful glamping experience. If you camp in a tent, however, aside from your camping equipment costs, you can camp in some places for as little as £5 ($7USD) a night, or in lots of different countries, entirely free if you do your research.
If you are the kind of person who loves camping, but would like the luxury of glamping without the additional cost, there are simple changes you can make to your setup to make your experience a lot more glamorous.
Check out these tips for making your camping trip more like glamping, but without the extra cost:
1. Invest In Trimmings
Tents on their own aren’t super attractive. They are designed to be practical, and if they are nice color or print, you are likely to have to pay extra for that. Investing in trimmings like solar fairy lights, bunting, ornaments and other little extras that make your tent look beautiful. There are some great ideas on this YouTube video.
2. Make It More Comfortable
Something a lot of us can skimp on when packing for a camping trip, is comfortable accessories. The cheapest sheets, and a minimal amount of pillows, maybe a scratchy blanket or two – we don’t tend to think further than practical when it comes to these things. That is because, we expect items to get dirty, and also, we only use them a few times a year so, they aren’t worth the extra money right? By making your tent or camper more comfortable will give you a more glamping like experience, and it may even make you want to camp more often. Consider:
- Taking cushions away with you- we love this indoor pillow fort you could easily make in your outdoor tent
- Getting a few squashy, snuggly blankets
- Upgrading your bed to a double or even a king airbed, so it is more like a real bed
- Getting luxury camping chairs so when you are sat around the fire, you could well be sat in your armchair at home (well, nearly!)
The more comfortable your camping trip is, the more glamorous it will feel.
3. Give Yourself The Gift Of Electricity
If for you, luxury means tech like a TV or an electric grill, or the ability to blow dry your hair, or charge your phone easily, then it could be worth investing in a generator. Finding a portable generators for sale at a reputable local company can provide you with all the electricity you need to enjoy some home comforts, far away from home in the beautiful natural surroundings you have chosen.
4. Treat Yourself To Luxury Food & Drink
Catching fish from the river, or sourcing food from the wild in other ways is a real pleasure for some, however, for others, they wish they already had food to enjoy. Camping doesn’t have to mean tins of bangers, or stodgy bread. It can be much more luxurious than that. Think about the kind of breakfast you would love served to you camping, then aim to get the best meat, eggs, bread, and condiments you can afford to make that happen. You might even want to switch cooking duties with your partner, or friend, so you get a break every now and then and feel a bit like you’re being waited on, like you might be when glamping.
5. Pick A WOW Camping Spot
If there’s one thing the best glamping spots have, it is a unique or breathtaking view or set of surroundings. With a little research, you could easily find a camping spot that blows away any other camping spot you have experienced before. Take a look at this article on the 15 of the best places to camp in the world, to get your inspiration flowing. Opening up your door to an exceptional view could be exactly what you need to feel like your camping experience excels all others you have had before.
“A thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me.” – Larry Wilcox
Camping can easily be a glamping style affair if you put in a little creative preparation and purchasing. Essentially, it comes down to what would cause you to glamp. What part of glamping do you consider a luxury? Once you understand your own personal luxuries and favourite comforts, you can easily ensure your next camping trip accommodates those desires, and more.