Camping season is upon us. I can practically smell the late night fires, feel the warmth of flannel on my skin, and taste the goodness that is a perfect s’more… I am stoked. There is nothing better than a long weekend spent camping in nature, but let’s be honest, camping isn’t perfect, there are bugs, cold nights, no showers, and the occasional rainy day. So, if you are looking to up your camping game, and maybe take a giant step closer to glamping rather than roughing it camping, here are some easy steps you can follow the next time you head out of the city that will give you the feel of glamping with the price tag of camping.
1. Create an Entry Way
There is nothing worse than having to struggle to take your shoes off and on with your body halfway in the tent. And this problem just gets even worse when it is raining, then you have to rely on that tiny rainfly to keep your shoes and gear dry during the night. Putting up a simple entryway can make a world of difference in your camping experience. It can create a shady spot to hang out on hot days, shelter from the rain that doesn’t trap you in your tent, and an easy spot to get ready each morning and night. You can make this space with a tarp and some collapsible poles, or buy a canopy tent from almost any store. Right now Wal-Mart has 10’x10’ canopy tents for $20-$30, so it won’t break your bank.
This may be for those of you who are camping out at a festival rather than pitching a tent during fishing season, but regardless, adding a boho circle rug, a couple hanging decorations (think wind chimes or dream catchers), or hanging some fabric from your entry way, can really change the vibe from camping to glamping.
3. Ditch the Sleeping Bags
Nothing screams camping more than army colored sleeping bags, so if you don’t have to have them, ditch them. Opt for blankets from home to make your bedding situation. It will transform your tent. You can even open the sleeping bag up and use it as you bottom layer, then just add a couple of cute blankets, and your set!
4. Light it up
We have come a long way since kerosene lanterns, so there is no need to use flashlights once the sun goes down. Hang a couple of camping lanterns from different areas of your campsite, so you have a well-light usable space at night. This will not only make your tent-site look better, it will keep you from having to huddle around the fire in the dark… unless you want to.
You are hopeful there to relax and enjoy the time away, so make sure you are equipped to do just that. If you have trees, bring a hammock, if not, consider getting one of the air hammocks that lay directly on the ground. Whatever you decide, having an area to just chill that isn’t a $10 camp chair, makes you feel more at ease and more like your glamping.
Have you ever been glamping? Share your tips in the comments below!
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Hi, I am Nancy Strahan. I recently graduated with my BA in English Literature and am working to gain experience in the writing/content creation business. I was born and raised in Alaska and I love it here. I am pretty much an outdoor and adrenaline junkie, so if it is crazy or in nature, I'm there. So, naturally all things camping, backpacking, and adventure related are my favorite topics to write about.