The brilliant thing about glamping, and one of its main attractions, is that it’s camping without the hassle of buying and setting up your own gear. What’s more, you can still have the experience of being immersed in nature, like roasting s’mores around the campfire or waking to birdsong, without sacrificing comfort and modern amenities. That’s right. You don’t have to sleep on a flimsy sleeping pad that barely cushions the tree root beneath, and you don’t have to dig your own latrine. Glamping nearly always includes plush beds in furnished tents and easy access to full-service restrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets.
While you don’t have to pack your own shelter or sleeping arrangements, there are several ways you’ll still need to prepare for a cozy and comfortable trip in the great outdoors. To help you get ready, we’ve compiled an essential packing list for your next glamping stay. It’s also a good idea to review the facilities, amenities and other items your glampground provides so you can modify this packing list.
Like packing for any trip, a great starting point is to take a look at the area’s weather report. But, the golden rule for a glamping trip is to pack layers, regardless of the climate you’ll be visiting. From hot, sunny days to cool, starry nights, you’ll be exposed to all of Mother Nature’s whims.
Casual clothing for hanging around the glampground and exploring town.
Trail-friendly clothing for hikes and outdoor adventures.
Evening wear for a nice meal out or vineyard visit.
Swimwear and a beach towel or sarong if you plan to visit a lake or swimming hole.
Base layer (a.k.a. "long johns"), top and bottom for hiking, lounging, layering or wearing as pajamas.
Raincoat or shell jacket to keep out wind and rain, as a light layer for chilly evenings, or added warmth over bulkier sweaters or fleece.
Fleece, insulated jacket or vest for added warmth or layering under a raincoat or shell.
Sweatshirt or sweater for cozy, casual warmth and layering.
Winter hat for cooler climates.
Sun hat to protect you from harmful rays.
Scarf or pashmina for warmth or a layering piece.
Slippers or thick, warm socks for inside your tent.
Trail shoes: depending on the forecast or what activities you have planned, you could bring waterproof hiking shoes, rain boots, non-waterproof hiking shoes, or sneakers. Bottom line: something you can walk in and don't mind getting muddy.
Casual shoes for walking about town, wearing around camp or out to dinner.
Daypack for stashing extra layers, a water bottle and snacks while on the trail, touring wineries or exploring the town.
Water bottle to stay hydrated during your glamping adventures.
Hand and feet warmers, you know those little pouches of warmth for skiing and snowy weather? They're great when the temperature dips.
Cooler for keeping your beverages cold.
Toiletries, sunscreen and bug repellent spray, though you should review the amenities provided by your glampground as these items may be included.
Book you've been wanting time to savor.
Journal to document your stay and foraging finds.
Board games, cards and other activities for unplugged fun, though your glampground may also have their own stash.
Phone, camera and chargers, so you can stay connected (but not too connected!) and capture your glamping experience.
What are your favorite glamping essentials you wouldn’t leave home without? We’d love to know and add to our list! Let us know in the comments section below.