Most of us went camping as younger children and enjoyed it. Who wouldn’t? Having the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, roasting marshmallows, camp fires and sleeping under the stars – it is most kids idea of heaven. Most grown ups still love doing all these things.
However, as a grown up, you might not quite enjoy the mud and the cold, trekking across swampy grass in your pjamas to use the loo in the middle of the night and everything being covered in condensation or dew in the mornings. Some people might think it adds to the experience, but if mud is not your thing, you have possibly considered glamping.
Glamping is ‘glamorous camping’. It is a glammed up version of the holiday, staying in huts or posh bell tents rather than your average tent with poles. It is sleeping in proper beds – perfect for anyone who wants the camping experience without the hassle. Here, we look at some tips to help you get the most out of your glamping experience.
Plan for every eventuality
There is nothing that screams ‘let me go home’ like packing for sunny, warm weather and being confronted by pouring down rain and freezing temperatures for the next week. It makes for an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience, no matter how luxurious your tent or hut is. We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be – one minute it is glorious and the next it is akin to a monsoon. Pack wisely and for every eventuality – a Wet & Dry Changing Robe can be particularly useful.
Meal prep is a must
There is nothing more miserable on a camping trip than a sad, squashed sandwich and a warmed-up tin of beans on a disposable BBQ. Okay, so you are not going to have a fully equipped kitchen to hand to cook three course gourmet meals, but you can make something decent. Preparation before you go can mean you eat like kings while in your glamping accomodation.
Whip up some nice salads and take some decent steak for the adults and some yummy burgers and hotdogs for the kids. ‘Smores are a camping must have – digestive biscuits with a square of chocolate and marshmallows sandwiched in between ready to toast over the campfire.
Think about entertainment
What are you planning to do while you are there? Are you going to leave your tent or hut and explore the local area? Or are you going to stay in and have fun inside? Make sure you tke things to entertain you, especially if you have children. Remember, your options to charge electronic devices may be limited, so you may have to go back in time for your inspiration. Card games and board games, drawing or painting, crafts and books are some of the things that you could do.
No matter how luxurious your accommodation, no matter how well prepared you are, there is always the possibility of something not quite going to plan. Take these in your stride, put them down to being part of the experience and have fun.
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