With all the excitement of the Great American Eclipse in the rearview mirror and the kids heading back to school, you might be wondering what your next adventure will be. She wants to go camping, but he can’t stand using those mildewed campground showers. Ever considered glamping?
A mashup of “glamorous” and “camping,” glamping is perfect for those who love the great outdoors, but don’t want to sleep in a tent. It’s all about getting a good night’s rest in outdoor accommodations like yurts, bell tents, tipis, treehouses, and rustic chic cabins.
But glamping is more than just camping without a tent. You can forget about dingy motels and stale continental breakfast muffins. The glam is mandatory! This means something different everywhere, but think heated floors, furry rugs, wood-burning stoves, luxury bathroom trailers, and fancy spa products.
Sound like fun? Keep reading for tips on how to choose your own glamping adventure whether that means hitting the road or turning your own backyard into a glamping resort for your friends complete with luxury bathroom trailers, of course.
Take a Glamping Get-Away
If you’re ready to ditch those dusty sleeping bags and have a glorious time, checkout some of the most incredible glamping accommodations in the US:
1. Fireside Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Think luxury hunting lodge, without the camouflage. Tuck in at night with luxury linens over a comfy king size bed. The bathhouse has rain showers, heated floors, and offers organic spa products. Enjoy campfires, scotch tastings, local micro-brew happy hours, and guided tours with other resort visitors. There’s even a top chef to prepare gourmet meals.
2. Bali House and Bali Cottage in Kehena Beach, Hawaii.
This private beach paradise is nestled on the black sands of Kehena Beach on the Big Island. Your 1,000 square foot cottage with both indoor and outdoor living spaces comes with a fully equipped kitchen, luxury bathrooms, garden spas, and fine linens. The ocean cliff is 75 feet from your front door and you can go snorkeling, hiking, boating, and take a lava boat tour!
3. Sequoia High Sierra Camp in Giant Sequoia National Monument, California.
Imagine waking up to the breathtaking background of California’s Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, while enjoying deluxe furnishings, premium amenities, and friendly hospitality. This secluded mountain retreat has everything you need in a glamping experience. Explore stunning mountain peaks, cascading creeks, tranquil fields, and see more stars than you’ve ever seen at night. The “tents” are more like high-end, open air condos luxurious, spacious, and cozy.
There are so many more choices available both inside and outside the US for glamping accommodations. Take some time to do your research and plan for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
What to Expect and What to Pack:
Once you’ve booked your glamping destination, all you have to do is figure out what to pack. As comfortable as glamping is, it can be easy to forget that it’s not a hotel stay. So, if you’re considering giving it a try, keep in mind that you may have to trek through the woods to get to your shared bathroom (though hopefully it will be at least as nice as our luxury restroom trailers and portable shower trailers).
Here’s more about what to expect:
- Make sure you bring warm clothes because as comfortable as your accommodations will be, the great outdoors might still be chilly.
- Many glamping sites allow campfires and will provide a supply of firewood, but you may need your own matches and you will definitely need your own fire-building skills. So it’s a good idea to read up on this.
- You will probably have cooking facilities of some kind. So bring whatever you want for a delicious breakfast. You may also have a grill for cooking over an open flame.
- Bring your rain boots and a flashlight.
Throw a Glamping Party at Home
If you’d rather stay home, why not invite some friends over and have your own glamping adventure right in your own backyard? It’s easy to throw a glamping dinner party that will keep your friends talking until next summer.
1. Set Up the Essentials
If you have the space, set up a big tent-, yurt-, or tipi- type structure. Add plenty of pillows, blankets, and comforters to make a comfy nest for sleeping. Have guests bring their own too to add to the fun. If you’re short on space, you can hang a canopy from the trees or attach it to the roof of the house.
Next set up the table for your elegant outdoor dinner party. Either set up out under the stars or let the sleeping structure do double-duty serving as an inviting outdoor dining room. Once dinner is over, you can take the table down and replace it with mountains of pillows.
If you really want to go all out and give your guests the real glamping experience, hire a chef to cater the party, and rent luxury bathroom trailers or—better yet, our 3-stall combination restroom and shower trailer. Not only will you save time cooking and cleaning up after your guests, but you will virtually guarantee that your glamping party will be the talk among your friends for months.
2. Create a Cozy Group Seating Area
Encourage the group to connect through conversation and other activities by creating a comfortable circle with sofas and chairs around a firepit. Of course, the seats don’t have to actually be on the ground. Hanging chairs are a great option in an outdoor space. They’re as comfortable as a hammock without taking up so much space.
3. Don’t Forget the Lighting
Finally, stringing plenty of lights overhead is an easy way to turn up the volume on the glam. If you don’t love the idea of an open flame around all of those pillows, you can get LED tea candles, and wrap LED string lights around some logs to make a “city-safe” fire pit. Don’t forget to light the path to your luxury bathroom trailers and the house. You don’t want guests tripping in the dark.
For more DIY glamping adventure ideas worthy of an HGTV reality show, check out this slideshow.
At Blue Ribbon Restrooms, while we may not be able to cater your outdoor glamping experience, we can lend our expertise to the mix with our luxury bathroom trailers and portable showers. We’re happy to help with outdoor weddings and events of all sizes too. Request your no-obligation quote today!