Love the Great Outdoors, But Hate Sleeping There? Try Glamping!

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?

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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!

Quick Checklist for Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business.

If a hurricane or tornado were to hit your company tonight at 9:43pm, would you be back in business tomorrow? Well, unless you have a smart disaster recovery plan, the answer is ‘no’—not tomorrow and possibly not ever.

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 No one enjoys thinking about and planning for worst case scenarios. But if and when disaster strikes your organization, there is no substitute for being well prepared. And with hurricane season in full force now, it’s a good reminder that most disasters come without a lot of warning.

The best time to put together a disaster recovery plan is obviously before anything happens. When heads are cool, we can all think, plan, and strategize to the best of our abilities. This article provides a general guide and useful resources for making sure your team is ready in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster.

Where do we start?

To get started with disaster recovery planning, first check to see whether your company has a plan in place, however incomplete. If you have an outdated plan to work with, start by making any necessary updates. In the future, make sure to update your disaster recovery plan once per year or whenever policy changes necessitate a change in the plan.

If you find yourself starting from scratch, consider that each type of disaster has unique consequences for the systems, people, and proce

sses that keep your business up and running. FEMA.gov is a good place to start with a list of emergency preparedness resources for different types of disasters.

Here’s a handy checklist for creating a more general disaster recovery plan for your business:

 

1. Put people first.

It is surprising how many online disaster recovery templates fail to mention the risk of actual injury and loss of human life during emergencies. But it is up to businesses to put a plan in place to protect their people in the event of an em

ergency.

Which personnel are essential to operations? Do you have a plan in place for allowing most employees to work remotely, while clean-up and reconstruction efforts are arranged? If there are injuries to employees, how will you make sure they receive urgent medical care?

Putting your people first means thinking beyond a mere first-aid kit.

2. Who is responsible for what during a disaster?

During a disaster, decisions will need to be made quickly. It’

s essential to establish a clear mission-critical, hierarchy spelling out exactly who will make decisions and when. This starts with a list of key stakeholders, executives, and managers along with a list of disaster-response actions each will take in order to recover and restore functions that were interrupted.

3. Consider the minimum infrastructure you need to operate.

Does a strong disaster recovery plan require you to pay rent on additional office space in a non-disclosed location in case of an emergency? Probably not. But it is important for you to consider your options ahead of an emergency.

Do you have technology in place to allow employees to seamlessly work from remote locations? What if the office is “inhabitable” and necessary for keeping some aspects of your business running, but there’s no running water? Maybe portable restroom trailers for employees and customers could solve your problem.

4. Have a plan for data recovery.

IT back ups should be a regular part of your business procedur

es and are an important part of any type of disaster recovery. In fact, your IT department should have its own, separate disaster recovery plan. Here’s a good document to pass on to your leaders in IT.

Your data may be your business’s most valuable asset. Make sure it’s protected. Consider how and where your data is being stored. Is it on-site? In the cloud? Is the data encrypted? What will it take to restore it? How vulnerable are you to being hacked or compromised during recovery?

5. Make communication as easy as possible.

Communication during disaster recovery is key. If your employees can’t communicate with one another, it will be very hard for them to fulfill their responsibilities. Consider with whom they will need to communicate. Who should employees contact to confirm the status of business and execute the plan?

6. Know what you will say to the public.

Next to having a plan for internal communications, it’s important to have a plan for communicating with external channels such as customers, vendors, investors, and the media. Come up with a list of core messages and talking points that can easily be modified to include relevant information about the specific emergency situation.

It’s a good idea to come up with a “crisis management media kit” with pre-written press releases ready to be tweaked and blasted out. No one will be in the right state of mind to come up with a press release during such a devastating time. Best to work from a script.

7. Model most likely disasters.

Consider the disasters that are most likely to affect your business and model as accurately as possible when conducting practice drills. If you don’t operate in a flood zone, you may not need to plan for a flood. So make sure to plan for scenarios that you and your staff are likely to encounter.

8. Keep a list of supply delivery vendors and restaurants at the recovery site.

This item may sound strange, but it can be very important. During an emergency you and employees may spend many hours at the recovery site and need certain supplies. You do not want to waste precious time and resources searching for these things after a disaster.

You may very well need staff to spend more than 24 hours at a time on site. If employees are sifting through rubble and working in areas t

hat are especially dusty, for instance, personal hygiene may become a priority. In this case, having portable shower trailers on hand can be a lifesaver. Make sure Blue Ribbon Restrooms is on your list of emergency vendors.

9. Test and retest your disaster recovery plan.

Disaster recovery planning is a work in progress. You will need to carefully update and reevaluate your plan to keep pace with important changes in your business. Make sure you test your entire plan at least once each year in order to keep s

taff familiar with the protocol. When testing your plan, don’t assume events will unfold exactly according to plan. Be sure to test different scenarios and unusual variables.

No one likes to consider worst case scenarios, unfortunately, that doesn’t prevent disasters from happening. Instead of burying their heads in the sand, smart businesses come up with a solid plan for meeting disaster head on.

Let Blue Ribbon Restrooms be your partner in disaster preparedness. Call us to find out how we can help you put your people first!