I used to consider myself one of these girls.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always understood the draws of camping; escaping the city, sleeping under the stars, exploring nature, sitting around a campfire. It all sounds great, until I saw an actual campsite.
Nothing dampens the beauty of the great outdoors quite like a line of rusty RV’s, cheap lawn chairs, and those heinous blue tarps. (Seriously, someone should fine whoever is making those things.) Overweight middle-aged men guzzling down cheap beer and hotdogs are a close second.
As quickly as I was sold on the idea, I was repulsed. The idea of sleeping on the ground just didn’t sound appealing anymore. That was until I discovered “Glamping” or glamorous camping. There’s two ways to go glamping: 1) Stay at a resort that caters to glampers (click here for more info) or 2) be a DIY glamper.
Some of the nicer glamping resorts cost just as much (or more) as a 5-star hotel, but don’t let a price tag scare you off. You can easily create your own glampsite for a fraction of the cost. After all, glamping is really just a state of mind. It’s for those who realize camping doesn’t have to mean eating BBQ beans out of a can. You can still be stylish and luxurious while you camp, you just have to put a little extra thought into food and drinks and bring along some of your own little luxuries.
Here’s how I envision my glampsite… Who knew camping gear could be so cute?!
[Image Above, Clockwise from to Top Left] Laura Ashley Fabric Tent, DWR Airstream $49,066, (comes fully furnished and decorated with DWR products, even sheets) Camp Chef Oven $185, Soul Pad Canvas Tent (start at $359), Floral Picnic Basket $72, Crosley Attic Radio and ipod dock $98, Ikea Sheepskin rug $19.99, Crate and Barrel Table in a Bag $44.95, Coleman Stainless Steel Cooler $159.95 (says it can keep ice for 3 days, wow!), Cath Kidston Box Floral Tent $162.38, Cath Kidston Floral Oven Mitts $13, Cath Kidston Strawberry Tablecloth $45.47, Frieling Stainless-Steel 35-Ounce French Press $69.95.
The real luxury comes out at night.
[Image Above, Clockwise from to Top Left] DWR Tepee $2,200, Atrio Stainless Steel Fire Basket $788.50, Plush Puff Gourmet marshmallows $5.99, Godiva Chocolate Biscuits $8.50, Cast iron Twig Skewers (Set of $30, Tea Light Chandelier $96, Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Blankets ($175 each), Soul Pad Canvas Tent (start at $359), Deluxe Portable Bar Set (if this doesn’t say glamorous, I don’t what does…)$119.95, Retro Coleman Lantern $22.99, Crate and Barrel Citronella Bucket Candles (Large $16.95, Small $6.95).
Are you here yet?
2) For added comfort, get a silk sleeping bag liner and bring oversized pillows and a soft plush blanket like the ones pictured above to snuggle with.
5) Another pearl of wisdom from Posh Hippie: Bring something to do.
Until next time,
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