We recently returned from a short getaway to the North Georgia mountains to celebrate my birthday. What with everything that’s been going on in the world during these last few months, I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to have a change of scene and pace (and a luxury I keenly recognize). It was also my first time glamping!
Over the years I’ve had many silly conversations with my husband about whether I’d be considered a high or low maintenance kind of girl. In fact I’d probably place myself right in the middle (he may or may not agree!). I’m by no means an extravagant person and find myself increasingly drawn towards the simple things in life. But I won’t deny that I do love my routines and creature comforts!
For that reason glamping was the perfect compromise in terms of getting out into nature… but without exactly roughing it!
Given that it’s been a VERY long time since I want actual camping, and this wouldn’t be quite the same as staying at a hotel or even Airbnb, I did have to put quite some through into what to pack for our trip.
That being the case, I figured that a glamping packing lists might be useful for some of you too. As social distancing is set to become more and more the norm in our lives, I’d guess that this kind of travel is going to soar in terms of popularity.
Before I get onto to the list, I do want to give a quick shout out to the Elatse’Yi Mountain Resort where we stayed.
We had a wonderful experience and our hosts couldn’t have been more accommodating. We stayed in the gorgeously retro Airstream you can see pictured, complete with covered deck and outdoor bath/shower. I would highly recommend it if you’re ever looking for a glamping spot in this area!
What to pack for a glamping trip
Now of course some of this will depend on what’s provided at your campsite. In our Airstream we were fortunate enough to have bedding, towels, a very well stocked kitchen and electricity! We also had the use of a BBQ grill.
But this list should certainly cover the basics and can be added to as needed.
Clothes & accessories
- Some seasonally appropriate outfits
- Warmer layers (my favorite is a cozy wrap cardigan like this one or this one – perfect to throw on in the evening as temps start to dip)
- Waterproofs such as raincoats or ponchos
- Hiking boots and / or sneakers
- Comfy sandals / flip flops
- Insect repellant
- Citronella candle
- Sleeping bags (if bedding is not provided)
Health & personal comforts
- Compact mirror
- A small first aid kit
Food & cooking
- Food for making easy meals
- A LOT of snacks (especially if you have kids!!)
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- Food containers / sandwich bags
- Aluminium foil
- Paper towels
- Reusable water bottles
- Can opener
- Matches / lighter
- Plates, cups, bowls, utensil etc. (if not provided)
- Dishwashing liquid and a sponge
- Trash bags
Entertainment & optional extras
- Books and magazines / e-reader
- Phone and charger
- Bluetooth speaker
- Cards / board games
- … and don’t forget some favorite toys / stuffed animals if you have young children!
Now that I write it all down, it seems like a lot of stuff. But of course the beauty of this kind of trip is that we’re not limited to the size of a suitcase!
Have you ever been glamping? If so, is there anything you’d add to this list? Let me know!
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