Love the camping lifestyle but only with the comforts of home?
And here’s some handy hints on how to Glamp successfully!
Start with the Tent!
How would you like a tent that could probably eat everyone else’s, and without being sorry? There are people everywhere who take pride in how teeny tiny their tent is – “it goes up so fast!” they say. Well the ‘glamp tent’ could consume four or five of the average version! Must have a foyer, which is handy for keeping camp chairs dry overnight along with shoes and hats; and a solid floor of course.. Might be a beast to set up, but when you can stand up inside and there’s ample space for the air mattress, it’s a pretty good feeling.
Integral to the glamping experience… soft and luxurious bedding!
Goodbye flat sleeping bags, hello soft blankets and fluffy pillows. Take along a large air mattress (easy to inflate these days with a small battery powered pump), and then add a large luxurious faux fur blanket (or more than one) as the basis for the bedding. Then add some throw blankets and colorful pillows for even more comfort and warmth – go ahead, imagine crawling into that after a day of hiking, fishing and having fun with the kids!
In the proverbial ‘olden days’, a flashlight and a lantern were all you needed to provide your light after sunset. Glamping however, brings with it a whole new fun lighting experience! Use a variety of lighting to ‘illuminate’ your tent and outdoor area with an ambient soft glow with some large scented candles that will really add to the comfortable atmosphere, and smell amazing! A great alternative is also attractive solar lights which obviously do their thing after the sun has powered them all day giving a great glow and of course, very safe. You could also add a modern version of the old lantern style if you’re sentimental!
Mirror (yes, even a mirror!)
Include this one luxury that most tents and campers don’t have – a mirror! Is there anything worse than having camped for a day and going into the toilet block to see that your hair is camp crazy and you have mascara smeared across your face? And what’s worse, no one told you? So take along a medium size mirror that will hang at the back of the tent, easy to use, out of the way and supporting just a little bit of ‘bush beauty’.
Appropriate clothing, always
Hmm, not really a ridgy didge quality of “glamping” per say, but camping cannot possibly be comfortable if you are constantly too hot or too cold. Pack for the weather, wear layers and don’t forget rain gear, warm socks and a beanie for sleeping, to keep your ears (and maybe your nose) warm! Of course for the serious Glampers, take your best jamies, designer gum boots and jacket and the essential uber jeans! Aren’t these T-shirts great?
well maybe not those last ones?!
Trouble getting to sleep? A mulberry silk eye mask is a must-have in the packing.
For that unfortunate placing next to the loudest snorer on earth… you will need the ultimate ear plugs!
Now for the Munchies!
How is it that camping is like flicking the food switch?? It seems to happen to everyone so don’t feel guilty – just give yourself permission and enjoy it! But don’t limit yourself to the normal bar-b-que foods like steak and sausages – take a stash of delicious gourmet foods with you that will really be a food highlight. Something like giant sourdough pretzels, an assortment of salted and roasted nuts, marinated cheeses and olives, stuffed peppers and a variety of delicious cold meats. For all day snacking take along bags of dried mango slices, dried pineapple wedges, dried cantaloupe, and dried fruit and nuts – most of these can be combined together into a custom trail mix blend for everyone to snack on throughout the day… yum! Oh and don’t forget the popcorn!
Cherries and berries and fruit, oh my!
For mid-meal snacking, try a variety of fresh summer produce—especially fruit, but also snack-able raw veggies. It’s nice for filling up that gaping hole during the day if you don’t like that full, heavy feeling that comes from chips and dips and other similar snacks.
- For indulgent sweet treats, take along some home made brownies pre cut into round circles and these will be the base for a delicious treat. You’ll need the brownie circles, waffle style cookies about the same size as your brownies, toasted marshmallows, and a jar of nutela….You might need to help the kids toast the marshmallows, then let everyone assemble their own little stack of indulgence, yum..
Drinks for day..
The coffee addict knows from experience that coffee shops are just not on the radar in most camping spots aka boonies. In lieu of a caffeine withdrawal headache, why not stock your cooler with pre-made iced coffees, which taste a lot like frappuccinos without the artificial flavors and preservatives. Mix espresso (or strong coffee) with milk and sugar to taste, and add a little vanilla or chocolate syrup if you like it mocha style. Pack in a mason jar in the cooler, and enjoy by the campfire early morning right after the sun comes up. Also: smoothies pack well in the cooler, too. Just add a splash of lemon juice to keep things fresh.
*****OMG – drinks for night… How about an aperitif after the kids have conked out, just to help you sleep of course! Here’s a few recipes below you might like to try as part of your Glamtails experience.. or even just Baileys over toasty marshmallows?
“The Pina Colacaravan”
Ingredients: 2 oz pineapple juice, 2 oz light rum, 1 1/2 oz coconut cream, pineapple wedge for garnish, maraschino cherry for garnish.
Make it like this:
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Pour into a chilled cocktail or collins glass. Garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry. Try a glass of our Colacaravan before climbing into your glamp tent, caravan or campervan.
“The Portalooloo Wallbanger”
Ingredients: 3/4 oz vodka, 1 1/2 oz orange juice, 1/4 oz Galliano, orange slice for garnish, maraschino cherry for garnish
Make it like this:
Pour the vodka and orange juice into a collins glass with ice cubes. Add the Galliano. Garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry. Ideal for those private moments..
“The Bloody Muddy Mary”
Ingredients: 3 oz tomato juice, 1 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, ground pepper, hot pepper sauce to taste, celery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnish, lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
Make it like this:
Build the liquid ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes. Mix well. Add the seasonings to taste. Garnish with the lemon and/or lime wedge and celery stalk. Perfect for muddy days..
SO glamping is well within your reach, just a few additions to the packing and a whole new experience is yours!