The 5 Affordable Items You Need to Go From Camping to Glamping

Now as we all get a little older, having the small comforts can feel like a huge gamechanger. It’s about the little things, right? And the same can definitely be said about camping. So how can we go from camping to glamping without taking up too much space or emptying out the wallet? Today we come to you with 5 pieces of gear we love that are affordable and make the outdoors feel a little more like home.

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Bronwyn Laurence

Published on

November 8, 2021

Now as we all get a little older, having the small comforts can feel like a huge game-changer. It’s about the little things, right? And the same can definitely be said about camping. So how can we go from camping to glamping without taking up too much space or emptying out the wallet? Today we come to you with 5 pieces of gear we love that are affordable and make the outdoors feel a little more like home.

First things first: the bedroom! Camping in the tent is often such a big part of the total ambiance of camping, but for many it also comes with a terrible night’s sleep. So our new move has been bringing along a mattress topper to sleep upon. It is an easy upgrade with little setup and maintenance. Personally we’ve been loving the memory foam one from Zermätte that rolls up into a backpack with pockets, making portability even easier!

Now as you mosey your way out of the tent in the middle of the night for the dreaded dark bathroom break or in the morning to the stovetop it can be such a darn pain putting your shoes on while half in the tent, half outside, and fully distorted. So our next favorite addition to the party is a mat outside the tent flap. Though simple, it is truly a comfort that knows no bounds. Having a dry place to put your feet between taking your shoes off and entering the tent is a luxury that you have to experience to fully understand. And the best part is that you can use any old bath mat! No need to go out and buy anything new or fancy: the one in your linen closet that got pushed to the back years ago now gets a second chance at life. Throw it in the laundry when you get home then back in the camping bin. Ba-da-bing ba-da-boom.

Now you’re out enjoying the day and all of the sudden the weather shifts. Maybe it gets unbearably hot, or perhaps the rain comes. Either way, likely your only comfortable option is to cower inside your tent or to hang out in the car, neither of which were part of the adventure’s blueprint. We all want to keep hanging with our friends and enjoying the day, danggit! Good thing there is a counter-solution that keeps the party going: enter, the waterproof sunshade. Lightweight, simple, and truly genius. Not to mention there are about a million different options online when looking for what suits you best (and matches the tent). Go get yourself one and be the life of the party once again.

Now that we have the bedroom and living room situation settled, let’s talk about ambiance. This is a luxury reserved for glamping, where the mood is intentional and welcoming, and the comfort level increases to an all-time high. First up for ambiance is our favorite item on the list as well as the cheapest: lights. There are boundless different types, but we have found that the string-up lights from Revel Gear are a fan favorite as they are 30 feet long, waterproof, are powered by any USB power source, and weigh a whopping 1.6 ounces. So they’re even perfect for backpacking! Coming in a close second is Luminaid’s solar powered lanterns. You can hang them from tree branches or place them on the ground, leaving them there all day to recharge and enjoy them again by night. And there truly is nothing like light to create ambiance through warmth and welcoming.

We do admit that the final addition to the list can seem a little extra, but if you’re a fire novice and don’t want to spend 45 minutes of your night struggling to get timber lit, this is for you. We present to you, the butane torch. Allowing the wood to start burning as soon as you want it to, letting you enjoy the company and setting instead of cursing the name of Hephaestus (the Greek god of fire… get it?!). This can cost upwards of $70 for a foolproof fire-starter but there are cheaper options available through Zippo or ACE Hardware. Prep less, s’more more.

When it’s all said and done, this whole package could cost you as little as $200. So you can spend more time focusing on your “Why” and less time worrying about the “How.” And with RVbooking.com on your side throughout the entire booking process, you can save even more time! We can’t wait to start helping you adventure.

Happy Glamping!

Bronwyn xx ❤️

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