For some people, the idea of ‘proper’ camping is a little too much. There’s no shame in admitting that you’d prefer something a little more luxurious. But what happens when you want the best of both worlds? Well, you go glamping; access to the outdoors with many of the creature comforts of home. It’s a win-win situation.
But when you go glamping, your checklist will be largely different than when you go camping. For starters, you aren’t going to need your tent! That said, it very much depends on the glamping site you’re headed to. Some offer basic provisions while others require you to turn up with nothing other than your clothes and essentials. For this reason, we would strongly advise checking out what’s on offer before you travel.
But we wanted to put together the ultimate glamping checklist so you don’t leave anything behind. After all, you may find yourself in the middle of nowhere and popping out to buy a toothbrush or some shampoo may require a lengthy drive.
Getting An Idea Of What’s Included
As we have already mentioned, each glamping site will have different things. Before you go, we would recommend getting in touch with the site and asking a few key questions as this will help you to determine what you’ll need to take. You don’t want to turn up unprepared but you also don’t want to take a lot of unnecessary items. Here are some questions to think about:
Is the site pet friendly?
Do you supply bedding, towels and other linen?
Is there some sort of heating within the glamping pod or outside? Such as a log burner or fire pit, for example? If so, are logs and other fuel supplied?
Is the glamping pod powered?
Will I have access to a cooler or fridge of some sort?
Things You’ll Need To Take On A Glamping Holiday
Now that you’ve established just what to expect when you head to your chosen glamping site, it’s time to start packing. Yes, we have to reiterate that what you choose from this list will depend on your situation but as a rule of thumb, we’d recommend taking all of the following.
Toiletries And Personal Items
Some of the most important things to take on your glamping holiday are your toiletries, cosmetics, medication and other personal items. Here comes your checklist:
Tablets, inhalers and any other types of medication
Personal hygiene products: soap, shampoo, sanitary products, toothpaste, deodorant etc
Sun cream and sunglasses
First aid kit
What Clothing Should You Take When Glamping?
The clothing you take on your glamping trip will largely depend on the time of year you are travelling. But remember, this is the UK and the weather can change at a moment’s notice so it’s always worth packing a jacket in summer or a T shirt in winter!
Slippers for inside the pod. While this is a more luxurious type of camping, you’re still in nature and may have insects or things trodden in from outdoors so you’ll want to protect your feet.
Long sleeved tops and trousers for outdoor activities.
Pyjamas and loungewear. Lightweight, long sleeved items are best especially in summer when there may be a chance of insect bites.
Clothing that you can layer; t shirts, jackets, shorts, trousers, jumpers, hats, etc.
Socks for hiking
Suitable footwear for outdoor activities
Wellington boots if you are glamping where it is muddy
Waterproof jacket; a 3 in 1 jacket is an excellent choice as it covers you for almost every eventuality in terms of weather.
Some of the things we will list in this section may already be included with your glamping pod. Again, this takes us back to the importance of checking what’s available at your site.
Towels, bedding and other linen. Take fleece or thermal blankets when it’s very cold
Backpack or daypack for when you go on day trips
Reusable water bottle or flask
Travel sewing kit
Compass, whistle, Swiss army knife and other essentials for outings
Logs or other fuel for BBQs, wood burners, fire pits etc
Hot water bottle
Food And Drink
A lot of glamping pods are kitted out with cooking facilities but that isn’t always the case. If you’ve checked with your site and have discovered that you’ll need to supply your own cooking gear then here is the checklist for you.
Pots and pans
Kitchen utensils (wooden spoons, spatula, knives, tongs etc)
Washing up liquid
Sponge, scouring pad, dish cloth
You may find that there is a restaurant onsite, in which case you probably won’t want to cook for yourself. However, if there isn’t or if you like the idea of whipping up a culinary storm, then you’ll need to take some food items. What you take will depend on what meals you wish to make but for anyone going glamping, you’ll at least need these basic food items.
Tea and coffee
Seasoning, herbs, spices and condiments
Wine, beer and any other alcoholic drinks
Modern Items To Take Glamping
The joy of glamping for many people is that they don’t need to worry about leaving behind their creature comforts. This means you can still have all of your electrical devices and modern appliances. But if you want these things, you will need to make sure that your glamping pod is supplied with electricity.
Mobile phone and tablet chargers
Electric fan, especially if you’re travelling in summer
Hairdryer and other styling appliances
Lanterns or solar string lights
Let Me Entertain You!
You’ve got all of the essentials but you’re not quite done with packing just yet. If you want to make the most out of your glamping trip then it’s a good idea to pack some hobbies or entertainment items. These can help pass the time on a rainy afternoon and are ideal if you’re travelling with little ones.
Portable DVD players and DVDS
Laptop for streaming services
Pack of cards
Books and magazines
Binoculars or telescope
Nature identification books
There you have it; everything you’re going to need for a comfortable and successful glamping trip. Pick out the items that you need or, if you’re going to a very basic set up then make sure you tick off everything on this list.