Your Guide to Glamping
Photo By: MONICA BENNETT ©2013
Photo By: Eric Hernandez ©2012 Eric Hernandez/LOOK Photography
Luxury Behind Tent Walls
Not Camping, It's Glamping
"With the help of simple lighting kits, just about anything can be turned into a chic chandelier," he says. "I also love adding vintage finds like antique rugs usually found in more formal settings; placed in a primitive cabin, they evolve the space into a rustic, yet glamorous abode." This brass bed was found at a junk shop for $50. But don't skimp on quality sheets; being comfortable when you sleep is important to feeling glamorous.
Make Yourself at Home
Add mood lighting to your outdoor environment like these paper lanterns with mini LED lights, or try Mason jars with glass beads for a beautiful after-dark glow.
What won’t Hanna leave home without? "That’s easy," she says. "No drink station is complete without a muddler and cocktail shaker."
Or if you’re a beer lover, why not try Pat's Backcountry Beer. Mix one tiny gel packet with fizzy water and you’ve got a tasty brew sans glass or cans.
Everything and the Kitchen Sink
Willis’s must-haves include a cast-iron skillet, a good chef’s knife, a metal spoon and a wine opener. For cooking, it's also important to have a good all-purpose oil, like canola.
"Sea salt and a peppermill are the minimum requirements for seasoning, but if you have the ability to pack a few more essentials, you will be thankful," advises Willis. "Fresh garlic and lemons can really make flavors pop."
"Paper plates and plastic utensils are not environmentally friendly and certainly not very glam," says Willis. "I suggest packing the real deal or biodegradable plates made from fallen palm leaves."
To achieve a spread like this, take along the outdoor cooking app from Curious.com or take Sunset’s online outdoor cooking class. We’re also pretty jazzed about Cuisinart’s Alfrescamore outdoor pizza oven.
A Yurt in The Woods
Adding accouterments like a picnic table and fireside seating can be accomplished by a few mornings hitting garage sales or late night prowling on Craigslist. An old oil drum salvaged from the local junkyard becomes a fire pit. Treat outdoor items with protectant, but don’t stress about items that will inevitably be exposed to the elements.
Not Your Grandparent's KOA
Try bringing eco-friendly Enviro-Logs for any glamping adventure; they’re made from 100% recycled materials and burn cleaner than regular logs. Don’t pollute and don’t cook over chemically treated wood.
Consider the Lilies
It's The Little Touches
"When it comes to the things I bring along, I just remember that I am creating memories for my family and friends. So, I don’t skimp," said Whorton. "Some day my kids will use my iron skillet and hopefully remember the times we used it together." That said, don’t forget your family best friend.
You've Got the Power
The Incase Portable Power 5400 fits in the palm of your hand and packs enough power to charge your phone twice.
The My Charge Hub 9000 has the power to charge three devices at once and extend the life of your device an additional 40 hours.
The Jackery Leaf is made specifically for the iPhone 5 and 5s, it provides power and adds up to 110 hours to the battery.