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Glamping : outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity and access to indoor plumbing) not usually used when camping. If you are an ultralight backpacker this post isn’t going to be for you. This is for my car-campers, solar powered cabin campers, RV for a weekend campers. If you always make sure you have room for one more item, then these are your glamping essentials for your next camping trip.
Whether it is some steaks for the grill, beers for relaxing or cheese for snacking, you are going to need a solid cooler. Yeti makes some of the best coolers for outdoorsmen. It is built tough and certified Bear-Resistant. The Tundra 110 will be larger enough for just about anything you want to fit. It comes in at a massive 37.5″ x 20″ x 18.125″ at the largest point(it’s top). This cooler weighs 39 lbs empty so be prepared for some heavy lifting. With all that room and durability, it is no wonder it is a glamping essential.
Yeti coolers stand out because of the technology put into these bad boys. Yeti coolers feature their FATWALL™ design which enables impressive ice retention. Add that to their Interlock™ lid system, Coldlock™ gasket and Permafrost™ Insulation, it is no surprise that Yeti coolers reign supreme.
Most people’s biggest complaint about Yeti coolers is that they’re too expensive. Now don’t get me wrong they are pricey. But for a company founded in 2006, people are still using their first run products and they have only gotten better. Yeti offers a competitive 5 year warranty for this model so you know you are in good hands.
Is it really glamping if you don’t use an air mattress? Sleeping on the ground can be rough, no matter what kind of sleeping pad you have. If you are looking to elevate your camping trip to the next level I definitely suggest bringing in an air mattress. Just a word of advice, when setting up your air mattress do so inside of your tent or cabin. I made that mistake once and ended up putting a hole in my air mattress.
The King Koil Raised air mattress has a few features that are very useful. The first one is the internal pump. It is still a plug in pump so you will need to have a generator with you but it gives you one less item to have to worry about having packed. The second is the waterproof top. According to King Koil their top is waterproof not just water resistant like some other brands. The inflation time is relatively quick coming in around 2 and half minutes. This bed also features coil beams giving you a more firm bed feel. If you are going camping with someone who has never gone before, I highly suggest bringing an air mattress.
If you aren’t going to be cabin or RV camping, then you are going to need a tent. It is hard to go wrong with this tent by Coleman. First off, Coleman is a name brand that has been around for ages. W.C. Coleman designed a gas-powered lantern that revolutionized the industry in the 1900s. There really came into the outdoor market in the 1950s with their coolers and have been expanding ever since.
The Evanston model with with the screened in porch is a greater starter tent for someone getting into camping. A little advice, if a tent says it can fit 6 people, that does not mean comfortably. I usually subtract 25-30% off the tent’s max capacity to figure out how many the tent fits comfortably. I have used the Evanston line of tents on dozens of camp-outs over the last 15 or so years. They have held up in hurricanes, wind storms, flash floods and 110 degree heat. This particular model I like because of the screened-in porch. It is the perfect spot to leave dirty boots or hang rain jackets. Just please note that although the inside of the tent will stay dry if set up properly, the porch will not. I’ve seen it turn into a lake during really heavy storms. So if you are looking for a quick to set up weekend tent, this is one of your glamping essentials.
Speaking of Coleman and how they started with grills, you are going to need a grill for your camping trip. Don’t get me wrong, cooking over a fire is cool and a skill I have not yet mastered. But when you’re hungry, you are going to want to have a grill handy. Save the campfire for telling stories and roasting marshmallows, the grill is where your cheeseburgers will come out just right. Not to mention the versatility a grill brings in controlling temperature that a fire just doesn’t have.
This propane grill features 285 sq. in. of cooking space so you can feed the whole family all at once. There are even other cook-tops that are sold separately so you could grill vegetables, bacon or even make omelettes right on top of your grill.The grill features 3 adjustable burners so you can cook everything to perfection without worrying too much about food getting cold while it waits. Speaking of control, the grill can put anywhere between 3,250 to 20,000 BTUs so you know you can get the perfect sear for your T-Bone steak. Just make sure you bring enough propane to cook with this grill that has become a glamping essentials.
After you’ve had a nice hot meal after a long day of hiking there is nothing better than relaxing in a hammock. That is where the ENO DoubleNest really shines. The DoubleNest allows you to relax either by yourself or with another person in just a few minutes. Simply wrap some webbing around two trees, hook on the ENO wiregate carabiners and you are sitting on a cloud of calm. These hammocks can support up to 400 lbs so you know you are safe when sitting down. Every hammock comes with a convienent little carrying case that they stuff into, making it easy to throw it into your day bag. I’ve personally used this both to sleep in as well as a seat at my campsite and I have to say they are very comfortable. Sleeping does take some getting use to, as you have to set up on a diagonal so the hammock does not close up on top of you. Other than that it was one of the best nights of sleep I have ever had.
If you are looking to take your campsite to the next level you really can’t go around with having a hammock on hand.
Glamping Essentials: What else?
These are just a few of our glamping essentials that we have used. What other items come to mind for must haves for you guys? Let us know in the comments below. We haven’t talked about some of the more niche items like hiking boots, fishing poles or backpacking bags. If you would like to see those lists then let us know.