As the word suggests, glamping, short for ‘glamorous camping’, is the next step up from your typical camping experience.
It combines your love of the great outdoors with a little bit of luxury. You can enjoy all the perks of a festival without any of the work involved – and no worries about setting up camp yourself!
If you’re thinking about giving glamping a go this festival season, but are a little unsure where to start, then don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with our top tips to glamping in style.
What is it?
Glamping is a portmanteau of the words "glamorous" and "camping", which refers to camping in high-end accommodations. Glamping is typically associated with festivals and other events where participants camp with amenities such as air conditioning, hot showers, comfortable beds and private toilets.
Festival Glamping has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way for festival goers to live large without having to leave their home town. Festival Glamping offers the opportunity for campers to stay at a campsite that provides all of the comforts of home while still enjoying all of the fun of being outdoors at a music festival or other event.
A major feature of glamping is obviously comfort, which may include air conditioning, bathtubs or hot tubs, flatscreen televisions (as well as DVDs/VHS players), internet access and other modern conveniences. A less obvious feature may be aesthetics; while there's no rule saying you can't throw up a sheet over your tent or pitch a tarp over your carport if you so desire (and many people do), some people prefer their tents to look like real tents instead of canvas-covered cars with beds in them.
In addition to these basic amenities found at most campgrounds across America (including showers), glampers must also provide their own food—either by purchasing it from vendors on site or bringing it along themselves—and pay for accommodations using cash or credit cards rather than coupons issued by local government agencies like FEMA .
What to take
There are a few essentials you need to pack when you're going glamping, but it's not an exhaustive list. Here is what we recommend:
1. Pack layers. You never know what the British weather is going to throw at you and although our tents have always been lovely it can sometimes get a bit chilly even in Summer.
2. Eye mask – if sunlight streaming through the canvas at dawn is going to wake you up pack an eye mask.
3. Phone charger – you’ll find a charging spot so don’t forget your phone charger.
4. Shampoo, soap and a natural sponge / towel. You’ll want to make use of the hot showers.
5. A cool box for drinks. We usually spend some time just chilling out by our tent so it’s nice to be able to have a cold drink and a snack.
6. Don’t forget your biodegradable festival glitter, you want to look the part.
7. Sunscreen – even when it’s overcast you’ll probably still need some sunscreen.
8. Waterproofs and wellies – it’s England and it’s a festival so there’s bound to be some rain.
9. A reusable travel mug so that you can send the other half off to get you’re a morning brew or you could pack a small kettle and some cups.
10. A lightweight blanket / throw. Great for wrapping round you when you’re sat watching the stars or if you need an extra layer on the bed.
Oh and lastly we'd recommend bringing a camping chair to take along to the festival !!
Where to stay
There are many options for festival glamping hire. You can stay with Tee & Toast Glamping in our cosy, gorgeously styled, boho bell tents ! Camping out at festivals is not just for the young anymore! Did you know that many festivals offer glamping accommodations? You can check out the ones we provide for on our front page. We actually have people who pick festivals on the basis of where we provide our accommodation!
Glamping means glamourous camping—it’s all about bringing together the best elements of comfort and luxury in one place. You can enjoy local foods and wines while relaxing and listening to live music from your favourite artists performing on stage nearby.
Glamping is a great way to experience a festival.
If you’re looking to experience a festival in a new way, glamping is an excellent option. It comes with all the benefits of camping—the thrill of being surrounded by nature, enjoying the natural sounds and smells, and spending time with friends or loved ones—without all the hassle that comes along with it. You don’t have to choose between carrying heavy gear on your back or having limited space inside your tent; instead, you can set up shop in a comfortable air-conditioned RV or cabin! Just because you’re switching slumming it in muddy fields to a higher standard of accommodation, doesn’t mean you won’t get to enjoy the festival – and in fact, it probably means you’ll have an even better time.
Ultimately, if you’re the kind of person who likes their home comforts, and you don’t want to sweat the small stuff, then glamping could be the ideal option when attending future festivals. You can be in the heart of the festival when you want – but veer away from the crowds when you choose to, and wind down.
If it's the music, atmosphere and time enjoyed with friends you're after, then glamping will still enable you to experience all of that.
Just because you're switching slumming it in muddy fields to a higher standard of accommodation doesn't mean you won't get to enjoy the festival - and in fact it probably means you'll have an even better time!
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to glamping. And while some may say it isn’t real camping, if you don’t fancy sleeping on the floor of a tent, then we highly recommend it as an alternative.