Glamping on a Budget
If you're someone who hears "camping" and thinks "I love nature! I love roughing it! There's nothing like the feeling of living off the land!" then this article is not for you. Go read our hiking snack ideas
, because we're here today to talk about glamping on a budget - glamorous camping. But if you're someone who hears "camping" and thinks "getting eaten alive by bugs, waking up with a sore back, eating half-cooked hot dogs, and generally wishing you were just in a hotel," then have we got a treat for you. Glamping on a budget may be more work than renting that $650 a night yurt in the Rockies, but if you're willing to do a bit more effort in the prepping and setting up stages, the luxurious results will be more than worthwhile.
Glamping Essentials: Setting the Scene
Half the battle of creating a perfect glamping setup is creating a cozy, luxurious atmosphere. Chances are you and your camp-mates already have enough stuff around the house to make this happen without the need to buy anything new (but please don't go bringing your grandma's vintage oriental rug).
Large tents. Big enough to fit air mattresses for your group. An 8-person tent fits a queen sized mattress, so adjust accordingly for your group.
Air mattresses for all involved because only peasants sleep on the ground duh.
Sheets, plenty of blankets (including some you don't mind putting on the ground), and plenty of throw pillows. These will be used to make the beds extra luxurious and set the stage for your central hang-out area.
Camp chairs. If you have cute ones, great, but since we're talking budget glamping here, feel free to bring whatever camp chairs you have around and drape them with camp blankets and throw pillows to freshen up the look.
- Low-to-the-ground table.
Reuseable waterproof tablecloth. Doubles as a ground cover for picnics!
Solar-powered string lights and lanterns. *ambiance* Just don't make the rookie mistake of forgetting to leave them out to charge during the day.
Real plates and bowls and bamboo cutlery. Grown up stuff.
Mason jars for drinks. Red Solo Cups? Don't even.
Any trays you have around the house (plastic, wicker, or metal are best). You'll use these as spots to set drinks and snacks when you're hanging out.
Storage cubes to carry your items to the campsite and then use as side tables in the tents.
A mini grill unless you feel confident in your campfire building and cooking abilities.
Sage. Good energy only. But also a great mosquito deterrent when you throw it into the campfire.
Glamping Essentials: Non-campy Camp Food
Leave the hot dogs, soggy buns, and bags of tater chips at home. Instead, try these menus:
Campfire french toast
or grilled french toast (depending on your "roughing it" level). Set up a toppings bar with squeeze packs of nut butter, sliced fruit or berries, nuts and seeds, and maple syrup. Breakfast wraps. Don't risk bringing whole eggs - instead crack your free range eggs into a mason jar, seal it up tight and throw it in the cooler. Cook up your eggs on a cast iron skillet over the fire (yes, you can put a cast iron on the grill grates!), warm up some Siete Foods
tortillas, and top it all with sliced avocado, salsa, or whatever suits your fancy.
Campfire grilled pizza
served with grilled romaine hearts. Pre-slice all your pizza toppings before you go to simplify the process. Grilled kabobs of your choice (veggies with chicken, beef, shrimp, pineapple) served with roasted beet and kale salad. Assemble the kabobs before you go and seal in a gallon zip-top bag. Kale and beets will keep well in a cooler, and you can pre-make the dressing in a small jar before you go.
Snacks & Sweet Treats:
No-bake bourbon peach cobbler Foil packet cinnamon apples Set up a gourmet s'mores bar with the basics, plus flavored chocolates, fruit, and nut butters.
Other fun stuff to pack
- Portable hammocks
- Fun pool floats if you'll be near water
- Lawn wine glass holders like these
- Pretty citronella candles
With a little creativity and digging up some gems from around the house, glamping on a budget just might be the semi-rugged-but-not-really-that-rugged highlight of your July!