Editor's note: This blog was written collaboratively by Amy Ahlblad and Elizabeth Young.
A glamping trip is pretty straightforward, but if you've never gone before, you might be wondering what to pack. You're not staying in a five-star hotel, but you're also not camping...What kind of things are essential to bring? This is probably the question we get the most, so here's a list of some recommended necessities to make sure you have a cool and comfortable glamping experience.
Double-check the listing, but most of our accommodations have at least a washing machine, so you don't need to worry about how you'll do laundry. It's essential to have comfortable outdoor clothes when you go glamping. While you're not sleeping on the ground, you're still going to be spending most of your day outdoors. Check out some of our favorite outdoor clothing products!
Whether you're out for a hike, or relaxing in front of the fire, you're going to want to be comfortable. We recommend bringing versatile clothing so you're ready for all adventures—big or small. You need to check out Coalatree’s Trailhead Adventure Pant. Referred to as the new front-runner of outdoor pants, these are waterproof, tear-resistant, stain-resistant, and what we love most: affordable.
NorthFace Etip™ gloves
Don't let chilly hands stop you from capturing memories on your glamping trip! These NorthFace Etip™ gloves are the perfect way to stay warm while taking pictures with your smartphone. They also work with any touchscreen products, such as tablets or Garmin GPS devices.
Salomon hiking shoes
If you frequently spend time outdoors and love hiking, good hiking shoes are definitely worth investing in. Dry, comfortable feet make all the difference as you explore outside. We love these Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX shoes, and they come highly recommended by experts in the outdoor world. With a model for both men and women, these shoes are truly waterproof, have great traction, are actually lightweight, and, above all, are super comfortable.
Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket
This jacket is a great piece of clothing to take with you on your outdoor adventures. It's compact and can be folded up into a small bag, so it's easy to fit into your suitcase. There are models for both men and women, and it's waterproof, windproof—and hey, it's even made from recycled nylon, so you get a point for sustainability! While you're picking up your new hiking shoes at REI, make sure this jacket gets into your shopping cart, too.
Good news! When you go glamping, you can bring everything and anything with you; you'll have running water, electricity, and all your standard bathroom fixtures. Can't go anywhere without your blow dryer and straightener? Fine, bring them along! Apart from the basics, like shampoo and a toothbrush, these toiletry essentials will make any glamping getaway that much easier.
Easy to pack and fun to use, these Lush shampoo and conditioner bars come with a variety of natural ingredients and fragrances. Although you will likely have an indoor shower while glamping, don't let anyone stop you from bathing in the river if that's your prerogative. We also love that they are 100% plastic-free.
Milk Makeup matcha stick cleanser
Biggest pet peeves of traveling? Leaking liquids in your toiletries bag! Thanks to Milk Makeup's matcha stick cleanser, you can keep your skin clear and cleansed without the hassle of transferring your products into tiny bottles—and then wrapping them all into individual baggies to prevent explosions. It is the perfect on the go way to take-the-day-off; simply wet your face, glide the stick all over, rub gently until suds form, and rinse. (P.S. It's TSA-approved!)
Natural soap bar
It's easy to forget that the products we use in the shower go back into the ground eventually—but they do. One new trend over the past few years has been the development of chemical-free shampoos and conditioners, soaps, and laundry products. These natural soap bars are the perfect way to make your trip a little bit more sustainable, without being an inconvenience to you.
Sunscreen is potentially the most important toiletry you'll bring with you for your glamping trip. You're not camping outside, true, but you will still be spending the majority of your day in the outdoors, and it's always good to protect your skin. There is such a range of sunscreen products, from low SPF to chemical-free. We love the Kiehl's sunscreen pictured below; it's lightweight, 50 SPF, and works for all skin types.
Traveling nowadays, there are a million and one different inventions that can make your trips easier, and glamping is no different. While you've got your basics covered—things like a stove for coffee in the mornings or a washing machine for a laundry—these gadgets were all selected to make the most of your time outdoors and new adventures.
The BivyStick turns your smartphone into a satellite messenger. Devices like this were previously used in emergency-only situations but have recently become more of an everyday item for adventurous glampers. With the BivyStick, users can send and receive text messages, share their current location, and push notifications to social media. There is also a SOS feature in case of emergency. This handy portable gadget can also be used as an external battery, should you need to charge your camera or smartphone.
Staying hydrated? A requirement. Clean water? A necessity. Plastic? Never. Reusable water bottles or bust, but we can all admit that they are hard to clean, which often leads them to get...smelly. The Larq water bottle is an innovative way to keep your bottle fresh and yourself hydrated. Thanks to a 280nm UV-C light that neutralizes up to 99.9999%* of harmful, odor-causing germs, you will have fresh clean water in about 60 seconds. There are two settings to this bottle: Normal Mode and Adventure Mode. In Adventure Mode, the LARQ Bottle has a 3x increase in UV-C dosage, making it the perfect tag along for backcountry adventures.
Waterproof insulated cooler
Going glamping means there is a touch of luxury to your outdoor experience, so why not bring along this awesome cooler to enjoy a cold beer or soda while you lounge by the lake or take a pit stop on your hike? The TOURIT Cooler can fit up to 30 cans, so you'll have plenty of beverages for everyone. It's also leakproof, waterproof, and can be carried three different ways!
ThermaCELL portable bug repeller
Our last item on the list is a must-have, especially if you want to spend more time outside. Unlike traditional bug sprays, this portable, lightweight bug repeller won't leave your skin sticky and provides full protection from bug bites. It effectively repels mosquitoes, creating a 15-foot by 15-foot zone of bug-free comfort. Added bonus? Now you don't have to worry about having bug spray chemicals on your skin!
Head over to Glamping Hub to take a look at our full inventory and get started planning your next adventure—now that you know what to pack.