Going glamping? The must-have packing guide

By Elizabeth Young

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.

Get outdoors and explore when you book a glamping getaway like this tree house in Georgia.

Clothing

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!

Coalatree pants

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.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail could be made so much more comfortable with these Salomon hiking shoes.

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.

When you have a jacket like this, any outdoor adventure is there for the taking.
Photo sourced from REI.

Toiletries

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.

Lush bars

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.

Eco-friendly and compact? This natural soap is a no-brainer.
Photo sourced from Amazon.

Kiehl's sunscreen

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.

Protecting your skin from sun should be your first priority, and Kiehl's makes it easy!
Photo sourced from Temptalia.

Gadgets

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.

BivyStick

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.

Larq Bottle

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!

Everyone is sure to stay refreshed and hydrated when you bring your TOURIT cooler along.
Photo sourced from Amazon.

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!

Forget about the bug bites and relax with your loved ones in the great outdoors!
Photo sourced from Amazon.

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.

Thoughtful gifts for him, her, and Fido

By Elizabeth Young

You may see this and think, "Great, another shopping list for the holidays. What's new?" Well, actually, a lot! This list isn't just a list of random items that could be used by anyone, but rather a curated list of our favorite travel gadgets that we actually used in 2018. Each item on this list has been tried and tested by our Glamping Hub employees, and we're sharing them with you because they've truly changed how we travel.

For Him

Skyroam's Solis Portable Hot Spot

Charge your gadgets on the go, and get easy, global Wi-Fi.
Photo sourced from Skyroam.

Skyroam Solis is the company's newest model and one of the most powerful, global Wi-Fi hot spots on the market. With super fast 4G LTE coverage in over 130 countries, over 16 hours of battery life, and charging connections for up to five devices, this handy machine makes traveling and staying connected easier than ever before.

Flask Flashlight

Perfect for the guy who loves to camp—and relax at the end of the day with a drink.
Photo Sourced from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Probably two items that you never occurred to you to combine: a flask and a flashlight. With improvements in technology, the big batteries are not needed for flashlights anymore, which for the most part are now all LED.

Thus, the founders of VSSL decided to put all that extra space to use, and one of their feats of engineering is this flashlight and flask combination. It can carry 10 ounces of your favorite drink and comes with two stainless steel, collapsible shot glasses, and a bottle opener (apart from the flashlight).

Bear Grylls' Ultimate Survival Kit

This is the gift you hope you never need, but are always glad to have.
Photo Sourced from Gerber Gear.

This compact and portable survival kit has everything you would need in an emergency situation in the outdoors. With 16 pieces, ranging from a hand saw and survival blanket to fishing and sewing kits, Gerber Gear and Bear Grylls have thought of everything you might need. It even comes with a "Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide" for potentially dangerous or tricky situations.

For Her

Waxed Canvas Backpack

Stylish and practical, this is the perfect weekend getaway bag for her.
Photo sourced from Etsy.

Kovereduk's Lundy backpack combines fashion and function for an overall great weekend bag for her. The brown leather bag is durable, and each one is unique, as it is made with reclaimed leather. With two large, hold-all compartments, a front pocket, and an interior zip pocket, the backpack can easily fit a laptop and clothes for a weekend away.

Carry On Cocktail Kits

Compact and easy to bring along, these in-flight cocktail kits make it easy to relax once you reach cruising altitude.
Photo sourced from Amazon.

Carry On Cocktails are the brainchild of W&P and have us asking, "How did no one think of this sooner?!" Whether you hate flying and need to relax or simply want to get your vacation started early, these in-flight cocktail kits are compact and easy to bring in your carry-on. The company offers drinks ranging from a Moscow Mule to a Champagne Cocktail—all of which make great stocking stuffers for the over-21 crowd.

Sand-Free Beach Towels

Add some style and luxury to your next beach trip with this sand-proof beach towel.
Photo sourced from Tesalate.

These beach towels will change the way you relax and get your tan on forever. Made from Tesalate's exclusive AbsorbLite fabric, sand won't stick to these towels, even when wet! Compact, quick drying, and with more than 20 patterns to pick from, these towels are a no-brainer gift for someone who loves to be at the beach.

For Fido

I have to say from experience, traveling with a dog is tricky. Even more difficult is finding a pet-friendly rental where you can stay and really feel like your dog is welcome—especially if you're glamping and going to be outdoors all day.

These are some of my favorite pet products for traveling, one for fun and two of which really make it easy to keep your vacation rental clean while there with your pup.

Paw Plunger

Portable and easy to use, this Paw Plunger is a no-brainer
Photo Sourced from The Grommet.

The first product is called the Paw Plunger, which quickly and easily cleans your dog's paws. It's perfect for removing any traces of that muddy mountain hike you wanted to take before letting the dog back inside the rental. Fill the container with warm water, and watch as one-by-one your dogs paws are cleaned gently by the bristles inside—truly a lifesaver.

Portable Dog Bath

This handy dog-shower makes staying anywhere with Fido a breeze.
Photo Sourced from Amazon.

If your dog hates being bathed like ours do, this item will be a life-saver. You will be so thankful you bought this for your pup after a walk through the woods, where the dog found a nice puddle to roll around in and you don't want to let them back inside the vacation rental.

This Bissell portable dog bath is perfect for when you're in someone else's home and want to keep the dog clean. It cleans from the skin up, with specially designed nozzles that go beneath the fur, and it also uses only 48 ounces of water and no-rinse shampoo to keep your pup clean from head to tail.

Note to dog-owners whose pups are afraid of vacuums: You may want to introduce this slowly, as it does make a quiet, vacuum-like noise. The product comes with training instructions if this is the case for your dog.

Outward Hound's Dog Puzzles

Now your pup can play Twister, too!
Photo sourced from Outward Hound.

I originally saw these toys first on Instagram and honestly thought they looked a little unnecessary. Either it would be too complicated, or it would be destroyed by my dog in a few hours. After seeing my pup in action with one, however, my mind was quickly changed. These things are great!

With multiple training levels and different challenges, these puzzles help train your dog to learn sequential steps—challenging them while teaching them problem-solving skills. Did you ever think your dog would learn how to problem-solve? Maybe they will in 2019!


Feeling inspired to take a trip with your new gadgets? Head to Glamping Hub for where to stay or check out our staff's holiday wish list here!

Best travel gadgets to buy on Cyber Monday 2018

By Elizabeth Young

There are lots of ways to travel—and lots of ways to make travel easier. From portable Wi-Fi devices to mini speakers, fancy backpacks to awesome drones...the tech world is constantly evolving to meet our travel needs, even fulfilling needs we didn't know we had.

For those of you who have had your eyes on certain travel gadgets that were maybe a little out of your price range, such as expensive cameras and drones, clothing, and other equipment, Cyber Monday deals are where you can shine. Take a look at some of the deals we've found below!

Tech deals

Best Buy always has huge Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and it's a great place to go for big-ticket items. If you get anxious leaving your home empty while you travel, check out this Samsung ADT Home Security Starter Kit. Now you can leave your home safe and protected and get outside and capture some truly amazing experiences with your new drone or camera!

This "smart home" starter kit makes home security a breeze (on sale, $151.99).
Photo Sourced from Best Buy.

Other cool buys from Best Buy this year include smart watches, drones, and GoPro cameras. This Garmin smartwatch was $549 and will be on sale for $399.

Photo Sourced from Best Buy.

Get some air and capture some amazing images while you travel with this Ryze Tech Tello Boost Combo Quadcopter!

Take professional quality aerial shots with this drone (marked down to $99.99).
Photo Sourced from Best Buy.

Not in the market for a drone? Best Buy has other great items that may interest you, like the GoPro line of cameras. On Cyber Monday, Best Buy will have GoPro cameras on sale, ranging from $249 to $599 and with a savings of up to $200.

Get this GoPro Hero5 4k Action Camera for just $249.99 on Cyber Monday!
Photo Sourced from Best Buy.

Apparel and accessories

Other interesting items this holiday season include Sauvs Outdoor Shoes. From November 23-26, you will get $20 off your first pair, $25 off each pair when buying two, and $30 off each pair when buying three.

Made of premium 3D knitting technology, Suavs Shoes are light, breathable, and sweat-wicking—they were even designed to prevent blistering and are perfect for the outdoors lover on your gift list!
Photo Sourced from Suavs Shoes.

Timbuk2 is having a great sale on backpacks, with different models for every need. Their products range from messenger bags to backpacks and totes, with a range of models and colors. For those weekend hiking trips, these could really come in handy.

Their Armory Laptop Backback is on sale for $76 from $109.
Photo Sourced from Timbuk2.
The Blink Backpack is water resistant and expandable, on sale from $119 to $71!
Photo Sourced from Timbuk2.
The Rift Backpack is lightweight and converts into a tote bag—on sale for $53!
Photo Sourced from Timbuk2.

Travel must-haves

Handy items to have with you while traveling include the Scrubba Wash Bag, this awesome goTenna Mesh hotspot, a Bose portable speaker, and this ingenious Grayl purifying water bottle.

This Scrubba Wash Bag is perfect for backpackers and travelers who are on the go and won't always have access to a laundromat. Complete with a flexible washboard, the compact, lightweight wash bag will save both time and money.

The Scrubba Wash collection takes care of all your travel laundry needs, with savings of up to 65% on Cyber Monday!
Photo Sourced from Scrubba.

Tired of worrying about cell service and Wi-Fi when you're traveling. This goTenna Mesh hotspot lets you send texts and GPS locations without needing service.

goTenna is offering 20% off the $199 Mesh with the code COMETOGETHER.
Photo Sourced from goTenna.

Grayl's purifying water bottle has an ingenious design and is definitely a necessity for those traveling in less developed areas. Where global travel and adventure meet preparation, these water bottles purify and filter water with one click—and without using UV bulbs or chemicals. While they are not advertising a Cyber Monday offer right now, they will ship these Ultralight Purifiers for free!

Purified water in one click! These water bottles make it easy to travel.
Photo Sourced from Grayl.

And for a little entertainment while on the road, these Bose speakers are portable and the perfect size for traveling. Get yours on Cyber Monday for $109.95, marked down from $130.

These portable speakers are perfect for adding a little bit of color and sound to your outdoor adventures!
Photo Sourced from Bose.

Experiences

For those who are looking for experiences rather than things, REI is offering classes and events for up to 30% off with the promo code OUTSIDE30. Events must be booked between November 24 and December 2, and they range from day climbing adventures or overnight biking trips to brewery pint nights and GoPro photography courses.

Get outside and explore with REI!

P.S. Target has yet to release any concrete Cyber Monday deals, but you should know ahead of time that they are offering free, two-day shipping on all orders, with no minimum!


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