Glamping, the glamorous version of camping, has really sparked people’s interest over the last few years in part thanks to Pinterest and other social media platforms. Glamping takes the idea of camping, throws all the old rules right out the window and celebrates the idea of extreme comfort in nature.
The problem is that most of those glamping photos on Pinterest and elsewhere are nearly impossible to emulate. They use expensive gear and don’t tell you anything about the gear or where to get it. Well, we’re hear to help. Want to do some glamping of your own? Here is a thorough list of luxury camping gear, what each item is used for, our recommendations and even a few items for those of you who want to go all out!
Luxurious and Spacious Shelters
The Sibley Bell Tent is a tent that I seriously want to get my hands on, I don’t have one myself (yet) but this tent looks to be the perfect glamper. The tent can fit 2 queen size beds and is entirely waterproof. It has four roll down windows with mesh screens to keep the bugs out. And the coolest feature is that the sides roll up to allow the warm summer breeze to flow through your tent on nice days. The tent is a bit on the pricy side coming in between $700-$800 at most retailers.
The Ozark Trail 3 Room Cabin Tent is a beast of a tent. Each room is big enough to fit in a queen size beed with room for gear. If you are really looking for the luxury glamping experience, using one room for sleeping, one for storage and the other for whatever your hear desires is the perfect pampered camping solution. The entry has a large awning the size of a room, there are 7 windows and best of all, the tent sets up in under 2 minutes.
Imagine enjoying a night out under the stars and enjoying the nature around you! With the Clear Inflatable Bubble Tent you can do just that without the fear of bugs or weather! This tent offers a unique one of a kind camping experience. Comes with a blower for inflating and big enough for a whole family (or for you to bring all your luxury goodies).
A screened porch is a must for any self respecting glamper. Even with a fantastic tent, you’ll want an area where you can eat and lounge while being protected from the sun & bugs. The Tailgaterz Magnetic Screen House is big enough to fit a picnic table, camping chairs and even store your food, grill and other camping items.
Luxury Sleeping Arrangements
Priced at only $180, The Coleman Queen Airbed Cot is about as nice of a bed as you can get for your money. Rather than having your air mattress on the ground, the Coleman keeps you off the ground (just like at home) and allows for storage under your air mattress. It also includes two side tables as well as a battery powered pump to inflate the mattress.
The Teton Mammoth Queen Sized Sleeping Bag is your perfect luxury sleeping bag. This bag is flannel lined and completely unzips on the top and bottom. It measures a huge 5′ x 8′ and even has a mummy style top with a draw string. Get cozy with you companion or simply sprawl out, either way, this bag is a win!
If you want to add even more comfort to your air mattress, this Air Mattress Foam Topper from Lightspeed Outdoors will add that touch. This 1/2″ pad is made specifically for air mattresses and has fitted corners to stay put all night long.
Luxury Camp Cooking
After shelter and bedding, cooking is one of the most important aspects of camping. A great cooking setup with great food will make any glamper feel like wilderness royalty.
An enamel table set is exactly what every glamper needs to feel elegant while eating in the outdoors. This double coated Enamel Camping Table Set from Stansport includes 4 cups, bowels, plates, forks, spoons and knives.
Ever wish you had a way to bake a nice hot dish, some brownies or even muffins while out in the great outdoors? While you could create a primitive camping oven, the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven is too perfect to pass up. This oven sports two oven racks, to top stove burners, a maximum temperature of 400 degrees and can run on high heat for 5 hours with one pound of propane.
The Grub Hub Camp Kitchen is my favorite camp kitchen. It has everything you could think of and more all in a compact folding kitchen that can be rolled into camp. The Grub Hub goes from a compact suitcase style package with wheels and a handle into a full blown kitchen with shelving, a sink, extra counter space, eating space and storage for everything, even your food.
You can find many camping cook sets, most are light weight or cheap, neither of which are ideal for a luxury camping trip. If you want the best quality possible, this high quality Cast Iron Cook Set from Lodge is the way to go. The set includes a dutch oven, one skillet, interchangable lid, serving board and cleaning supplies.
The Coleman 3 Burner Camp Stove is great for cooking all your camping food and to use along with the grub hub, your cast iron pans and is even a great companion to the Camp Chef oven. This 3 burner stove is big enough to cook for any size camping group.
You may have seen my posts on the Coleman Xtreme Cooler here on Beyond The Tent before. I’ve put them up against the famed Yeti, and while the Yeti did defeat the Coleman Xtreme, it was actually a pretty close race. Now compare the Coleman’s much lower price tag vs. the Yeti’s $400+ and it’s a no brainer. Keep your food nice and fresh for up to 5 days with this huge 100qt cooler.
You may not realize this, but pie iron’s are one of the most versatile cooking tools for camping. With a pie iron you can make almost any meal from Pie Iron Calzones to Philly Cheese Steaks. Personally, I love the double pie irons from Rome since I can make bigger items in their double size.
Staying Clean While Camping In Luxury
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to be dirty, especially when you are glamping! No self respecting glamper would skip taking a shower or even a cold shower for that matter.
The Eccotemp L5 Portable Water Heater and Outdoor Shower is the perfect way to make sure you stay clean and comfortable. This portable water heater is tankless and delivers an impressive 1.4 gallons per minute. The Eccotemp Water Heater attaches to a hose and an propane tank and uses 1 D battery for ignition. Water is heated 35 degrees above it’s temperature, so assuming most hose water is roughly 55 degrees, that means you will enjoy a nice 90 degree water temperature for your shower.
Now that you have a shower, you surely don’t want to be cleaning yourself in front of everyone! You’ll need a Portable Privacy Tent. This privacy tent will allow you to take your warm showers in privacy (without any peeping Toms!).
If you really want to pamper yourself, the Ozark Trail Shower Changing Tent adds in a changing room so you can dry off and change in a dry separate room.
I’m sure you glampers will likely be bringing your own shampoo and conditioner, but if you want a great multi-purpose cleaner, Campsuds is exactly what you need. This biodegradable soap is a gentle general purpose soap that can be used for dishes, laundry, body and even hair (even my wife has used it and been happy!).
After your shower, you’re gonna need a towel. Now, any towel will do, but you may find yourself lacking in packing space in your car or pack with all of your luxury camping items. The WIMI Microfiber Sports Towel is the perfect towel to take camping. It packs incredibly small yet measures 32″ x 60″ and is incredibly absorbent (it can actually absorb 4x it’s weight in water). Whether camping or glamping, this towel is the perfect towel for your trip.
If you are staying at a campsite with a nice and clean bathroom, a portable potty is not a necessity. But if you are camping away from any restrooms you’ll have the choice of either doing your business in the woods or brining your own REI’s Portable Environmental Toilete. Used along with a shower privacy tent and you’ll have a great private bathroom.
Luxury Camping Furniture
Everyone probably has a couple of folding camping chairs, but if you are really going for the luxury / glamping experience, you are going to need some fun camping furniture.
Want a sofa to enjoy your evenings camping? With the Intex Pull Out Inflatable Sofa you not only get a comfy sofa but a pull out bed to lay on and watch the stars or use as an extra bed for friends / family.
Personally, I love a nice daybed to lounge on while reading a book, looking at the stars or even taking an afternoon nap. The Intex Inflatable Daybed is perfect for your camping trip or any place you may want to lounge around.
Everyone needs a good folding camping chair to sit around the evening fire, why not do it with a bit more style? This Sport-Brella Recliner Chair is the perfect camping chair to lean back in, get out of the sun and even store your snacks and beverages.
While camping, you are going to need a nice table to sit around and eat, play games and more. This folding camping table with umbrella from stansport is perfect for any camping trip, from luxury to normal family camping. The table folds up and fits easily in any car while still giving a nice table space of 33″ x 25″.
What is luxury camping without a few accessories to make your trip more comfy and enjoyable?
With these led camping lights you can add a bit of style and ambient light to your campsite. Decorative lights add the perfect amount of light for an enjoyable evening spent in the outdoors.
No matter what type of camping you are doing, you are definitely going to want to bring along a hammock. The Double Hammock from ENO (availabe at REI) will give you a great place to relax in the sun, read a book and even take a nap.
Sometimes having a real fire is impossible or just impractical. This is when a propane fire pit (REI) can be the perfect answer. You get the ambience of a fire without having to find / purchase wood and without having your clothes end up with that smokey smell.
Any time you are camping in a tent, you need to be prepared for hot nights and days and have a good night/evening light source. This deluxe camping LED lantern and fan combo is the perfect solution. The lantern can hang from your tent ceiling to provide illuminating light throughout your tent while blowing a cool breeze during the night.
A waterproof phone case is another item that I recommend to any campers whether they are roughing it in the bush or glamping it up in a fancy park. You never know when rain will strike when in nature, so it is always good to have your phone protected.
If you plan on brining your phone, tablet, gps or any other device along with you on your camping trip, you’ll need the ability to charge those devices. Many campsites may even offer electricity, but if they don’t or if you need power when out on a trail, the Sunjack Solar Charger is my favorite portable solar charger. You can read my full review here.
I love camping in cooler weather, but sometimes the nights can get a little too cold. If you don’t want to stay bundled up in your sleeping bag, brining a propane heater could be a great way to heat up your tent. This Mr. Heater Portable Propane Heater (BobWards.com) is perfect for camping. It features a low oxygen automatic shut off, a tip over auto shut off and can heat up to 400 square feet.
While tunes aren’t a must when enjoying nature, they can definitely be a welcome addition when camping in luxury. The Bose Bluetooth Portable Speaker is my choice for the best sound and durability. If you have ever heard Bose speakers, you’ll know why.
Camping Games & Activities
Every camping trip needs some fun activities and games. From simple card/board games to croquet, ring toss and more.
So, the idea of slacklining may not get you very excited, but hear me out. What better time to goof around and have fun while strengthening your core muscles. All you need are a couple of trees and a little adventurous spirit to enjoy a little slacklining. It also packs away nice and small and can be a fun afternoon activity for any camper.
How do you explain brining a 120″ movie screen camping? You can’t. But this is GLAMPING, so why not?! The Visual Apex 120″ Projector Screen is the highest and most reviewed portable projector screen on Amazon, sets up in minutes and has a 16:9 ratio.
If you plan on brining the 120″ projector screen, you’re going to need a projector. At a modest $309, this Viewsonic Projector is perfect to bring on your trips without breaking the bank. It sports an HDMI out, 3200 lumens and a 20,000:1 contrast ratio.