Even though summer is officially over, autumn brings a bright splash of colour, cooler evenings and the perfect opportunity for some mid-season glamping.
Written by Claire Spencer
So what is glamping? It’s just like camping with a splash of indulgence and style mixed in for good measure. We’ve scoured the world for the perfect additions to your getaway, so before you head out for a weekend in the wilderness check out these glamping must-haves.
1. The luxury abode
Ditch the old four man tent in lieu of some hard-core luxury with this beautifully architectural and spacious tent. Marrying together the traditional design of a Tibetan Yurt for the added height and apex of a Tepee, the Lotus Belle Tent is your home away from home.
2. Sleep like a King, Queen or any other royalty
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a newbie to the glamping world, one thing’s for sure, a good night’s sleep can make all the difference. You’ll need a super comfy mattress, so it’s good to know that the the REI team has this covered. With a hand pump, insulated top quilt and fitted mattress pad and you’ll be sleeping snugly on your trip.
3. Suds not mud
Let’s face it; there’s nothing luxurious about washing out of a bucket for a few days, so Ozark created the two room shower tent. It’s easy to set up and provides a separate area for changing and keeping your clothes dry. Add to this a portable solar shower bag, and you’ll be gleaming all weekend!
4. Gotta see a man about a dog
Unquestionably, the biggest barrier to a full glamping experience is the dreaded walk into the forest with a shovel. While it’s unavoidable, it can be less “rustic” with the addition of a camping toilet.
5. Yes, but coffee first
Possibly the single most important ingredient to catapult your camping experience from blah to hazah is a portable coffee maker. This nifty little gadget will set your happiness radar to high; it’s light, relatively inexpensive at $50 and is really easy to use.
6. Food glorious food
Cooking up a storm and staying toasty is high on the happy- glampers list. Thankfully, Homecamp has created the Frontier Plus, an amazingly portable and multipurpose stove. A rustic addition to any campsite or tent, this cooker/wood burning stove is perfect for an evening under the stars.
7. I’ll drink to that
What’s better than a warm drink on a cold night? A warm drink on a cold night with light! The VSS Flask light combines great design and functionality. With a 40 hour flashlight and built- in flask to hold your beverage, its multifunction design is sure to be a big hit around the campfire.
8. Dance like no-one’s watching
No weekend away is complete without some tunes and a sing-song around the campfire. The Fugoo Sport is a shockproof, waterproof, mud proof and snow proof Bluetooth speaker with 40-hour battery capability, designed to set your night on fire, (not literally, but you get the idea!)
9. You light up my life
All of these glamorous must-haves are frankly useless if you can’t see a thing, so we’ve found some serious additions to light up your site. The BioLite power bundle runs on a 3-in-1 power bank, charged by an 18650 battery (the same battery to power the Tesla model S), allowing you to distribute power amongst devices such as a torch, lantern or hanging lights. The bundle has a 72-hour battery life and is USB rechargeable, making you the light of any party!
Now you’ve got all the accessories for a seriously luxurious weekend, all you need are a few handy tips to keep your home safe while you’re away.
Three quick tips before you go
- Turn off all your appliances at the wall as standby power can account for 6% of your household energy bill.
- To reduce your usage and for safety reasons, it’s best to turn your electricity, gas and water off at the mains or meter.
- Draw curtains, lock windows, gates and doors for security.
More about the author
Claire has been with Origin for 11 years and working in Digital for 20 years. A self-confessed lover of food, travel, tech and all things mindful, she also runs the Lojong Meditation school with her husband Tamkey, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk. Together they have a 5 year old son and are living in their eco-dream-home just outside of Daylesford.