What even is glamping, anyway?
You mean you don’t know? Where have you been! It’s bigger and better than ever, so exciting and going from strength to strength. The name derives from a combination of camping and glamourous, but nowadays it’s so much more than that, the more luxury examples offering all you would expect from a holiday cottage and more, including heating, proper (comfy) beds, en suite facilities, hot tubs, wood-burners and fully-equipped kitchens. Check out this article we made earlier for a full lowdown.
The history of glamping
The term glamping may have been around for a little while now but it actually dates further back than you would think – all the way to the 1100s! Mongolian tribes used yurts (or gurs) – under the rule of Genghis Khan – as temporary living accommodation as they moved around from place to place. Modern yurts are based on these historic structures, and some Mongolians still choose to live in them to this day!
Shepherd’s Huts are one of the most popular types of glamping accommodation today, and they date as far back as the 15th Century. Of course, they were originally used as shelter by shepherds whilst they were watching their flocks of sheep and were very basic – the modern versions couldn’t be further from their distant relatives, and are more like little cottages on wheels!
The next important date in glamping history is the 1900s, when rich Europeans and Americans wanted to experience Africa without leaving the luxuries at home. The answer to this was safari tents, adorned with luxury (sometimes antique) furnishings and proper beds. This concept caught on and led to the creating of more luxury style camping – i.e. at festivals and outdoor events etc – and the rest is history!
Types of glamping
Nowadays there are so many different types of glamping accommodation – from canvas to solid structures, from shepherd’s huts to cabins and from on wheels to on the water – that it can be really confusing. The bottom line is that, whatever shape or size, modern glamp-sites provide a comfortable holiday in unique spaces. The comfort in wild and en suite is Classic Glamping’s motto – check out the fabulous article that they have put together on the different types of glamping accommodation to fill you in on this topic.
Where to go glamping
Our good friends at aforementioned Classic Glamping have a whole collection of amazing spaces to make you say ‘WOW’:
Glamping sites UK
Glamping in Cornwall
Glamping in Devon
Glamping in Somerset
Glamping in Dorset
Glamping in the Isle of Wight
Glamping with a hot tub
Sea view glamping
Dog friendly glamping
What to take glamping
All glamp-sites vary in what they provide, so it’s best to check with your accommodation provider before you head off on holiday, or even before you book if it’s really important to you. Classic Glamping – who we have blossomed from – have a ‘Minimum Inventory’ that they ask all of their owners to provide, so guests know exactly what to (and what not to) take along with them*:
|Accessories||No.||Pots and Pans||No||Per Bed|
|Condiment set (2 pieces)||1|
|Egg cup||1pp||Frying pan||1||1 mattress protector|
|Mixing bowls or basins||2||2 pillows per person + protectors|
|Ice cube tray||1||Household Items|
|Measuring jug - 1 pint||1|
|Salad bowl & servers||1|
|Milk jug - small||Saucepan & lid - large||1||Bin liners|
|Tea caddy||1||Saucepan & lid - small||1||Bucket|
|Water jug||1||Bottle opener||1|
|Chopping board||1||Disposal bags|
|Coffee pot/cafetiere||1||Garlic press||1|
|Kettle - electric or stove||1||Grater||Dustpan & brush|
|Toaster - electric or grill||Floor cloth/Mop|
|Flower vases x 1|
|Crockery||Potato peeler||1||General purpose cleaner|
|Cereal/soup bowl||1pp||Hand soap/dispenser|
|Plate - large||1pp||Tin opener||1||Keys - Full Set x 2|
|Utensil set: fish slice,||1|
|Oven gloves (2 pairs)|
|& slotted spoon||Pot scourer/dish mop|
|Fork||2pp||Wooden spoon||2||Refuse container - covered|
|Knife||2pp||Spare light bulbs|
|Spoon||2pp||Miscellaneous||Tea-towels x 2|
|Fire blanket||1||Toilet cleaner|
|Tea-spoon||2pp||Fire extinguisher||1||Torch (& batteries)|
|Carbon Monoxide Tester||Washing up bowl|
|Tumbler||1pp||Cottage Information Folder||Washing up liquid|
|Wine glass||1pp||WC paper - 2 rolls per WC|
|For Open Fires|
|Kitchen Knives||Ash container||Recommended Items :|
|Bread knife||1||Coal scuttle/Log basket||Cling film/kitchen foil|
|Vegetable knife - small||1||Fire irons||Heated towel rail|
|Safety matches/lighter||Kitchen roll|
|Bathroom||Non-slip bath/shower mat|
|Towels and Hand-towels|
|Lavatory brush & container|
*Some items are crossed through as some glamping structures have more storage than others, and so these are optional bits and bobs that the owner may wish to provide if there is space to do so.
What to wear glamping
Of course, this all depends on what time of year you are going on holiday.
In the warmer months you will need:
– Swimwear (especially if there’s a hot tub or you’re near the beach)
– Sun cream (the UK sun can be strong!)
– Summer clothes (shorts, t-shirts, flip flops)
– Sunglasses and a sun hat (for sitting out with a good book)
And in the cooler months:
– Woolly hat, scarf and gloves (because the outdoors is just as fun in winter)
– Wellies (puddle jumping, anyone?)
– Walking boots (go out and explore!)
What to cook when glamping
For starters, campfire s’mores are a must! Most glamp-sites have either a fire-pit or a wood-burner (or both!) so you can fill your boots. Other than novelties such as that, you will find that you can pretty much cook what you like – as if you were at home – as modern glamp-sites have well-equipped kitchens, including cooking facilities. If you want to try something more fun, why not try one of these yummy ‘camping’ recipes.
The fun begins as soon as you decide to go away – but where to stay and what to do whilst you are there!? From ideas of how to choose where to go and who to take, to nature scavenger hunts, constellation counting and dog-friendly fun, we’ve taken the monotony out of trawling search lists by building a curated collection of super fun activities.
What are you waiting for? Go forth and glamp!