Matt Johnson

How to Glam Up Your Tent

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Aug 10, 2022Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Camping can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit rough. If you want to make your camping experience a little more glamorous (think glamping), here are some ways to glam up your tent.

Remember that we’re balancing comfort and style here, so feel free to mix and match these tips to fit your needs.

Don’t hold back; let your inner glamazon shine!

Also, to spruce up your glamping tent, you don’t need to go on a glamping trip. You can have an amazing glamping adventure right in your own backyard!

If you’ve never tried backyard glamping, you should definitely give it a shot.

Go big with the air mattress.

Beautiful Bed with a Comforter and Pillows Inside a Bell Tent
Get comfy with a large bed with comfortable bedding.

Of course, you’ll need a place to sleep in your glamping tent, and an air mattress is critical. If you’ve ever camped on the ground or a cot with sleeping bags, you know precisely why we say this.

But don’t just settle for any old air mattress. This is luxury camping, after all.

Go big! Get one of the larger, more comfortable mattresses on the market, like a queen size or king size mattress. You want to be able to stretch out and have plenty of room to move around in your tent. Finish off the bed with a high-end mattress topper to give it extreme comfort.

With a massive bed in your glamping tent you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect glamping getaway.

Pack a soft sleeping bag and pillow for a great night’s rest.

A good night’s sleep is key to a successful camping trip, even moreso for the perfect glamping experience. So make sure you’re cozy and comfortable with a soft sleeping bag and pillow. These are glamping essentials.

Plus, something has to go on that luxurious air mattress, and a comfortable sleeping bag is perfect.

If you’re not going to pack up the sleeping bags, then at the very least bring some comfortable bedding along.

You’ll want to make sure your sleeping bag is rated for the temperature you’ll be camping in, so do some research before you pack.

Bring the power with a generator.

What Size Generator Do I Need for my RV
Having a generator on hand when you’re camping will allow you to bring all of your creature comforts with you. No holding back!

We need to talk about power if we’re trying to glam up your tent. A generator will allow you to bring all the comforts of home with you on your camping trip, like lights, a mini-fridge, and even something to charge your gadgets.

Some say overkill, and we say glamping. We like the Honda EU2200i Generator, it’s quiet, and it can run for up to 8 hours on a full tank of gas. You can even control it with your smartphone—it’s super cool!

That is enough power to keep your luxuries going throughout the day and into the night.

And trust us, go a couple days without power, you’ll be wishing you had a generator on hand. You want to enjoy camping, no loath it.

Something to keep you cool (or warm).

You brought out the generator for a reason, so why not put it to use and get something to keep you cool (or warm) on your camping trip? A portable air conditioner or heater will ensure you’re comfortable no matter the temperature outside.

After all, sometimes the great outdoors isn’t so great.

Remember that portable air conditioners and heaters can use quite a bit of power, so check your generator’s rating before buying one. That Honda we mentioned should be good to go.

Add in the ambiance with some string lights.

Indoor Twinkle Lights
Twinkle lights give the right amount of ambient lighting.

At this point, you have almost all of your comfort items. Now it’s time to focus on the style. And when you’re designing the quintessential DIY glamping experience, you need to look good.

A few strings of lights will help set the mood and add some ambiance to your tent. Ambient lighting is a must!

Some tents have lights built in, but if you want something fun go with some color-changing LED lights. You can even find some adorable fairy lights for pretty cheap to glam it up nicely.

Your tent is your glamping oasis, so make it reflect your style.

Keep the drinks chilled with a cooler.

High End Coolers Like Yeti
Want to keep the drinks cold all weekend? Bring the Yeti along for the trip.

No glam camping trip is complete without a cooler full of cold drinks and snacks!

Grab your 65-quart Yeti Tundra and fill it with all of your favorite beverages.

If you want to get fancy, you can add a mini-fridge for your perishables – after all, you should’ve topped off the generator.

One our fancy camping trips we like to also pack away some gourmet meals in the cooler.

Put a finishing touch with an outdoor rug.

A rug or mat is an inexpensive upgrade that will make your tent feel more like home and keep you from getting cold on the ground. You can find rugs designed for camping, or just grab a colorful mat from your local store.

There are all sorts of colorful rugs designed for outdoor or indoor use. An elegant and soft rug would be the perfect final touch on your comfortable experience.

Furniture in Front of Bell Tent
A bell tent is ideal for glamping.

Now that you have all the tips to glam up your tent, it’s time to get packing for your DIY glamping experience! These are just a few of our favorite glamping ideas to spruce up your tent, tipi, or yurt for your next glamping trip.

When you want to go above and beyond the traditional camping experience such as car camping, you’ll want to give your pad a nice touch. It’ll be full of comfort, adventure, and style.

With a few simple upgrades, you can take your camping experience from roughing it to glamping it in no time.

So, what are you waiting for? Go forth and camp in style!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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