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How to Make Camping Glamping: Essential Tips & Tricks to Transform Your Tent into a Luxurious Getaway

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Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Apr 23, 2023Updated: Dec 13, 2023

You’ve heard of camping, but you’re curious about glamping’s luxuries. We get it. That’s how we got into glamping ourselves. So how do you make camping, glamping? It’s a little bit of art and science, but we’ll help you get there.

We’ll provide you with all the tips, tricks, and must-haves for the perfect glamping getaway so that you can transform your tent into an Instagram-worthy oasis. We have all the advice you need, from finding the right spot to pitch your tent and supplies to make delicious meals to adding furniture, decorations, and lighting to set the mood.

Plus, we’ll help you protect yourself from the elements with rain flies and sunshades and suggest some fun board games and tunes as entertainment options. Whether you’re looking to stay safe in the sun, whip up a gourmet dinner over the fire, or just find an outdoor lounge more luxurious than usual – join us as we explore everything there is to know about glamping.

Taking your camping to the next level.

Glamping is like camping but with a whole lot more comfort and luxury.

Think beds, electricity, and even indoor plumbing – all the creature comforts you could want. It’s also sometimes referred to as glamorous camping or luxury camping.

Glamping can take many forms; you can choose how luxurious you want to make your glamping experience. Camping is a great way to experience nature and unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but glamping takes it a step further and allows you to enjoy the outdoors in comfort and style.

Glamping is the perfect way to experience the great outdoors in style without giving up any of your creature comforts. And thanks to modern technology, glamping can now come as an RV, a tent, a cabin, or even a treehouse. You can go for a more minimalistic experience or go all out with something truly extravagant. It all depends on how you want to experience it!

With these tips and tricks, you can turn your camping trip into a luxurious glamping experience. From choosing a spot for pitching your tent to stocking up on your favorite foods to protecting yourself from the elements, you can ensure your glamping getaway is genuinely memorable.

Pitch the perfect tent.

Lotus Belle Outback Tent

The tent is the centerpiece of your luxurious getaway. Whether you’re looking for a traditional camping experience or a more luxurious glamping setup, finding the right tent is vital.

There are so many options when it comes to luxurious tents for camping, from larger tents that can sleep multiple people to smaller tents that are perfect for backyard glamping or car camping. When shopping for a new tent, remember the size of the campsite, the number of people that will be sleeping in it, and the type of environment you’ll be using it in.

Choose the perfect campsite.

Choosing the right spot for your glamping tent is essential for the perfect outdoor retreat.

After all, you’ll want to be surrounded by stunning scenery and easy access amenities like bathrooms, showers, and fire pits.

When searching for the perfect location, consider the size of the campsite, the type of environment you’ll be camping in, and the availability of nearby amenities. This holds for both glamping and traditional camping.

If you’re camping in a park or campsite, try to find an area that is away from other campers and offers plenty of space to set up your glamping tent. That’s one reason we love glamping at state parks, Corps of Engineer parks, or even boondocking. A campground in one of these places typically gives you a bit more space.

Check the area for potential hazards, such as trees and power lines. If you’re camping on public land, make sure to check the local laws to ensure that you are following the rules.

When camping on private land, you’ll want to make sure the area is clear of any debris, branches, or plants that could interfere with your glamping setup. You’ll also want to make sure the ground is leveled before setting up your tent. If you want something more permanent, you may want to consider building a wood platform deck to provide a sturdy foundation.

Set up a comfortable bed.

Setting up a comfortable bed is vital to having a luxurious getaway.

Whether you’re using a sleeping bag, an air mattress, or even a camping bedroll, it’s essential to make sure it’s comfortable enough to get a good night’s rest.

You’ll also want to make sure the bedding is soft and cozy, and you may want to add some throw pillows and blankets to make it even more luxurious. The bed is where most glampers focus their attention. Since glamping is all about comfort, this is where you’ll find it. Better get it right!

When it comes to furniture, it’s important to choose comfortable and durable pieces to withstand the elements. If you’re looking to create a more luxurious glamping setup, you may want to invest in side tables and ottomans, or These pieces can help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere inside your tent.

When it comes to decor, you can choose items that reflect your own personal style. Add colorful pillows, throws, and rugs to create an inviting atmosphere.

With the right bedding and furniture, you’ll enjoy the comforts of home wherever you go.

Make it cozy with lighting.

Edison Bulb String Lights

Lighting is one of the most essential elements of a glamping getaway, as it can help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Choosing lighting that is durable enough to withstand the elements and bright enough to keep your tent lit throughout the night is important.

Fairy lights, string lights, and solar-powered lamps are all great options for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. We personally like solar-powered lights that come in just about any form. They’re easy to set up, don’t require a power source, and they’re just bright enough for ambiance.

If you want to add extra glamour to your glamping tent, you can also consider adding oversized lanterns or chandeliers. These will not only help create a luxurious atmosphere, but they’ll also provide enough light to keep your tent well-lit throughout the night.

Add furniture and decor to give your glamping tent some pop.

To ensure you have enough seating and sleeping space, you’ll need to choose the right furniture for your glamping tent. Think of cozy beds, comfy chairs, tables, and lighting that’ll make your outdoor space feel like home. Pinewood furniture and safari-inspired interiors are popular choices, as well as camping pads, Pendleton throw blankets, glamping chairs, hammocks, solar cafe lights, camping lanterns, and side tables.

Adding fairy lights to the mix can give your glamp site a chic touch. You can transform your tent into a luxurious getaway with the right furniture and decor.

Bring in some colorful decor for your DIY glamping setup.

Glamping Decor in a Bell Tent

Adding colorful decor to your glamping setup is a great way to make it stand out and give it a more luxurious feel.

You could add some rustic charm or just want to make your campsite a little cozier; you’ll want to ensure your decor is up to par.

Start by adding area rugs and a picnic table for outdoor meals. Then, you can add things like a comfortable bed, fairy lights, string lights, and other colorful accents for an authentic glamping experience.

In addition, don’t forget to add some decorative touches like a rustic wooden sign, artsy rugs, French coffee presses, LED cacti lights, and elegant camp chairs to really give your glamping setup some flair. So, don’t forget to stock up on some colorful decor and accessories to make your glamping experience extra special.

A quick pro tip: you can find some really awesome and cheap decor at almost any dollar store. You don’t necessarily have to go broke to make camping glamping.

Prepare delicious meals.

Delicious Glamping Meal

Cooking up a delicious meal is a must-have for any glamping trip. Whether it’s a simple breakfast of omelets, a gourmet lunch of charcuterie, or an elegant dinner of filet mignon, having the right cooking gear and food can make or break your glamping experience.

To get the most out of your glamping trip, you’ll need to make sure you have the right cooking gear and food for your meals.

From a French press to gourmet meals, having the right equipment will help you make the most out of your glamping trip. Whether you’re looking for a portable stove or a Dutch oven, having the proper cooking gear can make all the difference in your glamping experience.

You’ll also want to make sure you stock up on your favorite foods so you can enjoy delicious meals during your trip. With the right cooking gear and food, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious meals during your glamping trip.

Make sure you have the right cooking gear.

Bring a Grill for Cooking

When it comes to glamping, having the right cooking gear is essential for creating a delicious meal.

From the suitable pots and pans to the right cookware sets, having the right equipment can make all the difference. When it comes to cookware, you’ll want to look for items that are lightweight, durable, and stylish.

But this goes well beyond just pots and forks; you need to have a top-of-the-line grill or firepit. We really like the Breeo Smokeless Fire Pit and the Camp Chef Apex. Both are incredible and versatile. You can cook just about anything on them.

Whichever route you choose, get something durable to last a few glamping trips.

Stock up on your favorite foods.

Stocking up on your favorite foods is essential for a luxurious getaway. After all, if you’re serious about making camping glamping, you’ll have to forget about the hotdogs and hamburgers.

However, they don’t have to be super complex, either.

From quick-cooking pasta like angel hair, orzo, and couscous, to instant grains like oatmeal, grits, and polenta, you’ll want to ensure you have all the necessary ingredients for your meals. A quick run to the grocery store is usually out of the question.

Grilled meats and veggies are always a hit, and you can even get creative with camp food like bacon, beer, and cheddar-infused mac and cheese.

For those looking for a truly gourmet meal, meal-kit services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron are great options for outdoor meals. Don’t forget to pick up the necessary ingredients to make a stunning charcuterie plate for lunch. An Opinel picnic knife, herringbone cutting board, and stemless silicone sleeve wine glasses are all essential.

With these delicious food options, you can create a truly unforgettable glamping experience.

Entertainment options.

When it comes to entertainment, board games are a great way to pass the time and have some fun. A wide range of players can enjoy them, so it’s easy to find a game that everyone can enjoy.

Not to mention, they provide a great opportunity to get the whole family involved in a fun activity.

If you don’t have any board games of your own, you can always pick up some classics like Monopoly or Clue before your trip. You can also find some more modern board games like Catan or Ticket to Ride. If you’re looking for something a little more unconventional, you can also try some card games like poker, cribbage, or even something more modern like Exploding Kittens or Cards Against Humanity.

When you’re glamping, there’s no need to leave the comfort of your tent to have some fun. You can have an enjoyable and memorable glamping experience with the right board games. Plus, board games are a great way to bond with family and friends and make some lasting memories.

Board games.

Board games are a great way to pass the time and have fun on your glamping trip. You can set up a picnic table or side tables for playing or even set up a game right on the ground. You can also bring chairs around the table so everyone can enjoy the fun.

If you have kids along, it’s a great way to keep them entertained while camping. You can choose from various classic board games like Monopoly, Clue, or Yahtzee National Parks Edition. Or you can opt for modern board games like Catan, Sushi Go!, or Bananagrams.

In addition to board games, don’t forget to pack a deck of cards. In fact, we always have cards in our RV because they’re so universal. If you’re trying to ride out the rain in your glamping tent, break out the cards and start dealing. It’ll pass the time quickly.

Whatever you choose, it’s sure to bring some fun and laughter to your glamping getaway. So don’t forget to pack your favorite board games and have a great time on your glamping trip!

Music.

Music is an essential part of any glamping experience. It can set the mood for a relaxing evening or provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening.

There are multiple ways to get the music going on your glamping getaway. If you play an instrument, why not break it out and strum some tunes? You can also bring a portable speaker or set up a makeshift stereo system. You can even get a projector to set up a movie night. We’ve seen it all on our excursions.

When choosing music, select something that will fit the mood of your glamping experience. Start off slow and quiet, then add a hint of sophistication. Think instrumental piano, acoustic guitar, or maybe some smooth jazz. This will create a warm, cozy atmosphere, perfect for a night under the stars.

With the right music, you can create the perfect atmosphere for a luxurious glamping experience.

Another pro tip: if you’re heading off the beaten path, you might not have enough cell signal to stream your music. Be sure to download it before you head out.

Protect yourself from the elements.

To make sure your glamping experience is as enjoyable as possible, it’s important to consider how to protect yourself from the elements.

First, you’ll want to make sure you have the right glamping essentials to keep you warm and dry. A good quality sleeping bag and waterproof tent are must-haves. You may also want to bring along a hammock and some blankets to give your camping setup an extra layer of comfort. Don’t forget to bring handwashing facilities, too, so you can stay clean and healthy even when you’re far away from home.

Once you’ve packed all the necessary items, it’s time to start thinking about your setup. Make sure your tent is pitched strategically—on higher ground if possible—so that you can easily protect yourself from water and wind. Also, consider bringing along some string lights, fairy lights, and another ambient lighting to make your tent extra cozy. With these simple steps, you can make sure that your glamping experience is as comfortable and luxurious as possible.

By taking the necessary steps to protect yourself from the elements, you can ensure that your glamping experience is as comfortable and luxurious as possible.

Rainfly for the tent.

A rainfly is essential to any glamping setup if you want to stay dry.

Not only does it provide shelter, but it can also help keep your tent cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Fortunately, many modern tents come with rainfly included. However, you might have to add one on if yours didn’t come with one.

When choosing your rainfly, look for one that is waterproof and made from a durable material. Also, think about how it will fit your glamping tent. If you have a larger tent, you may want to opt for a larger rainfly so you can get full coverage. It’s okay if the rainfly is a bit bigger than your tent.

When setting up your rainfly, make sure it’s securely attached to the tent, and all of the edges are staked down. Make sure there are no gaps or holes that could let water in. And if you’re camping in an area with windy conditions, use extra guy lines to secure your rainfly.

Sunshade.

The last layer of protection from the elements is the sunshade, which can be used to block out the sun’s rays and keep the inside of the tent cool.

You can find sunshades in various sizes, shapes and colors to match your glamping setup. When setting up your sunshade, make sure it’s positioned correctly and securely attached.

We’re big fans of finding three trees and tying the sunshade to them. This will give you plenty of coverage while also providing a bit of shade.

When camping during the summer, a sunshade can be the perfect way to cool down your glamping setup and provide some much-needed relief from the heat.

FAQ about glamping.

Still confused about how to take your DIY glamping setup to the next level? Don’t worry about it; that’s why we’re here! We answer all of your burning glamping questions below.

What are some must-have items for a successful glamping trip?

Items such as a camping stove, waterproof sleeping bags, comfortable pillows and blankets, comfy chairs and seating options, an outdoor rug or carpet, string lights and fairy lights, board games, a hammock, and a portable shower or toilet are all must-have items for a successful glamping trip. We could honestly go on and on about the must-haves, but these should get you started.

How do you make a glamping camp?

Creating the perfect glamping experience requires attention to detail and thoughtful consideration. Start by finding a suitable location for your campsite and securing land permissions. Establish the facilities you will need to elevate your guests’ stay, from comfy beds and unique luxuries to amenities such as bathrooms, showers, and fire pits.

Research and purchase the right glamping tent and finishes and any other essentials needed to make it cozy. With these elements in place, you’re ready to make your vision of a luxurious camping retreat a reality!

How do I set up my own glamping resort?

Setting up your own glamping business requires careful planning and preparation. To get started, research the location to ensure it’s suitable, scout out glamping tents that are comfortable and secure, and create a safe environment with proper drainage, secure perimeter tarps, and adequate space away from trees and other potential hazards.

Lastly, make sure you have secured all necessary land permissions and investments to get your business off the ground.

What kind of tent is used for glamping?

Glamping tents are specifically designed to provide an optimal indoor climate and luxurious feel. They are usually made from high-quality, waterproof cotton canvas, which ensures a comfortable atmosphere, with Nordisk being one of the major manufacturers of these tents. We tend to prefer canvas bell tents when it comes to glamping, as they offer a luxurious feel and superior ventilation. However, you can also find geodesic dome tents and yurts for more traditional glamping experiences. Regardless of the type of tent, make sure it’s well-maintained and safe, so both you and your guests can enjoy a comfortable stay.

What is the best way to set up a glamping tent?

Setting up your glamping tent correctly can make all the difference in your experience. Start by laying out the groundsheet or any other base layer before adding the poles and rainfly. Ensure everything is properly secured and adjusted so no gaps or holes can let in water or bugs. Once your glamping tent is set up, you can add a variety of decorations to create the perfect atmosphere for your guests, from outdoor rugs, fairy lights, and fire pits to comfy beds and unique luxuries.

Make your camping trip a glamping adventure!

Ah, glamping. It’s the perfect way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the creature comforts and luxuries of home. Whether you’re setting up glamping accommodations for yourself or a new business venture, you want to make sure you get the glamping site right.

Now that you know the essential tips and tricks to transform any tent into a luxurious getaway, you’re ready to embark on your own glamping journey!

From finding the ideal spot for pitching your tent to stocking up on creature comforts and entertainment options, such as cozy beds and board games, you can feel confident in creating the ultimate glamping experience.

Get out there and start making memories with friends and family – glamping style!

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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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