Matt Johnson

What to Bring on a Glamping Trip?

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Jul 15, 2022Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Are you planning an upcoming glamping trip? If so, congratulations! Glamping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without sacrificing any of the comforts of home. Now that you’ve got your glamping trip planned, it’s time to start packing. But what to bring on your glamping trip? Here are a few essentials to help you enjoy a comfortable and stylish glamping trip.

Don’t worry; there will be something here for the novice and experienced glampers!

What you typically don’t need to bring.

When you’re glamping, chances are you don’t need to bring much in the way of camping gear. This is because most glamping sites will have what you need on-site, including beds, furniture, and sometimes even private bathrooms. However, there are a few things you should still bring to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

That’s really what makes glamping great. Glamping resorts provide all the necessities and creature comforts you need for a luxurious camping experience. You don’t have to worry about lugging all your gear with you or setting it up when you arrive.

However, they’re not going to provide everything. That’s where we come in.

The top 9 things to bring on a glamping trip.

Sure, almost everything will be provided for you when you go glamping. But there are a few essential items you should bring to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable trip. This isn’t an all-inclusive list, but it’s a great starting point.

Comfortable clothing for all weather.

Something you want to bring, whether camping or glamping, is a range of clothing that will be comfortable in any weather. Of course, you’ll want to check the forecast before you leave so you know what to expect. But it’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything.

Pack layers that can be easily added or removed as the temperature changes throughout the day. And don’t forget to bring a raincoat or jacket in case of showers.

A great pair of walking shoes or boots will go a long way if you plan on doing any hiking or exploring while you’re glamping. But if you’re planning on relaxing around the campsite, a comfortable pair of sandals should suffice.

If you’re going to glamp the right way, you need to be comfortable.

Some easy-listening tunes.

There are times when you won’t want to get out of bed. That’s fine; there’s no shame in it. But when you eventually leave the comfort of your glamping accommodations, you’ll want some tunes to listen to.

Nothing too loud or rowdy, of course.

This is a relaxing trip, after all.

But a small Bluetooth speaker will let you enjoy some music while you’re getting ready in the morning, cooking an exquisite dinner, or just chilling around the campsite.

Just be considerate of your fellow glampers and keep the volume down.

Choices of adult beverages.

Glamping wouldn’t be complete without some excellent adult beverages. After all, what’s the point of all this luxury if you can’t enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer?

Of course, you’ll want to make sure you’re drinking responsibly. But there’s no harm in enjoying a few drinks while you’re glamping.

This is a great time to try something new and refreshing. Maybe a fresh chardonnay or a craft beer you’ve been meaning to try.

You could even bring along a portable wine cooler or high end cooler to keep your drinks chilled all weekend long. Whichever route you choose, just make sure you have enough to drink. And don’t forget the glasses if the resort does not already provide them!

Gourmet snacks and food.

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of good food. One of the best parts about glamping is that you can still enjoy all your favorite gourmet snacks and meals.

You can even get creative and try some new recipes. Just be sure to pack enough food for everyone in your group. And if you’re planning on doing any cooking, make sure you bring along any spices or condiments you might need.

Most of the time, glamping resorts will have a grill, campfire, or kitchen area that you can use to cook your meals. But it’s always a good idea to bring along some easy-to-prepare food just in case.

Light reading material.

If you’ve ever been camping, then you know everything slows down in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest. That’s when you’ll want to find a nice shady spot and relax with a good book.

Light reading material is essential for any glamping trip. Whether it’s a trashy romance novel, a celebrity gossip magazine, or a classic work of fiction, make sure you have something to keep you entertained. There are some times when even glamping can get boring.

Some outdoor fun.

Okay, so reading isn’t your thing, or you’re okay with sweating out the summer heat. If that’s the case, you might want to bring along some outdoor games to keep you entertained.

Outdoor games are a great way to pass the time and have fun with your fellow glampers. Some of our favorites include cornhole, frisbee, and badminton.

Of course, you’ll want to check with the resort before you bring any games. Some places have strict rules about what you can and cannot bring onto the property. Many glamping resorts have games and activities you can enjoy, so be sure to ask about that before you pack anything.

But as long as you’re playing by the rules, outdoor games are a great way to have some fun while you’re glamping.

Casual games for the night and the rainy days.

Are you hanging out in the bell tent for a while, waiting out a rainstorm? You might want to bring along some playing cards or other small games to keep you entertained.

This is also a great way to pass the time if it’s too hot or cold outside. Just be sure to pack any game pieces or accessories you might need.

Consider how many people will be on your trip and what kinds of games they like to play. That way, you can ensure you have enough for everyone to enjoy.

Card games, for example, are always a hit. But if you have a group of people who like to play board games, you might want to bring along a few favorites.

Bug spray and sunscreen.

This is one of the things people forget to bring on a glamping trip. Why? Because everyone hears the word resort and they automatically assume that means there will be no bugs. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. You’re still camping, remember?

No matter what time of year you go glamping, there’s always a chance that you’ll run into some bugs. So it’s always a good idea to bring along some bug spray and sunscreen.

Even if you don’t use them, it’s better to be safe than sorry. And if you need them, you’ll be glad you packed them.

A sense of adventure!

One of the most important things to bring on a glamping trip is your sense of adventure!

While you’re out, check out what the local area has to offer. Many glamping resorts are located near some great hiking trails, fishing spots, and other outdoor activities. There might even be a cute downtown area with great shops and restaurants.

For example, the Cypress Valley Treehouse Resort is just outside of Austin. Have you ever been to Austin? There’s so much to do there! It’s so much fun to explore new places during the day and follow it up with drinks and a campfire at night.

Just because you’re glamping doesn’t mean you have to stay in the tent the whole time. Get out there and explore what the area has to offer. You might be surprised at what you find. Remember, it’s all about the adventure and making memories!

What else would you bring?

That, in essence, is what we think everyone should bring for any glamping trip. Of course, there are other things you might want to bring along. It all depends on what you’re looking for in a glamping trip. Some are more adventurous, and others are looking for a more relaxing experience.

Do you have any other suggestions? Is there anything you found you cannot live without on your glamping trips? We would love to hear about them! Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or the ‘Gram!


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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