While the idea of sleeping under the stars may sound enchanting to some, the reality of an overnight in the woods can leave others riddled with anxiety. Not surprisingly, concerns surrounding bathing and bathrooms tend to top the list.
But with the right gear, you can bring the creature comforts of home to your campsite, thus upgrading your rugged trek into a glamping getaway. To help make your next outdoor adventure a little, err a lot, more luxurious, we asked the experts at Glamping Hub to... share their top picks that combine convenience, practicality and functionality.
Ahead, everything you need to glamp like a pro! So when it comes time to heed the call of the wild, all you’ll have to do is pack up your equipment and supplies—plenty of water, healthy snacks, and food (because what’s a campfire sans s’mores?)—and hit the open road.
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Cotton Canvas Tent
One major difference between camping and glamping? The accommodations. Fashioned from heavy-duty, waterproof canvas, this luxury tent flaunts zippable mesh windows and doors (both with mosquito nets), an integrated zippable groundsheet and chimney hole. And its spacious 16-foot interior sleeps four adults, or up to eight children, comfortably. (Taking the kids along? Try these family-friendly camping activities.)
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Staying clean while camping just got a lot more convenient and comfortable thanks to this combination shelter/shower. The versatile shelter is loaded with a five-gallon portable shower unit, zippered D-shaped door, inner mesh pockets for toiletries (perhaps biodegradable soap?), and detachable floor with mesh panel for water drainage. Need a place to change clothes or do your business in peace? Remove the shower and use the space as a changing room or outhouse.
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Who says you can’t take your toilet with you? Ok, so this may not be the exact model you have at your house, but this commode does feature a comfortable full-size seat and separate, detachable, leak-proof holding tanks for freshwater and waste. It even flushes like your home throne!
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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a plug in the middle of the forest. But thanks to tech advancements, you don’t need electricity or batteries to illuminate your space. This durable, ultra-portable, waterproof luminary is powered by the sun and lasts up to 24 hours on a single charge. The adjustable bottom strap lets you attach it to to anything, from a backpack—perfect for after dark exploration—to a tree branch—to give your campsite some overhead light.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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After a long day of hiking, who wouldn’t want to kick back and relax? This inflatable lounger does double duty as a sofa or sleeper. Plus, it comes with a trio of pockets—to stash snacks, drinks and your cell—and a bottle opener. And the ultra-portable design makes it a breeze to bring with you anywhere.
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Looking for a more modern rendition of an old-school campfire singalong? Swap your guitar for this bluetooth speaker (and check out these creative camping party ideas). Not only is this portable player waterproof—so you can listen to your favorite tunes no matter the weather—but it offers up to 20 hours of playtime on a single charge, is capable of connecting to three mobile devices simultaneously, and charges smartphones and tablets via USB.
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Meet the Walkie Talkie’s high tech cousin. A must-have in your off-the-grid arsenal, this handy device lets you send texts to and share GPS locations with other goTenna users in the area, even when there’s no cell service or WiFi available. It’s sold as a pair, so one for you and the other for your camping companion.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Forget canned beans. Thanks to this portable grill, you can indulge in gourmet grub, even on the go. It’s compact, collapsible and equipped with attached wheels and a built-in handle that make transporting it totally painless. The electronic ignition means matchless cooking and the durable cast-iron burners guaranteed perfectly-grilled burgers, hot dogs and veggies.
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Bug Away String Lights
Escaping the city certainly has it rewards—chief among them, a reprieve from constant sensory overload. That said, while your fellow urban-dwellers may at times feel like pests, your neighbors in the wilderness are actual pests. Plus, a lack of traffic and street lights means total darkness. Not only will these Citronella-infused, battery-powered string lights amp up the natural ambiance (and brightness) but they’ll also keep mosquitoes and other insects away!