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Camping is an enjoyable way to spend time with your family, but the trip can quickly turn into a constant stream of complaints from the little ones. I’m tired, it’s too hot, this food tastes funny, there are bugs — and the list goes on and on.
For families with kids who aren’t used to camping or are too young to understand it, glamping can be a great solution that lets you enjoy the great outdoors while still hanging on to the comforts of home.
What Is Glamping?
Glamping is an amalgamation of two words: glamorous and camping. Put them together, and you get glamping, the practice of bringing all the comforts of home out into the wild with you. There is a broad variety of glamping structures, so it’s easy to find something to accommodate even the pickiest camper.
Source: Kampgrounds of America
As you can see, whether you’re staying in a tent, a cabin, a treehouse or a yurt, there are plenty of options to choose from.
What to Look for in a Glampsite
What should you look for when you’re browsing glamping sites?
First, check out the facilities. Does the campsite offer clean, accessible bathrooms and electrical hookups? Both are necessary for a successful glamping trip. There’s nothing glamorous about digging your own latrine, after all, or being in the woods for a week without a shower.
Other things to look for might include recreational options. Look for sites with things your young children can participate in, like bicycling, hiking or bird-watching. Some places even offer linens to use during your stay, which can be a great perk.
If you’re worried about taking your little ones on a camping or glamping trip, why not start with your own DIY glamping trip in the backyard?
Set up a tent and deck it out with lights, air mattresses, heated blankets and all your favorite comforts of home. You’re within walking distance of the house for bathroom breaks and showers, or in case they get worried once the sun starts going down.
Don’t forget to build a campfire and break out the treats. You can make gourmet s’mores, cook hotdogs over the fire or introduce them to the joy of foil-packet meals. If none of those sound appetizing, pop into the kitchen and whip up their favorite food — but can anyone hate s’mores? What’s not to love about the perfect mixture of melted chocolate, roasted marshmallow, graham cracker and whatever toppings you like the best?
You can even whip up some non-alcoholic mocktails for the little campers — and real cocktails for mom and dad. Of course, make sure you keep the drinking to a minimum until the fire is out, especially with little ones around.
Glamping is a great way to introduce your young kids to the joy of camping without letting warm temperatures, humid weather or mosquitoes turn them off from the activity at an early age. Plan your first glamping trip today — you might be surprised how much you all enjoy yourselves!