If, like me, you’re a fair weather camper then glamping is the way forward. We’ve been on several different luxury camping breaks with children so know the glamping essentials you get with your pre-pitched tent or pod varies. It could be as basic as a bell tent with camping beds or a high-end, fully fitted out safari tent with a kitchen and bathroom. Having a glamping checklist is essential. So what should be on your glamping packing list?
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It’s always best to find out what comes with your tent before you travel. But, as a starting point, I’ve created a glamping checklist below with what we recommend packing when glamping with kids.
You might also find my family camping checklist helpful.
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Sleeping essentials for your glamping packing list
Don’t get caught short without these glamping essentials – not all glamping accommodation comes with bedding:
- Sleeping bags – have had a few sleeping bags for camping. We can recommend the Burka Lightweight Kids sleeping bags from Trespass, the Vango Kanto kids sleeping bags and the Vango Roar Double
- Duvet and sheets – if you’re aiming for luxury glamping
Don’t forget: Bed socks – not sexy but a glamping essential. They’ll also keep your feet warm if you have to step outside your warm bed at night.
Glamping essentials for cooking and eating
Here’s our glamping checklist for meal times:
- Chopping board
- Plates and bowls
- Bottle opener
- Can opener
- Cork screw
- A cool box and freezer blocks
- Kitchen roll
- Lighter or matches
- Tin foil and cling film
- Tea and coffee
- BBQ and tools – we love our portable and tidy Lotus Grill* which comes with its own travel bag. If you’re looking for something that’s more versatile but also portable we can also recommend the Camping Party Grill 600. Read our full review of this excellent camping stove.
Don’t forget: Bottled water or a water container to refill at the tap.
Things to pack for the washroom
Things to add to your glamping checklist to keep you clean:
- A dressing gown for those trips to the toilet block if you don’t have an ensuite bathroom.
Don’t forget: change for hot water in toilet blocks.
Relaxing while glamping
Things to add to your glamping packing list to aid chilling out on holiday:
- Folding camping chairs*
- Picnic blanket*
- Books and magazines – we’re yet to come across glamping with a TV
- A radio or bluetooth speakers – we love a bit of background music and get a lot of use out of our Lava Brightsounds 2 bluetooth speaker*
Cleaning and washing up
Here’s some essential things to take glamping, or check are included, so you can wash up:
- A washing up bowl
- Washing up liquid
- Tea towels
- Wet wipes
- Anti back wipes.
Don’t forget: hand gel – super handy if you don’t have running water at your tent, pod or shepherds hut.
Essentials for glamping with kids
Things we always pack for glamping with kids:
- Drinks bottles
- Kids cutlery
- Kids cups
- Camping games
- A Trunki* packed with toys, colouring and books. Our girls love having their own bags to pack and bring away on holidays
Have a read of my full guide to glamping with kids for more tips.
Miscellaneous equipment for your glamping checklist
Here’s some more things to add to your glamping checklist that we find really handy:
- Really Useful Box* – we keep all of our glamping cooking, washing up and cleaning essentials in one of these sturdy boxes as it’s easy to pack, replenish and transport in the back of our car
- Wellie boots
- Portable power bank* for charging phones and tablets. We’re big fans of ANKER products and this small power bank comes with me everywhere.
What have I missed? If you have something you could not go camping without then let me know. I’d love to hear what’s on your glamping checklist.
Where to try glamping in the UK
If you’re looking for glamping or camping inspiration then check out these posts:
- Safari Tent Glamping at Crealy Meadows in Devon
- A family Glamping adventure at Jollydays in Yorkshire
- Ready Camp with the Camping and Caravan Club in Scarborough
- Glamping in yurts at Blackdown in Devon
- More places to go glamping in Devon
- Caalm Camp in Dorset
- Glamping pods at Croft Farm Water Park in Gloucestershire
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