Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping. Glamping has become particularly popular with 21st century tourists seeking the luxuries of hotel accommodation alongside the escapism and adventure recreation of camping
Picture, waking up to the sound of birds chirping, the wind rustling in the trees. You are comfortably snuggled in flannel softness, ready to start your day. Sounds great, doesn't it? That is what tent camping is all about. And you don't have to be experienced to do it. Here are the seven reasons why tent camping is the best way to camp.
1. It's Affordable
Nothing beats tent camping for affordability. With just a tent and tarp you can be set to go on a great camping adventure. The great thing about tent camping is you can literally decide the night before that you want to go camping the next day and off you go. Of course, you will probably want to add to the list with a few extras. A sleeping bag and air mattress or pad is a nice extra but a sheet and some blankets will do just as well. A tarp and some rope is also a good idea, especially if you run into rain during your trip. You can hang the tarp above your tent and attach it to the tree trunks surrounding your tent. This makes for a great umbrella for your tent and will keep you dry in the event of an unforeseen rain storm.
2. Unlimited Camping Locations
There is virtually no limit to where you can go tent camping. Unlike RV and Pop-up camping, tent camping can be doe just about anywhere provided you have permission. And really, there are enough public campgrounds throughout the US to choose from. Tent camping makes it ideal to camp close to home which is especially good if you are trying it out for the first time. In fact camping in your backyard is an excellent way to do a trial run before you commit to a longer trip.
3. Being Close to Nature
Tent camping is a great way to get to see nature up close. If you live in a large city this is a great way to see nature at its finest. Want a lake view? Just find a lake with a campground and you are all set. Love the beach? The same thing applies. Many lakes and beaches have campgrounds that cater to tent campers.
4. Minimal Preparation
Got the tent and sleeping gear. Just add a flashlight, charcoal, food, a few folding chairs and a container for water and you are ready to go. Sounds too simple? Well, you could add to the list but the point is tent camping can be done with minimal preparation and you can still enjoy yourself.
5. Easy to Set Up
Tent camping is the easiest form of camping for setting up. The way tents are made these days it only takes a few minutes to have the tent unpacked and assembled. Dome tents are usually the easiest to set up and usually come with easy to follow instructions. It's much easier with two people but even one person can put together a dome tent.
6. Kids Love Tents
Kids love camping in tents. Aren't your kids already playing tent in your house with sheets? Tent camping is a great way for families to have a vacation with minimal amount of expense and effort. It's also a great way to get your kids involved in helping "set up" camp. They will enjoy watching (or helping) you assemble the tent. Who knows - you might be able to sit back and watch them set up the tent!
7. Anyone Can Do It
Tent camping is something that doesn't require experience. Anyone can enjoy tent camping, young and old alike. Just a love of the outdoors and a willingness to try something new and anyone can become a tent camper. If you would like to learn more about tent camping, I would like to invite you to visit my website www.camping-together.com for more information. Tent camping is a great way to see the country without spending a lot of money and you may find it's the best way to camp.
Sandy Taylor has been camping since she was three years old. She and her husband John have been camping with their two boys on lakes, beaches, forests and mountains. With over 40 years of camping experience, she has a wealth of camping knowledge she likes to share through her website FamilyCampingPlanner.com. Sandy especially enjoys helping young families learn how great camping can be. Sign up for her free camping checklist at http://www.familycampingplanner.com