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Everything You Should Know Before Planning Your U.S. Glamping Trip
Glamping is a portmanteau of the words "glamorous" and "camping," giving you a nature camp-like adventure with amenities ready upon arrival, like a hotel.
What Is Glamping?
Glamping set-ups come in a wide range of options, like airstreams, tiny cabins, yurts, tricked-out canvas tents, vintage trailers, and tree houses.
Many offer amenities that level up your camping experience, like comfy beds, electricity, kitchens, bathrooms, couches, porches, hot tubs, and fire pits, and most allow pets.
Spending time in nature has been shown to help reduce stress and depression, support your emotional and mental health, and boost your immune system and respiratory health.
A cozy place to rest and a comfortable bed will also increase your chances of getting better sleep, and you'll also likely get more exercise than you would on other vacations.
Many hosts supply you with cookware, drinking water, bedsheets, and pillows, but every place differs. Be sure to check the details and then plan accordingly.
What To Pack
Bring layers of clothing for unpredictable weather, and pack slip-on shoes like Crocs or sandals for quick bathroom trips or for wearing in a public shower.
Pack toiletries, a headlamp, a flashlight, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, a water bottle, trash bags, a backpack, a Swiss army knife, a first aid kit, and a phone charger.
Booking.com has a glamping search section, and Airbnb has categories like off-grid, cabin, treehouse, tiny home, A-frames, earth homes, yurts, domes, and campers.
Glampinghub.com and Hipcamp connect travelers with campgrounds and glamping places, and price, amenities, activities, and accessibility can filter search results.
If you want to disconnect in a tiny cabin in the woods without hassle, you can book a Getaway House and let the staff handle everything else.
Under Canvas offers glamping tents neighboring eleven national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Under Canvas
Each safari-inspired, pet-friendly site has hot, running water, private bathrooms, luxury beds, and a wood-burning stove, and some have private decks and lounging areas.
The communal areas are decked out with a place to enjoy home-cooked meals from the cafe, picnic tables, BBQ grills, live music, yoga classes, and activities for kids.