Sunday, September 8, 2013

Keister Kampout Part I: Glamping

I can't believe I haven't posted anything in September yet!  It's been a busy start to the school year. Today I'm here to share my first attempt at "glamping" with you.  Ever since I heard the term glamping,and more importantly found all of the amazingly cute pictures on Pinterest, I've wanted to try it.

I guess I'm getting ahead of myself.  You're probably wondering what the "Keister Kampout" is.  Keister is my maiden name (insert joke here).  For the past seven years or so my family gets together on Labor Day weekend to camp at my parents' house.  They live on about thirty acres of land that includes a few ponds, a small orchard, and a nice camp site.  We camp close enough to the house that we usually make one last trip to the house to use the bathroom at night, but if you have to go in the middle of the night, it's a little too far.  I'll post more details on the camp out later this week.  

Back to glamping.  Most of the information and pictures I've found on the subject are either from high end camp sites or were created for photo shoots.  You can check out some of the pictures I've found on this board on pinterest.  I've love to see some real-life glamping photos.  If you know of any, please let me know!

I only had to buy a few things for this glamping experience.  The first thing I knew we needed was an air mattress.  My husband and I were the only couple at the camp out without one.  We chose a double high air mattress so it would be more "bed-like."  I bought a pack of battery operated votive candles and the little red side table.  I had all of the other things on hand.  

Here are a few tips if you'd like to try glamping for yourself.

1.  Don't go out and buy a lot of extra things.  Use what you have.

2.  Do bring lots of pillows.  It makes it feel more like home.  I love to store all of my bedding in the bags that the bedding comes in.  Space bags are good too.  They keep your bedding and pillows nice and clean when you travel.

3.  Lighting.  Bring lanterns if you have them.  Make sure to use the battery operated votives inside the tent.  Consider using citronella candles outside the tent to keep the bugs away.  Use garden plant stand holders to hang the lanterns and create a nice entrance to your tent.  Don't forget a chandelier for your tent.  This is especially handy as you can turn it on and get ready for bed.  That way you can avoid the trying to hold the flashlight as you look for your toothbrush in your bag.  My chandelier was the one I used outside in the gravel patio.  It was made out of a hanging planter with a tap light, beads from the dollar store, and spray paint.

4. Bring some sort of floor covering.  I had these colorful rag rugs from a previous project.  You just could bring a welcome mat or a small area rug.  You can always find inexpensive rugs at places like Ross and TJ Maxx.  

5.  Skip the sleeping bags and go with a set of sheets and a comforter.  I don't know about you, but I never get a good night's sleep in a sleeping bag.  I brought a comforter to use, but it was so hot and humid last weekend I didn't put it on the bed.  Don't forget a blanket!  If you are afraid you'll get cold without the sleeping bag, bring lots of blankets.  I didn't use the comforter, but I did use the blanket at the bottom of the bed.

6.  Use a side table!  It was so handy to have the little lantern beside the bed and a place to put my glasses. I didn't have to worry I'd step on them if I had to get up in the middle of the night.  I got this cute little red side table at Kmart.    

7.  Decorate your tent a little bit.  I used paper lanterns that I made for a party I hosted this summer.  Not much extra work at all!  I also picked some flowers from my mom's garden to add to the tent.

Here are some shots of our tent at night.

My first attempt at glamping was a lot of fun.  I'll definitely be doing it again!  It really wasn't a lot of extra work.  There are a few improvements I'd like to make for next time.  I think I'll get another side table for the other side of the bed and get some sort of wicker chest to keep at the end of the bed.  Instead of bringing a bag, I'll pack my clothes in the chest.  I would love to have a canvas safari tent like this for my glamping excursions, but I guess I'll keep dreaming!

So what do you think?  Is glamping something you'd like to try?  If you have any ideas please share them in the comments!

Linking up at Suburbs Mama


  1. Love this! My kind of camping. Thanks for linking up to Suburbsmama

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