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10 Signs You’ve Gone From Camping to ‘Glamping’

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Are you a camper or a glamper? We’ve got a list to make sure you know which “camp” you’re in.


Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to gear up and get out, the great outdoors await! Mind what you pack; one man’s roughing it is another man’s pampering: Here are 10 ways to tell if you’ll be camping or glamping.

1) The Rig

Campers get around in a whip that’s as dirty as their boots and covered with battle scars from adventures past. Scratches? Nah, they’re badges of honor.

camping rig

A glamp-mobile on the other hand, is really more about getting a good view while putting a significant barrier between you and whatever lay beyond the windshield be it earth, wind…or water!

terra wind

2) Morning Coffee

The first sip of joe for the camper is earned after making it via one of the many old fashioned ways.

campfire coffee

With a variety of handheld and travel espresso machines rugged campers can take with them, glampers require a more sophisticated approach.

glamp coffee

3) Watercraft

Next to a tent, a camper’s best friend is a trusty old canoe — tried and tested through the ages.


Do you now measure your boat in tonnes? Then you just might be a glamper. If you found a mint on the boat of your yacht, you’ve definitely turned that corner. Lucky you.

glamping yacht

4) Cooking Fire

Campers rely on the same kindling, wood, and hot coals to make their meals that prehistoric man did.

campfire cooking

A real glamping meal takes more than just fire, it takes money, time, money, care, and money. But shoot, that Kobe beef isn’t going to massage itself!

brick oven

5) Night Light

The true hallmark of any camper’s evening is enjoying the twilight with the only illumination nature provides. Usually that comes with howling wolves, bats, and creatures lurking in the dark that add to the experience. How else will you get that hair to stand on end?

cemetary moon

Tiki torches, bluetooth “proximity lanterns,” and iTunes-synced LED party lanterns, nighttime at the glampsite is a little different:

glaming nightlight
Author’s depiction of a typical evening at the glampsite

6) Music

Essentially built for quiet nights by the fire, the guitar is the only sound a camper needs to break the stillness of a chilly night.

guitar at campfire

Most glampers rely on more than just a long-bearded hippie with a guitar; fortunately, there are bomb-proof Bluetooth speakers, solar-powered boom boxes, and outdoor surround-sound speakers to chase away the nasty sounds of nature.

The soothing sounds of a glamper's sound system
The soothing sounds of a glamper’s sound system

7) Bathing

If campers don’t receive enough rain for a satisfactory shower, there’s always the lakes, rivers, and swamps!


Glampers also appreciate a dip in the wild waterways of the outdoors — of course, they make sure to properly bathe after any unsanitary exposure to wet.

Glamping shower

8) Bedding

What the earth alone does not provide, a camper will make right with a simple sleeping pad or bedroll.

camper sleeping pad

Like their rugged brethren, glampers, too, enjoy the cool, firm embrace of the bare ground… between a down mattress, box spring, oak frame, and four legs.

Glamping bed

9) Bathroom

True campers know the proper ways to answer nature’s call — bury it, keep it away from water, even pack it out if needs be — beyond that, no special accommodations are necessary.

rotten log

There’s no two ways about it — glampers do not dangle their unholies in the wild. It’s uncivilized.

glamper toilet

10) Shelter

From a bivvy sack to a covered hammock to a couple of poles and a tarp — campers get by with the minimum separating them from the elements.

Tarptent StratoSpire 2

For the crème de la crème of outdoorsmen and women, nature is but the cherry on top of a double-fudge brownie, hyper-luxury camping sundae — best enjoyed from the safety and opulence of a fully furnished creature comfort castle.

Some glampers might opt for the triple-decker island cabin inside of a geodesic dome "tent"
Some glampers might opt for the triple-decker island cabin inside of a geodesic dome “tent”

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