Glamping vs. Camping: What’s the Difference?

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If you want to have time outdoors but aren’t sure if you want to rough it, you might be looking at the differences in camping and glamping. While it’s true that each offers a nature-based experience, we’re here to explain some key differences you should know about before planning your trip to an outdoor retreat.

What is Camping?

Camping is one of the best ways to reconnect with nature and disconnect from everything else. Most people plan to camp for just a few nights as you typically don’t have access to things that we consider necessities, such as running water and electricity. Usually, you will sleep in a tent or under the stars in a hammock or sleeping bag, cook your food exclusively over a campfire, and have to bring everything you need with you.

What is Glamping?

Glamping is a more modern form of camping for those of us that like luxury. Instead of a traditional tent, you’d likely stay in a yurt or other semi-permanent accommodation. Glamping also means you’re unlikely to sleep on the ground, as many glamping camps offer beds and, sometimes, climate controls.

Why Choose Glamping

There are many reasons to choose glamping over camping, especially if you aren’t exactly in tune with nature. These include:

  • Access to electricity. When you’re glamping, you typically have electricity and can bring along your wireless phone charger and other devices. You may also have television, air-conditioning, and internet service. Access to electricity is especially important if you use an electricity-dependent medical device, such as a nebulizer or CPAP machine.
  • Ability to expand your camping group. Seniors with mobility issues typically can’t go camping. However, some glamping experiences are more mobility-friendly.
  • Less packing. When you go camping, you have to be fully prepared. This means bringing everything you could potentially need to sleep, eat, and relax. This might include a tent, sleeping bags, table, lantern, batteries, fuel for fires, a portable grill, tools for erecting your tent, cooking utensils, or portable coffee maker. REI also notes that you might want a portable power supply. When glamping, many of these things are provided for you and, depending on where you go, your hosts may even provide food and on-site activities.
  • Comfort. While Healthline points out that sleeping on the ground is common in many countries, in the US, we are acclimated to mattresses and pillows. If you are not used to camping, glamping can help ease you into the process since you will likely have access to more comfortable accommodations. When primitive camping, the best you are likely to get is a blowup mattress, which may deflate overnight.
  • Enhanced connections without the stress. Having new experiences together is part of the solid foundation required for all relationships, both romantic and platonic. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world together, glamping allows you to do so without the stress of packing or extensive planning. It’s also a great way to leave work behind.
  • Cheaper than a hotel. Glamping is usually more expensive than simply pitching a tent out in the wild, but it’s almost always less expensive than a similarly outfitted hotel.
  • It’s more fun. This is subjective, but glamping is simply more fun than traditional camping in many ways. For all of the reasons listed above, you’ll have a less stressful experience and can focus on what really matters, which is time doing things with the people that you love.

Time out in nature is crucial to our health. But, when you don’t want to have to spend days to weeks planning and packing, glamping is a great way to have your time outdoors, and without the hassles you might encounter when camping. Glamping is an excellent opportunity to get away from it all without giving it all up.

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This post is contributed by Jessica, the creator of Our Best Friends. Jessica lives in Dallas, Texas with her loving family (which includes 2 dachsunds and a black lab). She is a certified dog lover, and believes dogs are just about the greatest creatures on earth. She loves collecting and sharing pictures of them.

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