We’re used to the ups and down of weather in spring, but when it’s hot, it’s really hot, so we can’t help but get excited. So we’re going to focus on those days – ignoring the days with torrential rain – and start dreaming of summer.
Right on cue, Wanderluxe (our latest Home trend) takes us outdoors, and is revisiting the phenomenon that is: glamping. It’s all about getting outside, exploring the natural world, challenging yourself… and treating yourself to life’s little luxuries.
We’ve put together a quick checklist so you can make sure you’re glamping successfully – there will be no camping on our watch.
1) A luxury sleeping situation
There’s one thing that knocks camping to the bottom of our to-do list: sleep.
Sleeping on the soil was nifty when you’re nimble, but these days? We’re going to need some cushioning.
With this Aerobed, you can inflate and deflate your five star bed in minutes using their portable pump. Its height and width is as you’d expect from your average bed, meaning you can still get a great night’s sleep in the great outdoors.
2) Cosy bedding
Once you’ve got your proper bed, you need your proper bedding (there’s nothing improper about glamping). This is especially necessary for a staycation when there’s not much better than hiding from chilly British evenings shrouded in layers of fleece. We’ve got to point you in the direction of the above fleece throw from Orla Kiely. The simple and bold pattern is instantly recognisable as the designer’s iconic print, plus its signature colours featured like olive, peach, grey and navy are perfect for adding a pop of colour to your tent.
Also, we love Cozee Home as your go-to brand, offering an array of stylish, warming bedding sets and throws.
3) Pretty lights
The cherry on the top of this trend cake, fairy lights instantly add a stylish touch to any setting. Lanterns and lights make your space cosy, inviting and almost dreamily idyllic.
We love this set from Bethlehem Lights, featuring (ever on-trend) rose gold, teardrop bulbs. The mirrored, crackled effect to the glass creates the perfect fuzzy glow – plus, they look just as decorative when they’re off during the day! The sizeable bulbs produce a handy amount of illumination for shedding some light on your temporary new home: pretty and practical.
4) Delicious meals
As with most things in life, the food makes it.
This meaningful experience between you and your pals deserves oh-so-much more than instant noodles as an accompaniment. As we’ve seen with numbers 1 – 3, when it comes to glamping, you don’t have to sacrifice your favourite things. You can stretch your chef muscles and whip up meals you’d make at home (although steering clear of temperature-dependent ingredients may be best…).
This remoska from Lakeland makes everything from toasted sandwiches to baked potatoes, and comes with a rack and 150-recipe cookbook. It’s perfect for when you need quick and easy meals on your trip as it brings food closer to the heat for a faster cooking process.
Ignoring any national treasures you may have pitched up next to, between meals there’s obviously not much else to do other than snack and drink.
5) Multitasking gadgets
Thanks to brands like Kuhn Rikon, glamping is a fumble-free zone. Take this bottle opener. It opens jar lids, beer bottles, plastic bottles, ring pulls, and more tricky closures which could put a downer on your trip. The long handle gives you a hefty amount of leverage to tackle the tightest of lids, plus the strong adjustable gripper can cater to all sizes.
More to the point, it comes in a selection of bright colours, so even your bottle opener can add vibrancy to your fun trip.
When you’re packing up a car or carrying your life on your back, you’re a big fan of lifesaving possessions in small packages. The portable Halo Bolt 57720 charges up to two USB-compatible devices at the same time, can jump start your car, and also acts as a torch with a built-in LED flashlight at one end.
Think of this fab device as your little guardian angel, helping you out of sticky situations and keeping the power on during your trip.
A perfectly-placed playlist can make a glamping trip, from an acoustic sunrise to pop hits at dusk, and with Bose’s wireless Soundlink speaker you can upgrade tinny, quiet sound from your phone, to full, clear and loud projection. You can connect your smartphone, tablet or Bluetooth device, meaning you have a huge library of tunes to choose from and suit your mood. As they say; let the music play.
8) Humble brag photos
You can’t be expected to go on a luxury camping trip and not share a few snaps once you get home! The better the camera, the less work you have to do to ensure your photos have done your surroundings justice.
Polaroid’s Snap Touch 13MP instant digital camera allows you to snap, print, and share all of your favourite photos instantly with the downloadable app and new Bluetooth connectivity. Polaroid is an obvious choice for glamping; the 90s camera has returned with a vengeance, and we just can’t get enough of the retro border and risky one-take-wonder nature of each photo being printed. You can also customise your photos with borders, filters and digital stickers, making that humble brag moment even better.
We love the idea of hanging string or wire across a wall and clipping your photos using mini pegs – a very cute look!
9) A good read
You’ll have hours to bond with friends and family, go on walks, and get stuck into a good book. With your Amazon Kindle 6″, your screen is glare-free, meaning you can sit back and read away with any reflection from the sun.
There’s nothing worse than setting aside a book for your hols and realising your grave mistake by day two. By swapping paperbacks for portable devices, you can jump between hundreds of stories and worlds, without being stuck in one you’ve guessed the ending to after three lines.
The world is getting smaller, and it’s all thanks to our instant communication and contact around the globe. With phones like this sim-free iPhone 6s, you can keep friends and family updated on your trip through messaging and social media. Plus, you can download films to watch offline, play games, check the news, and – most importantly – check the weather. If you’re undecided, head to the online product page and watch Lee Hohbein’s whistlestop tour of the best features.
So that’s our top 10 list; comment below with your top glamping necessities. You can also head to our Wanderluxe look online to see the trend in action and find more products to help you recreate the theme.