Glamping Gear That Makes the Outdoors Truly Great

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Glamping Gear That Makes the Outdoors Truly Great

Glamping is camping, just fancier. (After all, it's literally the words "glamorous" and "camping" put together.) You get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Spend time enjoying nature while also listening to your record collection and drinking a latte — if you pack right.

Maybe even watch a movie after you roast marshmallows! Taking creature comforts on your outdoor adventure is in, and have we got some excellent recommendations for you. Gussy up your camp site, or prepare drinks like you would at home. Read on to discover our essential items for a successful glamping excursion. 

01

The coveted cooler in cool new colors

The coveted cooler in cool new colors

Yetis are the ultimate in glamping equipment; they are the Rolls Royce of coolers, if you will. Not only are they amazingly effective, they come in hip colors like coral, ice blue, desert tan, and charcoal (and classic white).

The Tundra 45 model features two inches of PermaFrost insulation in the thick plastic walls to keep your goods cold as ice. The patented T-Rex lid latches are super-durable, and the cooler comes with a dry goods basket to keep items at the top of the box and out of the way.

And those are just a few of the features packed into this bad boy. The Tundra 45 can fit 28 cans of beer (if that's what you're packing) and it's 25.75 inches wide. It weighs 23 lbs empty. 

02

Special skewers for roasting marshmallows

Special skewers for roasting marshmallows

Why use sticks to roast marshmallows when you can bust out these fancy double-pronged skewers from Sur La Table? The metal skewers telescope out to 32 inches for safe fire-roasting and convenient s'mores.

They collapse to 12 inches for compact storage, or even indoor roasting. The handles are even shaped like marshmallows for added cuteness.

03

A portable solar shower to keep you clean

A portable solar shower to keep you clean

When you're in the wilderness, showering is definitely a welcome luxury. Use this portable solar shower and stay squeaky clean during your excursion.

The outdoor Summer Shower is solar-powered, providing a nice warm shower even when you're off the grid. The water heats up fast on a sunny day, and there's a convenient on/off valve on the shower head. When not in use, the portable shower rolls up for easy storage.

04

A colorful rug to add warmth to your site

A colorful rug to add warmth to your site

You'll want to soften up your living space with some rugs (and why not add some tapestries and throws while you're at it?). Well, this waterproof indoor/outdoor rug can pretty much go anywhere. Lay it inside your tent for added floor padding, or toss it outside in your campsite for a spot to hang out.

Available in green, maroon, and blue, this IndigoMer rug comes in small or medium to suit your taste. The best part? It's made from recycled materials.

05

A waterproof speaker that stores your tunes

A waterproof speaker that stores your tunes

An all-terrain portable speaker, the Speaqua Barnacle+ is waterproof (it actually floats), sand-proof (perfect for the desert), long-lasting (for up to 5 hours), and features Bluetooth connectivity with a built-in microphone. All the comforts of home? Perfect for glamping!

It even has a 4GB built-in flash drive — you can store up to 1000 songs. It comes in five patterns, from camo to "tripper fish." 

06

A blow-up bed fit for royalty

A blow-up bed fit for royalty

The most luxe thing you can do when camping is enjoy a good night's sleep. Just because you're in the wilderness doesn't mean you need to sleep on a terrible air mattress! The Coleman airbed cot is lifted — just like your bed at home.

So simple, yet so luxurious! The fold-out queen-sized cot includes a battery-operated pump, and it even has side tables. The steel frame can support up to 600 lbs.

07

A tabletop blender for outdoor drinks

A tabletop blender for outdoor drinks

Whip up some margaritas — or your morning protein shake — with this handy outdoor blender. No batteries or cords needed; simply crank the handle! (It should be noted that this crank-style blender works best for beverages and not, say, veggies.)

The pitcher holds about six cups and sits atop a stainless steel base. Attach it to any table with the included clamp and you're ready to roll.

08

A candle set to keep bugs away in style

A candle set to keep bugs away in style

Bug-repelling candles don't have to look like they came from a bait n' tackle shop; check these babies out! World Market's trio of citronella candles feature a geometric design on ceramic jars. Each candle has a burn time of 30 hours.

09

A cozy quilt that makes a difference

A cozy quilt that makes a difference

Make your inflatable bed with this gorgeous Pendleton quilt and cozy up in style. The Badlands quilt is part of Pendleton's National Park line.

Available in twin, full/queen, and king, the 200 thread-count quilt comes with 1 (twin) or 2 (full/queen and king) matching pillow shams. A portion of sales from this quality cotton blanket help fund park restorations projects.

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Instagram-able wine tumblers that are sturdy and chic

Instagram-able wine tumblers that are sturdy and chic

These gorgeous copper wine tumblers will look great at any camp site. The set of four 17 oz. glasses is also stemless and sturdy — perfect for the rough and tumble camp life.

The interior of the glass is durable stainless steel, and the exterior is plated with copper, which keeps beverages chilled longer than standard glass. Cheers!

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A latte set for the outdoor crowd

A latte set for the outdoor crowd

When "cowboy coffee" just isn't cutting it, enjoy a latte outdoors with this ultralight set (it's just 13.3 oz). The carrying case contains a Titanium French Press, plus a Titanium Milk Foamer. 

12

Portable Record Player

Portable Record Player

Your favorite music-lover can tote their tunes with this portable record player in a suitcase-style case. The Crosley Coupe features built-in speakers and a headphone jack, so you can listen alone, or entertain a crowd.

Get that Christmas music cranking! The wood, plastic, and metal case is 15.5" wide and comes in teal, blue, red, and gray. It plays 7", 10", and 12" records. 

13

A small laptop charger that packs a punch

A small laptop charger that packs a punch

Bringing your laptop along for the trip? If you'd like to mix a little tech into your nature experience, pick up this portable power bank. We recommend the Jackery PowerBar because it can supply a lot of power in a small package and has several ports to charge more than just your laptop. The Jackery Power Bar can fully charger most laptops and it features a USB Quick Charge, USB-C, and USB port.

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A beautiful bell tent to set the scene

A beautiful bell tent to set the scene

When you really need to set the glamping scene: set up one of these luxe Dream House tents! There are many sizes and fabrics available, but the 16.4 ft diameter tent in Oxford Cloth will run you $519 on Amazon (and yes, it's Prime).

The tent is waterproof and includes a chimney hole on the side for your cozy stove. This particular size can fit a king-sized bed for ultimate comfort, plus two twins. It includes plenty of great extras, like a PVC floor, lantern ring, mosquito netting, and inside ties.

15

A practical organizer to keep camp tidy

A practical organizer to keep camp tidy

When you're glamping, it's nice to have all your odds and ends squared away. Enter the campsite organizer. This unit from L.L. Bean has storage shelves for kitchen essentials, or whatever else mom would like to tuck away.

The aluminum frame folds up, and it comes with a storage bag. This 16 lb wonder can keep all your gear organized. 

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A perfect “camp stove” for fireside meals

A perfect “camp stove” for fireside meals

This durable Lodge Dutch Oven is a great option for campfire cooking. It's a portable "camp stove" and it easily cooks up delicious meals like stews. The legs hold the Dutch Oven over the coals, but you can purchase a tripod for more advanced recipes. Flip the lid over and use it as a griddle. A Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101 cookbook is included with purchase.

17

Harness the power of the sun to charge your tech

Harness the power of the sun to charge your tech

This portable solar-powered battery pack can provide four charges for an iPhone 7 (or three charges for an iPhone 7 Plus), thanks to its 15000mAh capacity. Just keep it in the sun to absorb those rays. It's waterproof, dust-proof, and shock-proof, which makes it great for the outdoors — or the inside of a safari tent.

The RAVPower solar charger includes two phone ports, plus an LED flashlight for your glamping convenience. Lights let you know how much battery is left, and whether the device is on or off. This is a great little solar charger to toss in your bag!

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Movie magic for the great outdoors

Movie magic for the great outdoors

You'll have the most popular tent in the campsite with this packable projector (it's ultralight and only 3" tall).

Play movies or music videos anywhere — watch Netflix or YouTube and chill while you wait for your favorite bands to play. The Magic Cinema mini-projector is noiseless, and projects a screen up to 150". The battery life lasts up to five hours.

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A little ambiance for your campsite

A little ambiance for your campsite

Give your glamping site a little upgrade with this set of solar lanterns, which flicker like real candles. Unlike real candles, they're solar-powered and waterproof.

When they're fully charged (this generally takes six hours), these lanterns will glow for 10 hours. The TomCare lights include both clips and rings, making it easy to hang them in a variety of locations. They automatically turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn. How convenient!

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