Following up on the glamping inspiration board from last week, I thought it would be fun to put together a virtual camping kit. We are big campers, so the items I picked are all ones I would love to use — and FYI, this is not in any way a sponsored post, I just love this stuff! Today I will be covering gear for decking out your tent in style, and getting cozy around the fire.
1. Wrap a strand (or two) of battery-op string lights around your tent poles to give your site a warm glow at night … and help you find your way back to your tent in the dark!
2. While I usually prefer a higher tech, family-size tent, this canvas range tent from Kaufmann Mercantile is so charming I would be tempted to give it a try. And speaking of high tech, no matter which tent you choose, I highly recommend investing in an air mattress to go in it. Unless you are backpacking, there’s really no reason to make due with a lightweight (read: thin and uncomfortable) sleeping pad.
3. This fabric and burlap bunting would look totally adorable strung across your tent.
4. I would put a battery operated candle inside one of these Ikea lanterns and hang it inside the tent. (Never use a real candle in your tent — but I didn’t even have to say that, right!?)
5. In fair weather, I sometimes like to skip the sleeping bags and just make up the air mattress inside the tent like a real bed. It’s so comfy, and such a treat to come ‘home’ to after a long hike. I’m loving this painterly stripe bedding from Schoolhouse Electric.
6. You definitely need a cute doormat in front of your tent.
7. This is a trick I recently learned that is so helpful: bring along a lightweight, collapsible laundry basket and put it in your tent to collect dirty clothes. It makes a world of a difference!
And now a few things for gathering around the fire…
1. If you will be building a campfire, you need a hatchet! Don’t forget this — you don’t want to be the lame campers who can’t get a fire started because they are trying to use gigantic logs!
2. Speaking of logs, how about a chic carryall for toting them from the car to the fire pit?
3. When it comes time to roast marshmallows, instead of hunting for sticks, use a set of these telescoping forks to get the job done.
4. I am a big fan of being a well organized camper. One thing I am dying to add to my own camp kit is a nice big trunk like this one from Ikea to stow gear in. Once at camp, the trunk itself can double as a fireside table.
5. A collapsible cot is great for naps, of course, but also works splendidly as a bench seat for two beside the fire.
6. If you are going to remember one thing, make it extra blankets! Honestly, you can never have too many — the warmer and woolier, the better.
7. You’ll have to check regulations first (some camping areas do not allow hanging hammocks) but if you are able, how awesome would it be to have a hammock at camp?
What about you? What’s in your camping kit? I would love to hear!
I’ll meet you back here on Wednesday for part 2: the camp kitchen and table! xo Laura