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Let’s Go Glamping! {Make Your Own Cute Camping Kit}

Yay! It’s June! I am super excited because that means it’s camping season. I’m talking about mellow, chilled-out, easygoing car camping with enough little luxuries to make it fun & comfy. In other words, glamping. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than a sunny summer weekend spent car camping with a few good friends – and anyone who knows me can tell you that I have car camping down to a science. Care to learn how you, too, can keep a well-stocked glamping kit so you’re ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice? Oh, good. First, let’s have a look at a few of my favorite inspirations, because inspiration is where it all begins…

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Clockwise from top left: Apron from Dottie Angel, Amy Butler fabric, Cath Kidston tent, Linda Aldredge’s Treehouse, and more Amy Butler designs!

I’m dreaming of colorful prints, straw cowgirl hats, wildflowers in vintage jam jars, the sleek lines of an airstream trailer, big blue skies, and maybe Jenna Woginrich playing the fiddle. What is inspiring you? See, you really don’t need much to elevate plain-old camping to glamping – it’s about creating a mood. And if you want to see glamping taken to it’s highest level, you must check out Sisters on the Fly: these sassy ladies meet up several times each year with their cowgirl caravan of wacky trailers to go fly fishing, horseback riding, and generally have a grand ol’ time. I chose a few pics (below) that exemplify the Sisters on the Fly aesthetic. These all come from The Beehive Cottage, which is the blog of Sister on the Fly Maryjane (who also has an adorable Etsy shop):

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What I love about glamping is that it frees you to be a little more kitschy, romantic, or wild than you might usually be in your home: it’s all about having fun. You could go cowgirl, or all faded British florals, whatever floats your boat. Keep an eye out at flea markets and fairs this summer for cute dishware and vintage tablecloths on the cheap – glamping doesn’t need to cost a fortune! And check out that vintage suitcase decoupaged with cowgirl art – wouldn’t that make an awesome case for your glamping supplies?

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In the Camp Kit: Tongs, knives, and cutting mats from Sur la table, cooler & BBQ from Summit Camping Gear, hand towels by Leanne Graeff, spice kit from Purpose Design, plate cover from Farmhouse Wares, tealights and lantern by Cath Kidston, doormat & tablecloth from Anthro, french press from Williams Sonoma, dishes from Viva Terra.

So, what goes in a glamping kit? Aside from the standard camping equipment (sleeping bag, tent, etc.), I throw in a pretty tablecloth, a bunch of tealights, cute dishes and hand towels, and a little doormat to put in front of the tent. Take a tip from the Sisters on the Fly and take the time to plan some better-than-average camping meals (grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, anyone?), and keep all of your gear together so it’s easy to grab at the last minute. I keep the soft stuff like sleeping bags and blankets in a big duffel bag, and the camp kitchen gear in a big bin with a lid and handles.

Hopefully I will be taking my first camping trip of the year next weekend, and then I’ll share some pics with you, okay? Happy trails!

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  • Lucy C June 2, 2009, 11:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. What a lovely idea and you have put so much attention and detail into it. I love the hand printed tea towels. What programme do you use to do the mosic effect with the pictures? It looks great.

    Lucy C´s last blog post..buttercup bag :: for the birthday girl

    • Lolalina June 3, 2009, 9:43 am

      Thanks, Lucy! I just started using Picasa for the pictures – the free version – and I really like it :)

  • Melissa A. June 3, 2009, 12:06 pm

    I love little camping package that you put together. You have made it fun and easy for us to find all the amenities that we might need for a glamping trip. Thanks for the tip on how to make the mosaic picture layout as well and thanks to Lucy for asking the question. I was going to ask also.

    Melissa A.´s last blog post..Big Blog Giveaway

  • darlingsavage June 4, 2009, 12:56 pm

    “glamping”… i love it! that’s my kind of camping.

  • Junie Moon June 15, 2009, 3:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing the glamping ideas. I so love camping in this style. My only regret is not getting one of Cath Kidston’s adorable tents before she quit making them.

    • Mel BSL August 28, 2011, 6:31 pm

      You can sometimes get the Catch Kidston tents on ebay, I have seen them. THey weren’t big enough for me so I got a huge fuschia/purple tent and everything in it is pink and brights…….tiny lil pink fridge/cooler, electric kettle, toaster, laura ashley home sweet home plaque……….. i use fashionable wood and calico laundry baskets (new) for storage and cath kidston oil tablecloths for wipe clean ease. We are going again this weekend and I am collecting ideas to add to what I learned on the last trip !! xx

  • Hiking August 18, 2009, 4:38 am

    Glamping!!! Amazing concept – hope it takes off!!! I suggest you watch the episode of “How I met Your Mother” and the attempt to Lemon law!!!

  • Rachel March 30, 2010, 8:34 pm

    I love everything you’ve chosen and suggested. It’s darling! I’ll be linking to this.

  • jose July 7, 2010, 4:59 pm

    love love love it all. Pretty and fresh and so so sweet. Do I want to try glamping??? Well if i can shop for all those treats then its yes yes yes!

  • Alana July 29, 2011, 1:36 pm

    We loved this post so much that we shared it on our blog. Hooray for fabulous Friday inspiration. :)

    http://www.loyalorderoftheglamper.com/2011/07/glamping/

    -Alana
    The Loyal Order of the Glamper

  • Glimpse of my World July 29, 2011, 2:10 pm

    pop over and see me at my blog… i love vintage trailers!!

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