Who knew there were so many glampers out there? It seems the crew at Life In Pleasantville swings mostly to the side of glamping, not camping. In preparation for the weekend getaways this summer, we’ve rounded up our favourite must-haves if you’re braving the wilds, or just the communal showers.
Candace Sampson – I’m a glamper, not a camper. My daughters and my boyfriend however, have different ideas that take us away from electricity occasionally. I mean honestly?! How am I supposed to Instagram that totally spontaneous moment that took me 40 takes to get, if my phone runs out of power? It’s like they don’t know me. But you do, fellow residents and visitors to Pleasantville. You do, and that’s why I’m sharing the most ingenious invention EVER for when you’re far from an electrical outlet. Behold, a hand-cranked USB charger! Brilliant! Betting, this was invented by a woman with an Instagram account. Just sayin’
Laureen Farnam – Camping is such a classic thing to do in the summer and outdoor sporting goods stores and camping enthusiasts will always be willing to totally geek out over fancy camping gear. I love a good gadget as much as the next Geek Mom, but my bred-in-the-bone practicality prevails when it comes to getting caffeine into my bloodstream – especially if I am waking up in a soggy sleeping bag because *someone* forgot to pack the tarpaulin for under the tent, but I digress. There are lots of different coffee makers designed specifically for camping, but when space is limited, why buy a new uni-tasking thing that will collect dust the rest of the year? My solution is small, sturdy, and brews a perfect cup of coffee with nothing more than hot water and the best coffee grounds you are willing to pack. A small French Press makes two delightfully caffeinated cups so the parents can keep the HAPPY in happy campers. (If you are hiking solo or single parent camping you can even get a French Press travel mug, such as this one from Bodum. It works perfectly so you can get your perk on!)
Nicole MacPherson – I don’t camp. I love the great outdoors, I love being outside, but come bedtime I like things like walls, electrical outlets, running water, and plumbing. What can I say? I’m kind of a princess. A princess who loves spending time at the (equipped with all amenities) cottage, sipping on frosty drinks. So how can I not crush on these darling margarita glasses that indicate the proportion of tequila to triple sec and wine? I can see myself with one of these in one hand, chips and salsa in the other, enjoying the sunset before retiring to my comfortable bed with high-thread count sheets. That’s MY kind of camping.
Katja Wulfers – I feel a responsibility to represent the campers out there because I’m totally outnumbered by my glamper colleagues. What gives? I grew up backcountry camping and while the prep work is just that, a crap-load of work, the payoff is incredible! A place to myself (or with those who’ve joined me), the sounds of nature instead of traffic (that alone is worth every prep headache!), and the chance to enjoy a complete disconnect from the world. Any wildlife viewing is a bonus.
I’m totally crushing on the Tensile hammock tents I see crop up in my Instagram feed. No rocks poking into my back and I can avoid the creepy crawlies that might wander in when I’m climbing in late at night.
Some women covet Manolos, I’m on the hunt for a comfy pair of boots. For all the hiking I do, I’ve never had a decent pair of boots. Amazon has great options and the lightweight La Sportiva look like they would work for me; I don’t want to be lugging my feet around along with my gear. Now, who wants to come camping?
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