Fancy Camping = Glamping

The Urban Dictionary states, 

Glamping: 

Going camping, but with glamour. A combination of the two words. It's like regular camping , but with nicer things than usual, being warmer, and more comfortable. Glamping isn't done by usual outdoor types who climb mountains.

This sounds about right to us. While we love the great outdoors, we also love pillows & private bathrooms! Go ahead and scoff, we don't care.  The only tent we want to sleep in is the magical kind from Harry Potter that are deceptively dialed in inside. 

To us glamping is the perfect family vacation. The kids still get to run around exploring and getting dirty, our husband gets to build a fire and we get to decorate our own little cabin. Now that is Heaven! 

This weekend will be our annual trip, and since it isn't our first time at the rodeo, we thought we would share a few sure fire tips on what to bring along to make your vacation amazing and seamless. 

Your packing list should include the boring basics... 

*Disposable plates & utensils (Sorry Mother Earth, we got you the rest of the year) 

* Cooking pots, pans & cooking utensils

* Dish soap, sponge, dish towels

* Bath towels

* Camping chairs & firewood

* Sunscreen

Those are the basics... But now for the frills! Our favorite part of this trip is making up a cozy little oasis for our families to chill and to do that you are going to want to bring along a few extras. 

These Gerson lanterns have such a great retro vibe and your kids will love to carry them around they come in red or green. 

The Colman propane stove is a must have especially if you have dietary restrictions or kids that are picky eaters. 

Our mexican blanket collection just won't be stopped. We are absolutely in love with Tribe & True and their selection. You can throw them over picnic benches, spread them out for a picnic or bring them down to the beach. Plus they make everything look prettier. 

Stay snuggly in the Polar Stuff sleeping bag onsie. We can't tell you how obsessed we are with these. 

 

The Fly: watercolor by SleepyBowie

The Fly: watercolor by SleepyBowie

If you couldn't tell already we are also not the biggest bug fans, we don't want to hurt them... We just want them to stay far, far away from us. Tired of the boring citronella candles, we love these pretty terra-cotta pots from Williams-Sonoma. On the complete opposite side of the aesthetics coin is Murphy's Mosquito Candle and although this packaging actually hurts us, this product is legit in so many ways. Not only is it completely DEET free, it is made with blend of numerous essential oils to keep away mosquitos. When you factor in that a portion of the price of each of these candles goes to Nothing But Nets a charity that helps in the fight to prevent Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa this candle is pretty F-Ing beautiful. 

Now even very good people can be very bad people. Once the kids go to bed, gather the parents by the fire and play one of our favorite games ever, Cards Against Humanity! 

So bad... But so, so good. 

Nothing says summer to us like a peach and white whine sangria. So whip up a pitcher and watch the sun go down. You're going to need a pretty pitcher for that beautiful sangria, and why not make it unbreakable. 

Speaking of unbreakable, as all you mamas know our kids are far from it! If you are a helicopter mom like we are then this is the first aid kit for you! Don't leave home without it. It may not be pretty, but it sure has you covered in pretty much every event imaginable... And even the ones your boys get into that you could't even imagine were possible. 

If you need me this weekend, you know where i'll be. 

XOXO- TWH