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Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

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Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

What do you get when you pair camping with some glam? Glamping! This is far from being a useless term, invented by chicks who want to stand out on Instagram. At least not these days, when we all stay connected 24/7 and most of us have no idea how to light a fire in the woods. Glamping is the perfect choice when you are planning a family trip, because it will make your life easier and the kids will enjoy the time they spend in nature, without complaining at every step they take.

There are many types of glamping, from the minimal to the most extreme, so you can choose how far to go. When I first tried this new trend, I did it because I was tired to wake up stiff after each night of camping, so I went for the moderate type of glamping.

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Here are the most useful things you need to have to glam up your camping game. Of course, you need to have the basic camping gear first, then add these to it.

1. Lighting gadgets

The lighting gear for basic camping can be reduced to a couple of flashlights, but for glamping you need something better. Go for hanging lights, which can be placed around the camp to provide some light and keep the animals away. If you want to go really posh, pick colored hanging lights or Arab-style ones, which are going to provide soft light and patterns. The more functional version is the bug repellent camping lantern, which lights up your way and repels bugs.

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2. Air mattresses

These are the base of any glamping, so make sure you invest in high-quality air mattresses for your glamping needs. The best are the king size ones, which provide you with all the comfort you need. However, you need to make sure the mattress is going to fit into the tent. You can find a lot of high-quality air mattresses on sale, but if you don’t afford them, try to crowdfund this glamping gear, because it’s essential.

3. High-quality bedding and pillows

It’s glamping, so you need your silk bedding! Bring your best bedding to your glamping trip and you will never want to return to that sleeping bag again. The experience of glamping is all about comfort in the heart of nature and high-quality bedding is a must in order to make you most comfortable.

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Apart from a mattress and bedding, you need pillows: lots of them!

4. Rugs

There is no glamping without rugs. I prefer a large rug, which can be placed inside the tent. This way, you can go barefoot in the tent, provided that you closed the net, so there won’t be any bugs around. You can also get smaller rugs, which can be placed outside the tent, to create a posh entrance.

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5. Smart gadgets for smart glamping

When you go glamping you want to take lots of pictures and have lots of fun, but you also need to be somewhat connected to the world. This means you will have to take some gadgets with you. First, you need a portable phone charger, which ensures you will never run out of phone battery. You can also pair it with a waterproof, self-charging phone case. For the kids and your fishing enthusiast you should take a couple of RC boats, which can allow you to enjoy an engaging game of sailing in nature. Better than Pokemon Go!

6. A portable toilet

When you are glamping you don’t want to go out to the toilet in the woods or at the special station. Luckily, you can bring your own loo, so invest in a portable toilet, which can provide you with the home comfort.

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After you set up your camp, which should take about one hour, you can sit back on the pillows and enjoy a glass of wine, along with some tasty glamping snacks. This is how millennials go camping!

Featured photo credit: BlondeAbroad/theblondeabroad via theblondeabroad.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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