My husband and I disagree - I think we went camping, he doesn't. In fact, I think we may have fallen into the 'glamping' category, but that word is just... not good. We spent two nights in a rustic wood cabin which was equipped with bunk beds, two futons, a mini-fridge, stove-top, electricity, and a fan. It did not come with bedding or dishes or a bathroom. In any case, we had a great time, and here's what I learned from our rookie 'camping' trip!
When deciding on a packing list, envision how said items will fit in the car. Having to bring our own bedding meant that we needed 3 top sheets, 3 blankets, and 4 pillows. That alone takes up an extremely large amount of space. Perhaps seasoned campers skip the pillows? Or perhaps I could have chosen flatter ones to bring.
Try to buy wine with a screw cap. hahaha... I actually did try to do this but the wine we wanted had a cork, so we made sure to bring our opener along. We also made sure to pre-grind our coffee beans, and bring coffee mugs. I took the kids with me to pick out some 'special treats' before we left, which included Frozen paper cups, Dory napkins, and mini-cereals that came in their own bowls.
Bring candles, or other 'nice' things to brighten up your rustic space. At the last minute I threw some glass jars and tea lights into my bag, and I was so thankful! After the kids went to bed, I tidied up and lit candles around our little space. It was so relaxing to have nothing else to do except read by candle-light... no laundry to worry about or bathrooms to clean. Speaking of which, the shared bathroom was about a 2-minute walk from our cabin, and it was decent. The kids both have aversions to outhouses and will not use them, but this 'modern' bathroom met their expectations.
Pre-prep veggies and fruits, and plan exactly what to bring for meals. I didn't want to just live on chips for three days, although I'm pretty sure we went through three bags:( Preparing veggies beforehand was a great time saver and ensured we got some vegetables in our dinners. We roasted potatoes, cauliflower, and carrots over the fire... and while the potatoes were a bit of a fail the other two were delicious.
Even though the weather forecast was hot, hot, hot, I packed long pants and t-shirts for all of us. We put them on around dinner, and they helped keep the bugs away. We also brought bug spray, of course, but didn't have to use it much other than around ankles and feet.
Poor Poppy skipped a couple naps, so by the end of the day she was pretty tired. She's quite the trooper though...always up for anything and not afraid to put her feet in the water, get muddy, or climb a ridiculously high play structure that was right around the corner from us!
If you are ever interested in renting a Hecla cabin, they go on sale in March/April when the provincial campsites open. I logged on around 9am when the system opened at 7, and was only able to get 2 consecutive nights - and they were a sunday/monday. Next year I may try to log on right when it opens, and get 3 or 4 nights. There are a handful of deluxe cabins that are pretty much lake front, and it would be fun to invite some friends or family out to join us.
Here's a few glamping links that caught my eye...
This campsite in mexico looks amazing... and $40 per night?!
Or how about this one - the Tin Poppy?
And lastly, here's what a $1500/night glamping experience will get you!