The Difference Between Camping and Glamping

The Difference Between Camping and Glamping

Chances are that in recent years you might have heard of this fast-emerging and popular trend called Glamping. 

Aptly named, what springs forth to your head when you first hear the word is probably on the right track. Indeed, my first impression was a vast tent interior with facilities and decor fit for a Disney princess. (think something like this) 

However, it turns out that like camping, there are quite a lot of intricacies that come with the relatively new field of Glamping. 

It’s not just crazy teepees and warm showers (although there's a lot of that).

So essentially, Glamorous Camping, or Glamping as it is more commonly known, is camping with access to facilities and amenities that you would not usually associate with conventional camping. 

Think of it as having access to a warm shower, a ton more space, a normal mattress with a bedframe and pillows, among other comforts that we all know and love.

Emerging in spaces such as national parks and music festivals, it is a trend that has gained a lot of steam over the last ten years, so much so as of 2018 Glamping is now a word in the Miriam Webster dictionary. 

You’re probably still wondering what exactly is the difference between the two. I mean, are they really that different other than a few extra comforts? Or are they a completely different concept that needs addressing. 

Let’s find out. 

What Are the Differences? 

Now as you’ve probably guessed, there are quite a few factors that come into play when discussing the nuances and differences that exist between these two beloved outdoor activities. 

So I've outlined some of the more popular aspects of camping and why they differ from the new kid on the block, Glamping.

The Equipment 

Camping

In the standard practice of camping your time out in nature will usually be made worse or better by how well you’ve prepared for your journey in regards to the things that you’ve decided to bring with you on your equipment list. 

If you’re going camping you’ll probably be planning if you’re going to pack heavy or light, how much and what type of food you’re going to bring, what tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping bag you’ll be bringing. 

Picnic tables and fire pits are things to consider, for example.

As you can tell, the list goes on. 

Glamping

The interesting thing about glamping is that depending on the manner of glamping you’re going to be engaging in, your equipment list can wildly differ. I mean, in the most glamorous of circumstances, you may not have to bring any camping equipment whatsoever. 

the interior of a glamping tent with a bed and shelves

As glamping tends to have quite a large number of amenities and facilities available, you might be able to skip out on items such as a portable charger, portable solar-powered items, cooking utensils, and of course your campaign equipment such as your sleeping bag and tent. 

Maybe even your toothbrush! 

When many more things are provided for you, the list of essentials tends to diminish. 

The Accommodation 

Camping

When you think of camping, the first thing that springs to ones mind is frequently the image of a tent outside in a gorgeous natural setting. 

Camping, as is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary, is “the act of staying and sleeping in an outside area for one or more days and nights, usually in a tent” 

Often this is necessary to protect yourself from the elements and the flora and fauna that surrounds your campsite while you're camping. 

A good tent can often make a big difference in your camping experience.

Of course, there exist exceptions to this rule. You don’t have to sleep in a tent in sleeping bags to say that you’ve gone on a camping trip. Some people sleep in hammocks, while others prefer to sleep in the open under the stars (such as on the beach.

Glamping

The accommodation in Glamping tends to be a bit different from our trusty image of a tent swaying softly in the breeze under some trees in a campground. 

For one, there are a few different tiers of Glamping, let’s say. To name a couple: 

Cabins (or Tent Cabins)

You’re probably familiar with this one already. Many national parks and most campsites of this ilk will have the option to sleep in a cabin in a bed, with some standard and indeed most deluxe editions normally containing all the amenities of a standard home (kitchen, bathroom, etc)

glamping cabins near the mountains

Glamping Tents

So think the size of a 10+ person tent designed for 2 people with a bunch of cool stuff inside. Obviously, these can vary in size, however, more space and the comfort of a bedroom with the facilities you’d expect in your household are what tents like this usually possess. 

It’s a pretty crazy upgrade from your classic one-person tent and sleeping bag combo. 

Technology 

Camping

There are a million reasons to go camping, however, one of the main ones tends to be disconnecting from the process and routine of daily life and leaving the ever-present grip of technology behind. 

Put the phone down, put the laptop away and throw that PlayStation into the river (ok maybe not that far) 

You get the picture. 

A technological detox is something that is becoming ever more and more valuable in the information age of hyperconnectivity. 

And camping is one of the most accessible activities that offer that.

Glamping

Now, onto our more Glamorous friend.

For one, you’re probably going to have a Wi-Fi connection if you’ve booked a glamping experience. 

You’ll also commonly have access to charging ports for your phones, laptops, and other devices. 

Not to mention you’ll also most likely have a fully functioning kitchen and bathroom, meaning you can have a nice warm shower (hopefully) and emerge to cook some tasty stir fry over your quality induction stove. 

You might even have dining areas to eat it in.

In short, it feels just like all the stuff you have at home. 

A view of some trees from the inside of a tent

Summary

So basically, whatever camping destinations you're heading out to, whether you're taking the glamping destination route or taking a more classical approach, the reality is quite simple.

They aren't really that different.

Your lodging, site, or whether or not you're camp routine is laden with luxury isn't the most important aspect to explore and experience the nature of your country.

You're still going out to the great outdoors, whether that is a state park or some gorgeous hiking locations.

You'll still be able to go horseback riding if you really want, make some fire rings (or a fire pit), go water skiing, and fishing.