We all look forward to going on vacation to escape from the weight of everyday life. For many people, the ideal vacation includes beautiful scenery, lakes, and getting in touch with nature. Especially in this modern age, being in nature can be a great way to detox after being so connected to a million devices and electronics for both work and leisure time. Even if you are not an outdoor type of person, there is still a way to appreciate nature and get the camping experience without having to rough it.
What is Glamping?
The word “glamping” is a combination of the words “glamorous” and “camping.” Glamping has gained momentum in the field of outdoor recreation during the past decade and bridges the gap between traditional camping and modern living. Modern conveniences like real mattresses, running water, and flushing toilets can all be found in the world of glamping.
Types of Glamping
Glamping comes in all shapes and sizes, so there is bound to be an option to fit your needs. Camping cabins take you out of the tent and into an actual structure with walls and a roof. You can eliminate setting up a tent and sleeping on an air mattress. Deluxe cabins can offer private bathrooms and even kitchenettes so that your cooking doesn’t have to be done on a fire.
Glamping in a treehouse gives you an extra special view and can take you back to your younger days. Completely enclosed treehouses still offer the modern amenities but still allow you to explore and adventure.
Safari tents are another good way to add a little extra flair to your glamping experience. Even though these are tents made of canvas, they can still offer electricity and fully functioning kitchens.
More variations on traditional tents include yurts and teepees. Yurts are a circular variation on the tent and hail from Asia. They are fully enclosed and can offer running water and electricity along with real beds. Teepees are similar, but based on Native American dwellings. They can also have electricity and fire pits to cook meals.
Getting the Most from Your Glamping Experience
You don’t want to go on vacation to escape from your daily life and come back feeling more exhausted than when you left. That means you need to put getting some good sleep at the top of your priorities list. Whether you are glamping in a cabin, treehouse, or luxury tent, here are some things you can focus on to ensure you get the best rest possible:
Assess Your Surroundings
It can be hard to get restful sleep in a new environment. Your mind may have a hard time relaxing, or you may be on edge because you aren’t sure what to expect. One way to put your mind at ease and gear up for some restful sleep is to assess your surroundings. Make sure that any locks are secure and that you are aware of all exits in case of an emergency. Having a plan will help you to feel safe and to get the best sleep possible.
Being too hot or too cold can keep you tossing and turning all night trying to get comfortable. Luckily, when you are glamping, you have a little more control over the temperature in your accommodations.
If it’s warm when you go to bed, keep some extra blankets nearby in case there is a drastic shift in temperature, and it cools off during the night. If glamping in a humid area, you should look into getting a custom luxury mattress with HyPUR-Flo, which is designed to elevate your mattress about a half-inch off the surface to avoid the moisture and condensation build-up that can occur, consequently leading to mold and mildew issues on your mattress.
Taking some time before bed to practice meditation or breathing exercises will help you unwind after an exciting day out in nature. Think about your breath frequency, take deep breaths, and try to slow down. Breathe deliberately from your diaphragm. Feel your stomach move up and down as you breathe in deeply through your nose and then out slowly from your mouth.
If you are sensitive to unfamiliar sounds when you sleep, then you may want to take some extra considerations when it comes to blocking out the noise. You can use earplugs to completely block out the noise if you sleep better in silence. If you prefer, you can also listen to music or white noise if you need familiar sounds to help lull you to sleep.
Many people are also sensitive to the level of light in your bedroom. If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness, you can look into blackout curtains or use an eye mask to ensure it is dark. If you prefer not to sleep in complete darkness, then you can have a dim light or another form of a nightlight to help illuminate your surroundings and help you feel more at peace.
If you still struggle with sleeping even after controlling the physical atmosphere around you, you may want to think about what other mental or emotional factors may contribute to your difficulties sleeping. For example, the lack of any normal bedtime routines or pent-up stress could be restricting you from having a restful sleep.
Glamping is a luxurious way of enjoying the proximity and peace of nature without losing any measure of discomfort. Using these tips will help you get the sleep necessary to truly enjoy your comfortable, outdoor experience.