A 2018 Ohio Travel Leadership Academy graduate, Certified Travel Ambassador, published author, and founder of the "Day Trips in Ohio" private Facebook group, Tonya is a former full-time RVer and aspiring van camper who balances her time between traveling with her husband's job, cherishing moments with her grandkids, and plotting her next road trip.
Are you itching to get outdoors but don’t have time to pack up for the weekend? Pick out a camping site at your house and give glamping at home a try.
I know it’s winter and glamping in your backyard may be the last thing on your mind. I get it. But, in my experience, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead and gather materials so when warmer weather rolls around, you’re ready to hit the ground running.
I seem to always have glamping on the brain so I collect things here and there so when Ohio’s winter is over, I can get straight to work planning a beautifully decorated tent for an at-home getaway.I especially loved how this southwest inspired teepee tent turned out.
Glamping at Home
I love to travel. I mean, really love it. But there are times when we’ve been short on time, money and energy to travel far from home.
On those occasions, it’s nice to know you can go glamping in your backyard and feel like you've escaped somewhere really special.
Our first DIY backyard glamping experience was wonderful but honestly, who has time to build a glamping tent every time they want to camp? Not I! Or I guess I should say my husband since he built it last time.
We needed an alternative and as soon as I spotted this tent the creative juices began to flow. On a whim, I bought the tent and set out to create a memorable and romantic glamping experience in our woods. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the finished product!
You could easily recreate this or something similar at your house for a couples getaway, a self-care retreat, or as a fun family outing. Zip up the tent and it feels like you're a million miles away from home.
I've gathered a list of all the items that I used, as I ordered quite a few from Amazon. If I couldn't find the exact item, I found a few alternatives but keep in mind as far as accessories go, look around your house and incorporate some of them in your design to save money.
First things first, you can't go glamping without a tent and this one is really affordable. It claims to fit 7 people, which I think is a stretch but if you're glamping, you may be looking for a bit of romance and extra people would only kill the vibe. This is a great size for two. Let's leave it at that.
After selecting the tent, I moved on to the mattress. I could have opted to use our van camping mattress like we did with our first glamping experience but that would have meant toting the mattress to the woods and believe it or not, those memory foam mattresses are heavy! Plus, I wanted a queen size mattress.
I selected a mattress similar to this with the raised bed so it's easy to get in and out of bed. The mattress also has comfort coils for added support and a built-in pump makes it easy to inflate.
Since I can't ever seem to find sheets to fit my air mattress right, I've given up. Now I use my foam topper for my bed and put it in a duvet cover. The cover keeps the topper clean and it feels just like you're laying on a sheet. You can add a top sheet if you desire, but you probably already have one that will work.
I used several of these in my tent and encourage you to do the same. You can never have too many layers and these coarse blankets add texture. Plus, they are perfect to pull off the bed and use them to wrap around yourself when you're sitting around the fire or stargazing.
One can never have too many pillows when you're glamping. These pillow covers are cute with the decorative button. Just make sure you buy the right size insert as it's a bit bigger than the 18 x 18 inch pillow covers and pillow inserts I shared above.
In addition to throwing a selection of pillows on the bed, you'll also want some on the floor of the tent as well to soften things up and give it a cozy feel. The more fabric and textures the cozier the tent will become.
Just like fabric, you can never have too many fairy lights in your glamping tent. I used these in the chandelier I made (more on that in a bit) and inside the small basket I had to provide some light. When its time for lights out you can simply point and click your remote and don't even need to slip out of bed. I ordered several of these as you can never have too many lights.
I also couldn't find the deer head that I upcycled for my glamping at home experience but thought this was cute. You could paint it or leave it as it is and sit it inside one of the larger hyacinth baskets and sit it at the base of the turquoise stand below.
You don't have to decorate outside or you could go all out and extend the decor inside the tent to the outside. I opted to keep things simple with a burlap banner that I simply hung from the tent to a nearby tree.
I know glamping can be a bit of work when you’re pulling it together yourself. If you’re not the type to enjoy the design and decorating process, you may prefer to seek out rental options like these treehouses in Ohio and here are some other really unique spots.
Have you ever given glamping a try? Leave us a comment and tell us all about it.