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What to Expect & How To Prepare For Glamping

By Tanvi Rastogi @tanviidotcom
Finger Lakes, Glamping
Camping has gotten a makeover in recent years - "Glamping". Over the years I have been hearing about glamping resorts all over the world, offering the grandeur of the great outdoors with all the amenities of luxury lodging. This is where stunning nature meets modern luxury. It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts. I had a feeling that, this would be the only form of 'camping' that I could get on board with. 

Few months back, I finally had an opportunity to experience Glamping for the first time at Catharine Cottage via Glamping HubThe cabins are located conveniently to the Watkins Glen area attractions. You can catch the highlights from our weekend under 'Glamping' on my Instagram profile. We visited there right in the middle of spring, and although the colors had not changed yet but it was such a respite from the city life. Especially since we had not traveled anywhere since December and were staying underground all winter. 

Catharine Cottage was a great place to stay. We picked up our keys from the welcome cottage and then were met by Illona upon our arrival and were told about all about the amenities available. The cabin had linens, towels, toiletries as well as a mini refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee maker. They also provide charcoal and utensils for the grills at each cabin as well as supplies for starting a campfire. Fire wood is available for $4.00 which was the only additional charge. I would highly recommend Catharine Cottages for your glamping experience. 

Now if you are a glamping newbie like me, here's what you can expect from your experience in general and prepare for it in advance: 

What to Expect
  • For the most part, cabin camping is very similar to tent camping, with more protection from the elements. You might even think of cabins as hard-shelled tents.
  • Cabins range from basic four-walled structures that contain little more than platform beds and mattresses, all the way up to deluxe cabins with electricity, basic kitchen appliances, and sometimes even air conditioning.
  • That said, even the most deluxe cabins often lack private bathrooms. Sometimes you might have to use the community bathrooms available at your campground. Make sure you read the description before making reservations. 
  • Like tent sites, some cabin sites come equipped with a fire pit and picnic table, but it's always best to confirm what's included before you buy firewood or pack marshmallows.
  • As a rule of thumb, before booking your cabin, it's a good idea to read through the amenities listed on the campground details page so that you know what to expect upon arrival.

How To Prepare

You might be where there is no wifi, or no television, or it might rain and you might get stuck inside, so you must plan to entertain yourself the old school way. Be sure you have a few indoor activities lined up for the family. Some options include, playing card, UNO, Monopoly & Life, etc. Also packing a frisbee, and a ball to toss around on a good day. Toiletry kit
Personally I choose to carry my own basic toiletries and travel size products. Some cabins might have these available but it is better to be prepared, especially if you require specific bath and body products. 

Warm clothes + Shoes

Layers are you best friend while traveling, not matter what season or location. Make sure you have at least one additional layer when traveling anywhere up north. Also, don't forget to pack appropriate shoes if you plan to hike or do other activities. 
I have already done a post on my go-to snacks to pack for traveling (click here). I never, and I repeat never, travel without a bag of snacks. If I want to make sure I stick to my healthy living, and not die of hunger, this is the only way to ensure that. Also, you might be in the middle of the woods with no where to purchase food, that is when you will be glad you packed some snacks of your own. 

Survival Kit

Now this is not a life or death survival kit but somethings you should pack with you in order to make it through your stay. This survival kit includes insect repellent, small can of bug spray, a towel and wash rag, any allergy medicine you may need, flash light and batteries. Pack all of this and I’ll be expecting a thank you letter for making your trip that much more bearable.
Finger Lakes, Glamping
Finger Lakes, Glamping
Finger Lakes, Glamping
Finger Lakes, Glamping
Finger Lakes, Glamping
Finger Lakes, Glamping
Location - Catharine Cottages

Sweater - Nordstrom // Similar Jeans - Joe's Jeans // Same (On Sale!) Shoes - Adidas // Same 

I was a guest of Glamping Hub. All opinions mentioned are my own. 

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