Month: June 2013

7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

As much as I like roughing it, adding personal touches to your campsite is a lot of fun. It really makes camping a more memorable experience. Plus, if your campsite is welcoming, then your campground neighbors are likely to stop by and visit. Last year I struck up a conversation with a couple a few campsites over because I liked their papasan chairs. Funnily enough, when we returned to the same campground this year, we ran into them again! It was fun chatting with them and hearing about their adventures camping in the Canadian wilderness.

Glamping Gear - 7 Great Glamping Accessory Ideas

Here are seven glamping gear ideas that I love:

1. Classic Tableware

Paper plates and plastic forks are convenient, but they’re also wasteful. You worked too hard on that gourmet meal to serve it on paper plates. Instead, opt for classic enamelware and real silverware.

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

This dish set from GSI is great because the stainless steel rims protect against chipping. The matching cutlery is also adorable.

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

When it’s time for tea (or instant coffee), you can reach for this enamelware teapot.

2. Set A Pretty Table

The best tablecloths for camping are made of PEVA. PEVA is PVC-free, chlorine-free, phthalate-free and biodegradable, so it makes a great choice for your campsite.

Opt for a tablecloth without a flannel backing. Flannel can soak up water and snags easily on a picnic table.

For an affordable, non-toxic option, try this tablecloth from Walmart or this tablecloth from Menards.

3. Sip in Style

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

I love these glasses made from mason jars from Anthropologie. However, the punched lid design is less than practical. There’s nothing glamorous about bugs in your beverage.

Glamping Gear - 7 Great Glamping Accessory Ideas

Aladdin mason jar tumblers have a closed top. They’re made of BPA free plastic and you can find them at Cabela’s, Target, Kmart and Walmart.

Or you can make your own mason jar tumbler with this DIY from A Farm Wife’s Life.

4. Decorate

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

Some bunting can easily take your campsite from ho-hum to awesome. Check out this bunting on Etsy.

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

If you’re feeling crafty, let this DIY Bunting post over at New Wave Domesticity be your guide.

5. Snuggle Up

Whether new or vintage, a wool camp blanket is useful and beautiful. I have a vintage yellow camp blanket with cream stripes ($3 at an estate sale, yay), as well as two Pendleton camp blankets from REI. I use them in the summer for camping. Come winter, I use them for extra warmth on our beds at home.

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

You could go for the legendary (but pricy) Hudson Bay 6 Point Blanket.

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

Pendleton also has a lovely series of wool blankets inspired by National Parks.

6. Take a Seat

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

Though we have the plasticky chairs with cup holders, I’ve had my eye on these classic camp chairs from Byer of Maine for a while.

Glamping Gear - 7 Glamping Accessory Ideas

These camp stools are super cute and have great reviews as well! Just add a little table and you’re all set.

7. Enjoy the Comforts of Home

Well, most of them anyway. If your site has electric, you can bringing a variety of creature comforts from home. A box fan is awesome to have; it will chase away bugs and keep you cool. Bring your crock pot for easy meals. I’ve even seen someone camping with her coffee maker. I guess she couldn’t do without a perfectly brewed cup of coffee in the morning. Just one request: please leave the TV at home :)

What do you do to make your site extra-special? I’d love to hear your ideas. Also, be sure to check out my glamping board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Scuppernong Prairie Hike

This week I hiked the beautiful Scuppernong Prairie in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. If you’re camping in Pine Woods or Ottawa Lake campgrounds, I highly recommend this hike. It winds through small wooded areas, huge prairies dotted with Burr Oaks and a rocky area that has several rare ferns.

Expansive prairie

Location: Near Eagle, WI
Trail: The Ice Age Trail from Hwy. 67 to Hwy. 59
Distance: 5.2 miles one-way
Trail Map

Here’s what I saw along the trail.

White Campion
White Campion
Spiderwort
Spiderwort
Potentilla
Potentilla
Bobolink
Bobolink
Prairie Phlox
Prairie Phlox
Common Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Thistle
Thistle
Black-Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan
Northern Bedstraw
Northern Bedstraw
Goatbeard
Goatbeard
Wild Rose
Wild Rose
Unusual flowering fern - not sure of the name
Unusual flowering fern – not sure of the name
Solomon's Seal
Solomon’s Seal
Smooth Cliffbrake
Smooth Cliffbrake
Field Mouse-ear
Field Mouse-ear

Camping Menu Planner

Summer is in full swing, and I am planning all our weekend camping trips. I created this menu planner to make shopping, prep and packing easier.

Menu Planner for Camping. Perfect for weekend trips!

The camping menu planner has five sections you can complete: day, menu, grocery list, supply list and prep list. It will keep you organized when you’re trying to think through everything you’ll need to prepare meals at the campsite. The menu planner is for a weekend camping trip, but you can print out extra copies if you’re planning a longer trip.

Menu Planner for Camping. Perfect for weekend trips!

Here are the downloadable versions of the camping menu planner:

Menu Planner for Camping. Perfect for weekend trips!
PDF Printable Camping Menu Planner

 

MS Word Editable Camping Menu Planner
MS Word Editable Camping Menu Planner

Also, be sure to check out my matching printable camping checklist!