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Beach glamping is perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life but don’t want to really “rough it”.
It’s also a great opportunity to escape from technology, commune with nature, and really reconnect with yourself or your family.
7 Things to Keep in Mind While You Plan Beach Glamping
But before you head out on that glamping adventure, make sure you’ve prepared ahead of time by following these seven steps:
1) Figure out which type of campsite you would prefer.
If you’re looking for seclusion and don’t want to be bothered, then choose a remote campsite that is difficult to reach.
If convenience is your goal (you’ll need access to stores or restaurants), then pick one near grocery stores or restaurants.
If you know what restaurants and stores are near the campsite, you can plan your menu before you even get started on planning for other gear. Make sure you plan to take at least one night off and treat yourself!
Find an actual site by doing internet research, asking friends or family about recommendations, or looking online.
Get informed about outdoor safety rules and regulations that are specific to your area so you can know where to settle camp (so you’re not too close to other sites or natural hot spots), how to dispose of waste properly, and where you can hike, walk or bike.
2) Know how many people you’ll have with you.
Make sure there are enough adults on your campsite to do everything you need to do: set up camp, cook, clean, do laundry and maintain general safety.
Figure out how many people will be on the camping trip by checking the maximum occupancy of a campsite (some are for one or two adults only), or estimate based on how comfortable you want to be.
It really depends on if you are planning to commune with nature or hang with friends and family.
3) Prepare your beach glamping gear.
Check expiration dates on food, creating a checklist of what you will need, and making sure all the equipment is in good working order.
It’s also important to note that your gear should be appropriate for the season. For example, if you are planning a summer camping trip, don’t bring winter hiking boots.
You’re going to need reliable gear that is comfortable and durable for all of your outdoor activities—make sure everything works!
Create a checklist of essentials for packing on your glamping trip, including food and clothing, and make sure to purchase or borrow all the equipment you need.
If you are planning to glamp by the ocean or another body of water, including fishing gear and safety equipment like life jackets. If you are planning on hiking or biking, pack appropriate items that will enhance your experience.
4) Decide on your budget.
How much can you comfortably afford for this trip? Meal plans and supplies will be more expensive than a hut rental if you don’t want to cook in your tent, so think about how many meals you really need to prepare.
Can you find food locally that will save on costs or do you have enough money to buy food that will keep safely on a camping trip?
Skip the large price tag and create a meal plan before you plan your camping trip. You can do this by looking for recipe books at the library or online, finding recipes that fit into your budget from websites like Crazy Camping Girl, or asking friends or family members to share their favorite camping recipes.
Once you’ve determined how much food you need to prepare, purchase all the ingredients and gear you’ll need to do so—there is nothing worse than heading into your trip without a main source of food!
5) Map out the route you’ll take.
Make sure to check maps and local conditions before you set off on your trip; there may be road closures or new traffic patterns when planning a beach camping in particular.
New construction or development can affect your driving time, so check your maps and apps before you go. If there is a facebook camping group in your area – try checking in with all of those who might have gone before you.
6) Check the weather.
Check the weather forecast for your trip destination and make sure it’s right for you (i.e., not too hot during summer camping in California). Nothing like being prepared for rain and hauling all those extra tarps to find out that rain wasn’t even hinted at in the forecast. On the other end of the spectrum if it is going to snow – you want to make sure you have gear for staying warm.
7) Do you know the local laws?
Contact the government agency that manages your proposed campsite and make sure you have everything covered.
Often just a little contact information is available on the government agency website – sites like recreation.gov or noaa.gov have more extensive reports about local conditions, and of course, you can always call to make sure you don’t violate any rules.
The last thing you want is a night in jail for setting up your tent the wrong way.
If you are planning on camping in a location that is not typical like a campground (i.e., out of the back of your truck, or off the side of the highway) then it’s important to know if there are any zoning laws that prohibit certain activities and set-ups.
There are usually permits involved as well that you can pay for and obtain from the agency that manages the public lands – make sure you are aware of any fees or rules associated with a government permit.
It’s also important to know which areas are off-limits, so that you don’t accidentally venture into an area where camping is prohibited.
The best way to get the most out of your outdoor adventure is to be informed about what you’re doing before you start. So, figure out which type of camping trip you want and then prepare by knowing how many people will join you, where they will stay at night and what activities are in store for everyone.
As you plan your outdoor adventure, don’t forget to think about what matters most for a successful camping trip. You can look up information on the Internet and in public libraries or consult friends who have already been there. Be sure to take notes and photos as you make plans with your camp mates so that each person knows what they are responsible for.
Finally, don’t forget to go out and have fun!