6. Bedside Table-You need a place to lay your items on at night. You can use a container or box and lay fabric over. You want to put a small clock, accent lighting, and floral centerpiece on top. It’s also a great place to put your reading material.
7. Music– Lots of people camp to getaway from modern comforts including entertainment. But I love listening to music in the outdoors. I don’t blast it, but we do use our pocket speakers during breakfast, dinner, and sometimes at night before bed. It helps us to relax and have a good time.
8. Camp Stove– Most campsites have a fire pit to use for grilling. But to really enjoy your meals and not waste time lighting and preparing to grill, a camp stove comes in handy.
We have a double camp stove from Coleman that we purchased for our Anastasia Camping trip. This was one of the best camp purchases ever. It’s easy to use and setup. Our meals were perfectly cooked and in a decent amount of time.
Running water is also essential to cooking and having clean dishes. Check to make sure your site offers a water hookup.
9. Dining Table– This was my favorite space to Glamp up! I love a well-dressed table and eating out doors is the perfect setting for a beautiful dining experience.
You can get really fun and creative with your table setting. You want to pick a theme for your table and stick with it. We went with a picnic theme and used bright colorful items. Placemats, dishes, utensils, and tablecloth were all tied into the outdoor theme.
You should also have a fun centerpiece to complete your table. Remember to include citronella candles for accent lighting around the table.
10. Toilet– I saved the best for last. I never thought in a million years that a toilet would be on my Top 10 Glamping Essentials for Family Camping. But the reality is that when it’s pitch black outside the bathroom station can be a very long and lonely walk.
I credit my husband, who is not a Glamper by nature but prefers the more primitive camping experience, for creating a solution for our late night and early morning bathroom needs.
We purchased the plastic toilet cover for cheap. They fit over most 10 gallon utility buckets. We lined the bucket with a tall kitchen garbage bag and put some sand and dirt in the bottom of the bag.
We used lots of Lysol wipes to keep our hands and the seat clean. This was the best idea for our family of small children. My husband discarded the entire bag every morning.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and plan use them for your next family camping experience.
If you have more Glamping Essentials tips that you would like to share, please post them in the comments section.
For more details on our Beach Camping experience at Anastasia State Park check out this post: