I grew up with my family in a tent trailer on New Brighton State Beach, California, at the campsite, where we fell asleep while the waves crashed on the shore. Coin showers and drinking water were only a short walk away. My father put Citronella Tiki torches on our website and we unfolded a carpet on which we can wipe our feet. Looking back – now that I've been backpacking for several days, slept in a truck on the side of the road and Skipped for days – I realize that it was a very luxurious way to camp.
Glamping or glamorous camping, is a fast growing market that is expected to generate $ 1 billion in sales in the US by 2024. More people than ever are looking for yurts, tree houses, air streams and other luxury camping facilities. But not everyone can afford to pamper themselves when they go outside. If you want to make your simple campsite a cheap and affordable place, you can add a little shine with these affordable products.
MPOWERD Luci fairy lights ($ 45)
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Brighten up your base camp by lining up 18 feet together glowing lights between the trees or around your tent. The USB and solar battery provides these ten LED nodes with power for 20 hours and charges your device at the same time.
Baffin Cush Booty Loafers ($ 35)
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These extra soft camp booties made from abrasion-resistant, quilted nylon and synthetic filling Keep your feet warm and help you see the glamping part. Non-slip soles protect you around the campfire and a drawstring blocks the heat up to 20 degrees.
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Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes ($ 5)
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If there is no coin-operated shower at your campsite and you want to refresh yourself, you will feel comfortable with these soft viscose towels with aloe vera and vitamin E. revived. They are available in two sizes – extra large and compact – and compostable.
Helinox side table ($ 50)
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Keep your gear off the floor with this compact and stylish table. The 10.5-inch top is ideal for playing card games or snoozing. It weighs only nine ounces and can carry up to four pounds. Three legs made of aluminum alloy keep it stable and a carry bag with drawstring makes it easy to transport.
GSI Outdoor Gourmet Pourover Java Set ($ 40)
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Forget about instant coffee. Make one cup after another every morning with the complete GSI kit, which includes a grinder, a collapsible drip cone and a reusable filter. At less than a pound, it's in your backpack without feeling overcrowded. Simply add the beans of your choice and hot water.
Kelty beast blanket ($ 25)
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Camp blankets can be expensive, but this affordable option from Kelty doesn't save on features. It is packaged to the size of a roll of paper towels and can be machined washed. The polyester fabric and the synthetic Cloudloft insulation are super cozy. Snuggle under the wingspan of six by three feet with a buddy, or pocket yourself to watch the stars.
Yeti Rambler Lowball vacuum cup ($ 20)
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Vino, beer, water, hot chocolate, tea, coffee – no matter which drink you choose, this double-walled, vacuum-insulated mug with 10 ounces fits comfortably in your hand and keeps your drinks at the right temperature. The stainless steel housing and the transparent cover are BPA-free and easy to clean.
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