8 New Camping Trends That Are Way Comfortable
All the childhood dreams, none of the sleeping on rocks
It happens to the best of us: Summer hits. You hear the call of the wild. You want to commune with nature. But you just really like modern conveniences--like pillows. Good news! The camping scene has been drastically updated (think gourmet s’mores and actual showers). Here are eight ways to have a totally comfortable, enjoyable and all-around delicious camping experience (without sleeping on the ground with a rock in your back).
SLEEP IN A TREE HOUSE
Live out your childhood dreams of hanging out all night in a tree house--just now with running water and a comfy bed (oh, and a toilet). Airbnb now offers little cottages from Georgia to Hawaii, and even in the U.K., for an elevated camping experience like none other. We’re about to book the one with a wood-fired lunar sauna.
You’re a grown woman: You should wear only nice lingerie and you should never be caught in a sleeping bag. A portable inflatable mattress and frame is your MO for sleeping alfresco. Not only is it better for your back, but it means you’ll be off the ground and away from any creepy crawlies. Not today, night bugs. Not. Today.
Inflatable EZ Bed (from $199)
EAT COOL CAMPFIRE FOOD
Let’s cut to the chase-- vacation is as much about the food as anything else, and your pleasant camping jaunt is no exception. These days, food-lovers pack gourmet mint chocolates for "Grasshopper S'mores," and retro foil-wrapped campfire dinners are back. Skip the work of cooking them yourself and get one at Cracker Barrel. They have all the juicy chicken, corn, and potatoes your heart desires. Bon appetite!
Cracker Barrel Campfire Meals (Starting at $9.99)
MAKE IT TWINKLE
Hang your own battery-powered string lights around your camp, because they’re pretty. Enough said.
FILL A GROWLER WITH ICED COFFEE
Hey, just because you’re spending a few days off the beaten path doesn’t mean all lifelines need to be cut. Stick this in your cabin’s mini fridge or in a cooler. And if your camping trip is on the shorter side, a super-cute S’well steel water bottle will also do the trick.