Camping Vs Glamping – Which Is Better?

There was a time when the only way to experience the great outdoors was pitching a tent and camping. Over recent years, the tides have changed. Glamping has witnessed a rapid rise in popularity, and it isn’t difficult to distinguish why.

As the name suggests, glamping is camping with a touch more glam.

Like camping, glamping involves camping out in the countryside, with nature on your doorstep and adventure a stone’s throw away. Unlike camping, you don’t have to worry about pitching a tent, fetching water, or building a fire to combat the cold.

Sounds great, right? But is it really any better than camping?





Campsites are usually found in a farmer’s field in the heart of the countryside. You turn up, pitch your tent and call it home for the duration of your stay without any modern conveniences to distract you. If you’re camping off grid, away from a campsite, make sure the area is safe and allows for campers. There’s nothing worse than being attacked by an irate farmer or randy bull.



Like campsites, most glampsites are situated in the middle of the countryside. Unlike campsites, they offer lots of weird and wonderful places to stay, ranging from big bell tents and yurts to cosy wood cabins and treehouses. There are even glampsites with shipping containers, gypsy caravans, hobbit houses and geodesic domes you can sleep in. How cool is that?



Whilst yurts and bell tents aren’t too pricey to stay in, accommodation that wouldn’t look out of place in a J.R.R. Tolkien novel doesn’t come cheap. If you’re on a tight budget, glamping is best avoided. After all, some campsites provide a place to pitch for as little as £5.00 a night.


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Amenities at most campsites are limited. Supposing that there isn’t a communal shower, you may have to fetch water to cook, clean and wash from the nearest stream. If you’re lucky, there might be a toilet nearby. If not, you’ll have to use the bushes. As for charging your phone, a lot of campsites don’t even have an electrical access point. Oh, the horror!



Lodgings at glampsites are luxury in comparison. Many have a private toilet and shower whilst some even have a bath to relax in. Electrical access points allow you to charge your phone so you can take some holiday snaps when exploring the countryside. As for cleaning dirty dishes, you can do it in the sink.




Are running water and electricity really that important when you’re camping? Most of us go camping to reconnect with nature and experience life without any luxuries. Having said that, after a five-mile hike to a megalithic burial site, there’s nothing quite like a hot bath or shower.


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Storing Food

Forget about a fridge. When it comes to camping, you have to rely on food that can be stored in a cool, dry place, such as vegetables, tinned food, rice and cous-cous.



Preparing meals is easier said than done. Sure, you can take a chopping board with you, but you’ll still need a solid surface to place it on. If push comes to shove, you may have to balance it on your knee.



For traditionalists, a campfire and a pot are the only way to cook a meal or boil water for a cup of tea. If that sounds like a hard slog, you could always take a portable camping stove to cook on.



Storing Food 

Many glampsites provide you with a small fridge to store food and keep it fresh. If you’re longing for a bacon sandwich in the morning, there’s no need to fret.



Cookware, utensils and an electric kettle are usually provided, making preparing meals a breeze. As for a solid surface, most lodgings have a worktop or table you can use.



Some lodgings have an oven to cook in and an outdoor barbecue, meaning you can rustle up some seriously gourmet meals. Others aren’t too different to campsites, providing you with little more than an outdoor fire pit and a metal grill to cook on.




One of the bugbears of camping is how much cooking equipment you have to take with you. That’s on top of everything else you have to carry. On the plus side, cooking a one pot meal on a camping stove means you can be a lot more creative. Anyone fancy stroganoff made with tinned beef and cream of mushroom soup? Yum!


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It would be foolish to think you can replicate all of your home comforts when you’re camping. Sleeping on a sleeping mat with nothing but the ground to support you is never going to be as comfortable as a snug mattress and solid bedframe. Sleeping bags are also pretty restricting, especially when nature calls and you need to rush to the toilet at two o’clock in the morning.


If you’re looking for comfort, glamping leads the way. Many lodgings have a comfy mattress and bedframe to sleep on. They also have duvets and pillows rather than a sleeping bag and rolled up jumper. Other lodgings, such as yurts and bell tents, may require you to bring your own bed. Fortunately, they’re spacious enough to accommodate a luxury airbed.


When it comes to camping, your best bet is to invest in an extra-thick sleeping mat. As a general rule, the thicker the mat, the more comfortable it is to sleep on. Alternatively, you could invest in a larger tent with a bigger bedroom and enough space for an inflatable airbed


For a true outdoor experience, stick to camping. Sure, you’ll have to live life on the wild side, but that’s what makes it so damn special. All the mishaps and misadventures you’ll encounter along the way are the foundations that memories are built on.

Besides, you can easily transform your campsite into a scaled-down glampsite by taking the right equipment with you when you’re camping, such as chairs to sit on and a table to prepare a meal. View the full range of Trail camping equipment online now!

If you like the sound of camping but not sure where to start, why not check out our other blog on Essential Things You Need For Camping.



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