Oh, there's nothing quite like the great outdoors. Oh, but, *sigh*, the sweet creature comforts and plumbing of the indoors. This weekend, I wanted to harness the power of the extremists, the crunchies, the down n' dirty freeze-dried baked bean Clif Bar warriors. But, this weekend I also wanted to gather my best pals for a chill hang and have access to wifi, running water, and cold Chardonnay. Alas! I found the way. I like to think that I found Backyard Glamping, but I think it'd be fair to say that Backyard Glamping found me.
If you haven't heard about this hopelessly millenial and Instagram-driven trend, are you actually living under a rock? If so, get out from under there and grab your gear- we're setting up a magical experience.
I will share with you how I achieved a roughing-it simulation within four feet of my own home.
1. First and foremost, get Shelter. Nothing fancy required, though it depends on the level of glam you're aiming for. I have a standard LL Bean 4 person tent and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up. A few helpful reminders:
- Face that thing westward if you're trying to get adequate beauty rest.
- RAIN FLY! Even if there are no anticipated showers, this will add an extra layer of protection from the elements.
- Never cozy enough- bring the things that make you feel at peace.
2. D E C O R
- Mood is essential. I brought my favorite tapestry and battery-powered copper string lights.
3. T U N E Z
- Yes, it's cute and endearing to have your buddy crooning on his acoustic, but this is GLAMPING. I brought my Bose and hollered at my Spotify Premium account to set the jams.
- In the Moonlight // Blithe Field
- Corona // Calexico
- Halah // Mazzy Star
- Smokey Taboo // Cocorosie
- Creature Comfort // Woods
- About to Die // Dirty Projectors
- Fiya // Tune-yards
- Stoned // Widowspeak
- Lemonade // Braids
- Weird Honey // Elvis Depressedly
- The Night Air // Shady Elders
4. B U Z Z - O F F
- Bug Soother. 'Nuff said.
5. S N A X
- Another obvi.
6. M I S C - F U N
- On account of the New Moon, I brought my Wild Unknown Tarot deck to the tent and got occult with it.
- For non-practicing witches, I'd suggest board games, manicure supplies, coloring books, or literature.
7. G O O D - C O M P A N Y
- Last, but CERTAINLY not least, bring your lovers and friends.