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Equip: Glamping Essentials, Week of July 13th

Getting lost in nature and disconnecting from everything for a few days might sound appealing to some people. But if the thought of cutting yourself off from any semblance of modernity sounds more stressful than relaxing, you might consider glamping instead.

This style of camping lets you enjoy many of the luxuries of everyday life while still communing with nature. The following glamping essentials will make your stay in the backcountry all the more comfortable.

1. BigBlue 3 USB Ports 28W Solar Charger

If you love camping but hate the idea of disconnecting from the rest of the world while in the wilderness, this solar charger is for you. It powers up to three devices at once using only the sun’s rays. It also folds up for easy storage and weighs just over a pound for lightweight, portable power you can depend on.

$79 from Amazon

2. Mad Mats Oriental Turkish Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat

Dress up your campsite and keep your feet clean with an oriental outdoor mat. These colorful mats are made of recycled polypropylene and measure six by nine feet. They’re also fairly breathable, meaning they dry quickly and don’t absorb much heat from the sun, keeping your bare feet cool and comfortable.

$157 from Amazon

3. ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table

Skip eating meals on a picnic blanket and dine in style with the ALPS Mountaineering dining table. This aluminum table is sturdy, yet it’s lightweight enough to take anywhere and comes in three different sizes. Plus, the tabletop and frame collapse and fit into a shoulder bag for easy carrying.

$90 from Amazon

4. Ivation Portable Outdoor Shower

There’s no need to bathe in the lake when you have this portable shower. The built-in lithium battery allows for 60 minutes of showers on a single charge. Easily recharge it with a car adapter or USB cord. The showerhead even comes with a hook and suction cup so you can hang it anywhere.

$50 from Amazon

5. Coleman Camping Cot

Skip sleeping on the cold, hard ground and snooze comfortably on the Coleman Camping Cot instead. This three-piece set comes as a twin or queen and includes side tables, an air mattress and a sturdy steel cot. It also comes with a battery-powered pump for easy inflation.

$195 from Amazon

6. JBL Pulse 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Kick-start your glamping trip with some tunes! At just under three pounds, the JBL Pulse 4 speaker is the epitome of packable. In addition to pumping out tunes for up to 12 hours, the Bluetooth speaker is also waterproof and features a 360-LED, sound-responsive light show.

$250 from Amazon

7. Handspresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Machine

Who says you can’t enjoy an espresso while camping? Take your morning routine to the next level with this portable espresso machine. Simply place the pod inside or fill the head with ground espresso and watch it brew.

$83 from Amazon

8. Mystical Fire

Impress your buddies with a technicolor bonfire by tossing in a few Mystical Fire packs. Each one contains a powder colorant that’ll turn your flames blue, green, purple and yellow. Buy them in a pack of six, 12, 25 or even 50 and use a few at a time for longer-lasting color.

$10 from Amazon

9. DANCHEL Cotton Bell Tent

Get all the likes on Instagram with this teepee-style glamping tent. The DANCHEL Cotton Bell Tent is rainproof, windproof and snowproof and features two stove jackets in the top cover so you can safely heat the interior. It’s also available in three-, four- and five-meter diameters.

$460 from Amazon

10. Trillium 3-Person Hammock

If you’re glamping alone, a one-person hammock will suffice. However, if you’re bringing your friends along, you’ll need something a bit larger. Try the Trillium 3-Person Hammock. Its innovative design features more than 20 meters of webbing and three anti-roll straps to keep each person in their own sleeping bay throughout the night.

$300 from Tentsile

11. Garden Solar Lights

Create a romantic ambiance at your campsite with crystal ball string lights. Each string is 24 feet long and features 50 waterproof LED lights. Plus, they’re solar-powered so you can hang them anywhere the sun shines, making them a perfect addition to your glamping trip.

$26 from Amazon

12. V&O Large Tank Camper Brass Trim Oil Lantern

If you’re in the mood for light from a real flame, opt for this brass oil lantern. V&O’s large model holds 36 ounces of oil for 45 hours of burn time. Each lantern is only 1.35 pounds, too, allowing you to carry a few to your campsite for the weekend.

$29 from Amazon

Which Glamping Gear Should You Buy?

The best part of glamping is there’s almost no limit to what you can bring with you. Whether you prefer to sleep on a cot or simply must have espresso each morning, there’s glamping gear out there for you.

With that in mind, you should buy whatever makes you most comfortable. Then, head into the wilderness with your buddies and enjoy the scenery — as well as your usual creature comforts.

Oscar Collins