Glamping versus Camping With Children

Jess McGlynnSeptember 16, 2014

We have now done both camping and glamping with our children and I can, hand on heart say, that whilst glamping is inevitably more expensive than a regular old camping trip, when it comes to going away with children, you can’t beat it.

Here’s why:

Glamping takes out the need to bring your tent/beds/bedding/cooking stove etc and all the other accoutrements you might need to pack in order to have a successful weekend away.  Why?  Because it’s already there!  This is incredibly desirable when you have children and you have to pack everything and then some.

This year we went without our gigantic all terrain pushchair and the boot of our car was still full to the brim so I have no idea how we would have managed regular camping without taking a second car or purchasing a trailer.

This might just apply to my children but when we last went camping, we had to turn our tent into Fort Knox, buying padlocks which we could place on every zip compartment available.  This was to stop Eli deciding he wanted to get out of said tent and opening the nearest window and crawling out.  Unfortunately, we discovered this the hard way and had to make a mad dash to the nearest hardware shop.

This doesn’t happen when you are glamping because there is only one way in and one way out of a bell tent.  As a parent you can man the entrance or set up suitable obstacles to ensure there are no little escapees when you aren’t watching.

On this trip we also had to make creative use of windbreaks hammered right down into the ground, and the caravan next door to create an enclosure which stopped Eli from escaping…possibly not every child would be like this!

If you are a regular on the camping scene then you will no doubt have been lucky enough to experience the ‘let’s all sit in the car and wait for Daddy to put the tent up’ type of scenario.  I remember it from my own childhood and I certainly remember trying to entertain two young children in the limited confines of our car whilst the rain hammered down and James desperately tried to get the tent up in rapid time.  Had we not had the assistance of several other campers on that particular trip, I very much imagine we would have been heading for home the very same day!

With glamping there is none of this as you simply turn up and settle in to your already constructed tent.  Genius!  This is particularly helpful if you get delayed or end up arriving in the dark.  Not mentioning any names for that one…

Arrive in the dead of night if you so choose, it will be all ready and waiting.

Glamping really does take the effort out of camping and I think that although you may not get the full ‘experience’ that goes along with camping, it certainly takes many of the complications out, which can be vitally important when you have young children.  

It was refreshing to simply have to pack our clothing and some food and then turn up at the site.  I’m not all that enthusiastic about camping, but James is, so we got to have the best of both worlds.  I was in relative comfort (although it still gets cold and there is still a need to venture out into the pitch black if you need the toilet in the middle of the night etc…) but James got to have a little bit of camping fun with the kids, which they all really enjoyed.

Although some people would no doubt feel that it isn’t really a camping trip unless you are roughing it, I would definitely recommend glamping for families with children, and those who like the idea of getting close to nature and the outdoors, but aren’t necessarily ready to go the whole hog!

Have you been glamping before or would you prefer to go camping?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!


  • Louise Fairweather

    September 16, 2014 at 13:28

    Glamping is on my to do list for next year. Will be using this post to convince my husband!

  • Happy Homebird

    September 25, 2014 at 20:52

    I really want to go glamping. The picture with all the fairy lights, sigh, so pretty. Thanks for the useful info.

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