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What to Expect & How To Prepare For Glamping

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Camping has gotten a makeover in recent years - "Glamping". Over the years I have been hearing about glamping resorts all over the world, offering the grandeur of the great outdoors with all the amenities of luxury lodging. This is where stunning nature meets modern luxury. It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts. I had a feeling that, this would be the only form of 'camping' that I could get on board with. 

Few months back, I finally had an opportunity to experience Glamping for the first time at Catharine Cottage via Glamping HubThe cabins are located conveniently to the Watkins Glen area attractions. You can catch the highlights from our weekend under 'Glamping' on my Instagram profileWe visited there right in the middle of spring, and although the colors had not changed yet but it was such a respite from the city life. Especially since we had not travelled anywhere since December and were staying underground all winter. 

Catharine Cottage was a great place to stay. We picked up our keys from the welcome cottage and then were met by Illona upon our arrival and were told about all about the amenities available. The cabin had linens, towels, toiletries as well as a mini refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee maker. They also provide charcoal and utensils for the grills at each cabin as well as supplies for starting a campfire. Fire wood is available for $4.00 which was the only additional charge. I would highly recommend Catharine Cottages for your glamping experience. 

Now if you are a glamping newbie like me, here's what you can expect from your experience in general and prepare for it in advance: 

What to Expect
  • For the most part, cabin camping is very similar to tent camping, with more protection from the elements. You might even think of cabins as hard-shelled tents.
  • Cabins range from basic four-walled structures that contain little more than platform beds and mattresses, all the way up to deluxe cabins with electricity, basic kitchen appliances, and sometimes even air conditioning.
  • That said, even the most deluxe cabins often lack private bathrooms. Sometimes you might have to use the community bathrooms available at your campground. Make sure you read the description before making reservations. 
  • Like tent sites, some cabin sites come equipped with a fire pit and picnic table, but it's always best to confirm what's included before you buy firewood or pack marshmallows.
  • As a rule of thumb, before booking your cabin, it's a good idea to read through the amenities listed on the campground details page so that you know what to expect upon arrival.

How To Prepare

You might be where there is no wifi, or no television, or it might rain and you might get stuck inside, so you must plan to entertain yourself the old school way. Be sure you have a few indoor activities lined up for the family. Some options include, playing card, UNO, Monopoly & Life, etc. Also packing a frisbee, and a ball to toss around on a good day.

Toiletry kit
Personally I choose to carry my own basic toiletries and travel size products. Some cabins might have these available but it is better to be prepared, especially if you require specific bath and body products. 

Warm clothes + Shoes
Layers are you best friend while traveling, not matter what season or location. Make sure you have at least one additional layer when traveling anywhere up north. Also, don't forget to pack appropriate shoes if you plan to hike or do other activities. 

I have already done a post on my go-to snacks to pack for traveling (click here). I never, and I repeat never, travel without a bag of snacks. If I want to make sure I stick to my healthy living, and not die of hunger, this is the only way to ensure that. Also, you might be in the middle of the woods with no where to purchase food, that is when you will be glad you packed some snacks of your own. 

Survival Kit
Now this is not a life or death survival kit but somethings you should pack with you in order to make it through your stay. This survival kit includes insect repellent, small can of bug spray, a towel and wash rag, any allergy medicine you may need, flash light and batteries. Pack all of this and I’ll be expecting a thank you letter for making your trip that much more bearable.

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Location - Catharine Cottages

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Jeans - Joe's Jeans // Same (On Sale!)
Shoes - Adidas // Same 

I was a guest of Glamping Hub. All opinions mentioned are my own. 


  1. That sounds like fun! I love camping so I can only imagine how much glamping is haha!


  2. I don't know! As much as I want to branch out, I think glamping is even too rough for me, LOL!!!!

  3. Great tip about checking what's included! Camping's not camping for me without a fire and s'mores! Thanks for some awesome advice.

  4. This came at the perfect time...my girlfriends and I are going glamping this weekend!

    xx, Danielle | www.pineappleandprosecco.com

  5. Now that's my kind of camping! I have no interest in regular camping, but this I can do!

  6. If I ever go camping, it will definitely only be glamping! It seems like the best of both worlds!

    xx Mollie

  7. Ive never gleamed but have always wanted to. Love this!

  8. I love going glamping!! It's so much easier than a tent. haha. Love your how to article!!


  9. Looks like you are having such a great "me" time at the forest! Love the serenity of this place. Seriously I need thinking doing it too. Thanks for sharing all the tips!

  10. I have never been glamping but it's totally on my bucket list! This is such a cute place to vacation :)

    -xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

  11. This looks like it would be so much fun! The cabin is beautiful too!


  12. Oh I am SUCH a fan of this post! I love glamping - I love to be outdoors and near nature but definitely still like my modern luxuries. Catharine cottages seem beautiful!

  13. We had more fun on our glamping trip last month than we had expected. It is actually fun!

  14. Glamping is latest must do for travelers.
    I guess I will not miss wifi in such glamping spots.

  15. This sounds like so much fun! I like the idea of camping but with comfort!

    Deneale | Goldfields Girl


  16. I used to love camping. And glamping used to b my favourite part because it is way more easier or I would prefer saying better than a tent. I miss my camping days..

  17. I'm not a very "outdoorsy" person, but I could totally go for a trip like this!! Waking up and having coffee outside in the middle of the woods .. so serene!!

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  18. I am all about glamping vs camping! I alway make sure to pack games too

  19. What a lovely place, we love glamping (and camping)!

  20. Those are really nice cabins. I've never been glamping before, it sounds better than regular camping.

  21. Glamping! I like this name. I an adventurous person so camping is my think. I would love to take a trip like this soon.

  22. I love that glamping has become popular in the past years! I'm not the type of girl who likes to sleep in a sleeping bag in a tent, so this is my idea of "roughing it"


  23. Glamping seems like such a lot of fun and little bit more luxurious than traditional camping. I like the thought of being dry and cosy if it rains!

  24. This word is new to me because i always thought camping is not for me! Glamping is such a luxurious way to connect with nature without leaving the basic amenities!!

  25. This is so fun! My boyfriend is always trying to get me to go camping and I told him I am only going glamping lol

  26. I love Fire s'mores. This is one thing that I should not forget when we are in camping.

  27. I want to try glamping so badly! These photos are gorgeous- looks like a truly beautiful place to stay!!

  28. I have had enough bad experiences camping in my childhod and youth to know that I HATE it! LOL!! I agree this is the only kind of camping I could try now, and I think I could "survive the time of a weekend, haha.

  29. I’m not an outdoorsy type gal at all! I’ve never been camping, but I think I may be able to handle it this way. Plus, glamping just sounds fabulous! Xo

  30. [Joining the conversation late] Glamping is good for those intimidated by real camping or wanting an introductory taste of being outdoors. Getting out into nature is refreshing. I prefer the hardships of actual camping because its contrast with modern life reminds us of how cushy our lives have become.


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