Luxury camping (also known as glamping) is a popular modern way to vacation. Most people think extravagant camping just means more money. But with careful research, you can get well-priced camping gear to turn your “roughing-it” trip into a comfortable hiatus. These are just a few of the “must-haves” for camping in luxury.

Camping Hammock

Sleeping on the ground is never comfortable, and air mattresses and cots can get pricey. Opt out for a cocoon hammock. You will be amazed how comfy hammocks can be, and the netted cover will keep you safe from pesky bugs. Plus, you don’t have to worry about spending extra money on that glamorous 10-person tent.

Heavy-duty Phone Case

If you are luxury camping, you will more than likely have your phone with you. The outdoors has never been a friendly place for cell phones. Invest in a heavy-duty phone case to protect your phone from water, rocks, and other elements that might cause it harm. This is a small price to pay to protect your valuable phone.

Portable Stove

Avoid the trouble of making a fire by bringing your own mobile cooking device. Although a portable stove is more expensive than a handy match is, this is the perfect gadget if you don’t like coming home from a camping trip smelling like a forest fire.

Hand-Crank Flashlight

But not just any hand-crank flashlight. To camp in luxury, get a hand-crank flashlight that includes FM radio, emergency siren, USB plug-in for your phone, and a built-in alarm clock. Flashlights like this can be purchased for less than $30 and will be the gem of your luxury camping gadget collection.

Portable Sink

A clean camper is a happy camper in the luxury camping world. Keep up your bathroom routine in the outdoors with a portable sink. Some sinks include a place to put toothbrushes, razors, soap, and even a mirror. With a portable sink, your days of dirty fingernails and bad breath while camping will be over.

—Cherie Top

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