Can you go glamping in winter?

If your knees are knocking and your lips have turned blue at the thought of winter camping, worry not. Glamping is a great alternative that’ll allow you to get out and about in nature without enduring freezing nights or soggy tents. Many Caravan and Motorhome Club sites are open all year round, even when the mercury drops. So, here’s what you need to know.

Is it too cold to glamp in the winter?

Absolutely not. Even when there’s snow on the ground you can still enjoy a wonderful glamping experience thanks to well-insulated and heated glamping facilities that’ll keep you warm, dry and cosy. This means you can set off on a long hike through the woods, explore icy lakes, climb snow-topped cliffs and mountain ranges before making your way back to accommodation that’s both luxurious and welcoming. With plenty of warm running water available, you can also take a long hot shower and wash away the day’s excitement in style.  

What type of glamping accommodation is available?

When it comes to glamping, there are many options available to you depending on the time of year and the experience you’d prefer. During winter, many sites offer wooden glamping pods that are designed to accommodate the changing seasons, and are therefore open all year round. Well-insulated with double glazing, and with a host of home comforts including lighting and heating, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a heart-warming holiday with your loved ones. As glamping pods also come with showers and toilets inside, you won’t have to go outside when there’s ice on the ground. 

If you’re looking for something bigger than a glamping pod, which typically sleeps two adults and two children comfortably, then glamping cabins might be more to your taste. These can sleep up to six, including two children, and offer more space for larger groups. Fully heated and with all bed linen provided, they make for a wonderful winter vacation spot. When you glamp, you’re not supposed to ‘slum it.’ Glamping is a much more upmarket experience and one that’ll help you to forget about life’s stresses.

Top tips for winter glamping

Glamping accommodation will provide you with the essentials you need to enjoy your trip. But feel free to bring some bits and bobs from home to ensure you’re as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your stay. Items to consider include thick woollen socks, heated blankets, hot water bottles, a cosy throw from your bed at home, cuddly toys for the kids to snuggle, thermal flasks so you can enjoy endless hot drinks, and soft pillows. Basically think about anything you can travel with that’ll make your trip even more luxurious. It’s also worth bringing multiple pairs of socks and gloves in case they get wet and you need them the next day.

To leave more time for exploration and indoor snuggles, it’s wise to stock up on food and drink before you reach your glamping location too. Winter treats can include hot chocolate varieties, hot apple cider or maybe an alcoholic tipple such as some Baileys. The kitchen areas of most glamping cabins also include an oven, so you can even bring ingredients for roast dinners, soups, stews and more depending on what you fancy. And don’t forget those winter snacks. If it’s Christmas, for example, it can be great to snuggle up with a book and a box of your favourite chocolates.

Glamping is definitely something that can be enjoyed in winter. It’s just important to research your accommodation carefully and to think about how you can make your trip extra cosy.

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