So you finally decided to try glamping for the first time. You also picked Pennsylvania as your first destination. By researching and reading feedback, you learned that Pennsylvania has a plethora of state parks, private camping grounds, and state-owned campsites where you can go glamping. However, despite all the research about your destination, you’re not quite sure if you have everything ready for your glamping trip.
If you plan on glamping in Pennsylvania anytime soon, check these questions before you pack and book your Pennsylvania-bound flight. By knowing these answers to the crucial questions. Aside from that, you can also manage your expectations appropriately, save money, and avoid unpleasant bathroom experiences.
How are the bathrooms in your prospective camping destinations?
Knowing the bathroom situation ahead of time can help you choose correctly. While this is primarily based on the kind of glamping experience and campsite you want, it still pays to know if the place has a clean and decent-looking bathroom. If you will be glamping in one of Pennsylvania’s camping ground for tents and RVs, be ready to use a shared bath. You can read reviews about the cleanliness and quality of the facilities.
Some campgrounds only permit glamping. Here, you can expect an outhouse or private toilets inside or outside your camping tent. The showers are mostly shared, though. If you’re very particular about your bathroom, you can still look for campgrounds in Pennsylvania that offer private bathrooms. If a sink is okay with you, you can also find campgrounds that only have sinks inside the tent. Then again, regardless of the situation, expect that you will not get a hotel-like bathroom, one with indoor plumbing. After all, the “slight discomfort” is all part of the experience.
Electricity, towels, and toiletries are often provided in carriage houses. If you know this information ahead of time, you can bring your electronic devices and save time packing things like shampoo and towels.
Is the Area Safe? What Are Security Measures Implemented?
Yes, it’s given that when you’re out camping, you might need to give up some of your luxuries. Then again, this does not mean you have to go on a suicide mission. Check how secure your campaign site ahead of time. Find out if the glamping structure is secured or locked. Also, check if the camping ground is situated in a monitored, enclosed, and safe area. If you’re worried about losing your valuables, better leave your electronics, jewelry, and other expensive personal properties at home.
When you’re glamping in Pennsylvania, part of safety is familiarizing the area. Know what areas are off-limits or safe zones. Remember, you’re there to relax and enjoy, not getting lost and exposing yourself to all kinds of hazards.
What Should You Bring?
If it’s your first time glamping, you might be surprised at what amenities glamping sites offer. Usually, they have toiletries, blankets, trash bags, flashlights, and towels. Since these items are already provided, you can tick them off your checklist. Travel as light as you can to avoid a stressful trip. Check what can be bought in the local general store and see what you need to pack. Never forget these essentials -- reusable bags, hand sanitizer, portable speaker, and lighters.
Glamping in Pennsylvania will allow you to commune and be one with nature. You can enjoy the beach, woodlands, and the mountains there. Moreover, to make your trip safe and truly enjoyable, plan ahead of time. Research and do your homework. It pays to know what to expect.
by Natalie Marie.
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