Where to Go Glamping (and What to Wear Once You Get There)

Updated 05/11/17

There's a reason glamping had its moment when it first arose as a travel trend. Many of us have fond memories of summer camps and family camping trips growing up: the bonfires, the river rafting, the stargazing… But few of us fondly remember brushing our teeth in a communal mirrorless trailer, showering with cold natural spring water, or having to make dinner in the middle of a downpour at the campground. Glamping keeps all the great memories, and entirely gets rid of the bad ones. Cold morning treks to the bathrooms become luxurious private bathrooms with soak tubs, and fireside refried beans become culinary experiences to impress the harshest critics.

What's best, there's a glamping site for everyone, from the desert lover with a penchant for music to the alpine hiker with a love of gastronomy to the wilderness explorer with an appreciation for top-notch spa treatments. What's more, glamping destinations stretch the world over, whether you're just looking for a short weekend escape or a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. Want to interact with chimpanzees in the wild, explore the heart of the Australian desert, or have the ultimate summer in Croatia?

Pick your own adventure—these glamping destinations will win your heart before you've even booked your flight.

El Cosmico, Texas

Glamping Destinations Texas
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More than just a regular campsite, El Cosmico is like your favorite hip Austin hotel but spread out across a series of trailers, tents, and teepees. Located in trendy Marfa, a five-hour drive from San Antonio, the camp is a hub for creatives, artists, and nomads. Enjoy the hotel's sunset soundtrack concerts, have a movie night under the stars, or try an herbal workshop. Hotelier Liz Lambert also owns MyDomaine favorite Hotel Saint Cecilia, so you know you're in good hands.

What to pack: Bring desert-appropriate clothing, as it gets hot in Texas in summer, along with layers to bundle up on cool nights. 

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Wolwedans, Namibia

Glamping Destinations Africa
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In a different kind of desert in the heart of Namibia, camp under the stars on a nature reserve. Wolwedans' collections of camps each feature their own awe-inspiring desert scenery, and the accommodations have every comfort you could wish for: crisp white sheets, white down duvets for chilly nights, and solar-heated hot showers. Hop on a safari drive, go hot air ballooning, or treat yourself to wining and dining by candlelight in the most breathtaking setting. 

What to pack: Dinners are lavish but unpretentious at Wolwedans, and your wardrobe should be too. Bring a comfortable but stylish sand-colored wardrobe that can take you from hot days to cold nights. 

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Whitepod, Switzerland

Glamping Destinations Switzerland — Whitepod
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The hills are alive with the sound of glamping. In the Swiss Alps, you'll find an entirely different type of luxury camping. When winter subsides in the mountains of Switzerland, Whitepod becomes green. Sleep in a geodesic dome with breathtaking views, go hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, or even play tennis. At night, treat yourself to authentic mountain specialties and cozy gastronomic meals by the fireplace.

What to pack: Good hiking shoes, athleisure essentials, and a pretty floral dress for the evenings, because why not?

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Paws Up, Montana

Glamping Destinations Montana
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Step foot in Montana, and you'll never want to leave. Between the horseback riding, rappelling, fitness trails, or river rafting, you'll never find yourself at a loss for what to do on the 37,000 acres of the breathtakingly beautiful Paws Up resort and cattle ranch. Wake up in a cozy luxury tent overlooking the Blackfoot River, go fly-fishing, hiking, or hot air ballooning, and unwind in your own private clawfoot tub before heading down to the Tank, where you'll be treated to some seriously mind-blowing culinary experiences cooked up by Top Chef winners, master grillers, or the resort's own executive chef, Ben Jones.

 

What to pack: Your best cowgirl getup, as you'll have serious sartorial envy when meeting the local horse wranglers (and some cozy campfire gear won't hurt either).

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Longitude 131, Australia

Glamping Destinations Australia
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To whoever has ever wanted to experience the Red Centre (or the big red rock in the center of Australia), this is the way to do it. Longitude 131 offers luxury camping experiences in the heart of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Experience the natural beauty of the Australian outback, treat yourself to wellness treatments at the Red Ochre spa, and taste the culinary wonders of contemporary Australian cuisine at Table 131.

What to pack: This is not your average camping trip. Pack a few outdoorsy essentials, and dedicate the rest of your suitcase to simple but chic clothing that will keep you cool in the desert heat.

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Obonjan, Croatia

Glamping Destinations Croatia
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If you've been wanting to visit the Croatian coast but consider yourself a little old for Yacht Week, this is your place. Obonjan is kind of like a summer camp for adults—the home of a 70-day "festival" which blends music, theater, fitness, astronomy, and more. Start your day with a yoga session, expand your horizons with workshops on astronomy, art, and ecology, and catch live performances by a variety of local and international musicians. The luxury tents overlook the Adriatic Sea, so you'll always have a pretty view to look at.

What to pack: Your best grown-up festival getups, yoga clothes, and a bathing suit!

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Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

Glamping Destinations Tanzania
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Touch down at Tanzania's Greystoke Mahale, and experience a safari you couldn't have imagined in your wildest dreams. This chimpanzee reserve will let you experience and interact with man's closest cousins in a dreamlike setting on the banks of Lake Tanganyika. Take a kayak out for a paddle at dawn, hike the surrounding forests, or go fishing off the old wooden dhow boat. At sunset, congregate at the sundowners bar by the shore, and follow it up with dinner in the main mess banda on the beach.

What to pack: Bush-colored clothing is recommended for trekking (greens, browns, and neutrals), so adopt that in your eveningwear, too.

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