This is a question a lot of people have asked since the Popitha family took the leap to go glamping for the first time. Now my answer is only based on this one trip to The Dandelion Hideaway, Leicestershire because I haven’t experienced anywhere else (although I am definitely keen to do more next year), so make sure you do you research on what the company provides if going anywhere else.
You really don’t need all the usual camping gear as most things are supplied such as towels, duvets, pillows, eiderdowns and bed linen, kitchen wear, crockery, cutlery, mugs, glasses, ovenware and cooking trays. Dishcloths, tea towels, soap, starters sets for the bathroom and kitchen which included toilet rolls, tea, coffee, sugar, washing up liquid, matches, logs, all furniture (indoors and out), highchairs and cots.
There is no need to bring your Hairdryers and Straighteners as there is a private area in the Relaxation Stable, adjacent to the farm reception and shop in the farm yard, here you will find hairdryers and hair straighteners for your use. There is no electricity in the canvas cottages for them!
What you WILL need to bring is;
Weather appropriate clothes – include layers for chilly evenings no matter what the weather, or time of year. Also remember your dressing gown or warm jumper for the mornings/evenings.
Warm bed wear – the mornings are fresh no matter what time of year you go. PJs, Jumper, hat, bed socks.
Slippers – The floors are wooden at The Dandelion Hideaway but can be cold so make sure you remember to take some slippers.
Coats and Waterproof – We probably took too much on the wet weather front, but at the same time the twins wore everything because it was a super wet weekend! As well as a lightweight and a warm coat, we also took the twins snowsuits and all in one waterproofs too. The twins loved jumping in the puddles and mud and this was the place to do it, so by having all of the above, it meant it didn’t matter when things got wet.
Wellies – You always need wellies down on a farm!
Although you don’t need to take bedding for the beds, you do need to take it if your little ones are still in cots. We really wrapped the girls up at bedtime and it paid off because they slept 7-7!
The evenings were about 4 degrees when we stayed and the girls wore a vest, PJs, socks, all in one sleeping bag (the baby style with legs), fleece sleeping bag from Snuggle Sac which were a big hit, we took their duvet as a ‘just in case’ and used it, and then a blanket on top. Sounds a lot but the girls were snug and didn’t overheat!
Snuggle Sac – A Snuggle Sac is a 5.2 tog a specialist sleeping bag designed to replace conventional bedding and can be used every night whether at home or away. Perfect for camping, glamping, holidays or a cosy night at home. The twins loved snuggling into their sacs every night and they kept them super warm.
The Dandelion Hideaway do provide oil and candle lamps which I loved, but a torch or two is useful for popping to the loo in the evenings or trying to find something in your bag.
For any bumps and scrapes down on the farm! The Little Life family first aid kit is great for travel.
Great for relaxing in the evening. The Canvas Cottages do have solar powered charging stations for these but we found a portable battery charger useful too.
Did you even know such existed? The Summer Infant LIV CAM cameras work on batteries and also have the option to plug in, they are a great invention for travelling families! They work through your phone or devise so no need for electricity. The have 3-4 hours of battery life and so we used them at bedtimes and nap times to check the girls were settling ok and then turned them off. The picture and the sound is clear and they are very easy to set up. Click HERE to see a full review.
If you have any further questions about what to take, do pop me a message on here, or on Facebook.
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