Packing List for Glamping

I’m getting ready to go away with for our Annual Ladies Camping Weekend Trip, also known as the TTM Convention of New England. I look forward to this trip every year as a way to Cater To My Spirit!

Typically my kind of camping involves cushy beds in lux hotels and a spa, but once a year we ladies like to pretend to ‘rough it’ as an inexpensive excuse to go to the beach every day, drink around a campfire, and prove that we can take care of ourselves.


As the appointed fun-ensurer, it is my duty to make reservations and create the list, then divide up the tasks to the attendees.

I’ve adapted Coleman’s Tent Camping Checklist for our trip:



  • Portable Grill and Cook Stove
  • Plenty of fuel menus
  • Grill Gloves
  • Griddle
  • Skillet
  • Pot Holders
  • Cookware
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils
  • Skewers
  • Corkscrew
  • Knife for Food Prep possible intruders
  • Plates, Cups, and Bowl
  • Can Bottle Opener
  • Tables and Chairs
  • Coolers with Plenty of Ice or Ice Substitutes for booze
  • Plenty of Food marshmellows, chocolate, and graham crackers, and other such snacks
  • Paper Products and Trash Bags
  • Foil for Lining Cookware and Wrapping Food
  • Beverage Jugs flasks or Water Carriers filled with Drinking Water booze
  • Water Bottle: a must have when the grill drinking gets out of hand


  • Air Mattress, Cot or Camp Pad
  • Sleeping Bags 500 TC sheets, pillows from home, and thick comforters
  • Tent Fans and Tent Light


  • Tent, Poles and Stakes
  • Lantern with Extra Fuel or Extra Batteries
  • Extra Lantern Mantles
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Compass, Maps and Portable GPS
  • Flashlights or Headlamps with Extra Batteries [our friend Mila brings her hubby’s fishing headlamp, so we will keep that on this list]

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  • Ground Cover or Tarp
  • Multipurpose Knife or Multi Tool and bat
  • Camp Saw
  • Rope, Bungee Cords, 550 Parachute Cord or Wire


  • First Aid Kit
  • Camp Beach Towels
  • Biodegradable Soap (this is a given as we only use non-toxic soaps at home anyway!)
  • Citronella Candles and Insect Repellent
  • Layered Clothing [author note: enough for 6 costume changes during the 2 day trip]
  • Rain Gear boots… If it’s raining, we are leaving for a hotel.
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet Paper we don’t camp where there isn’t a flushing toilet with toilet paper already provided


  • Coffee Directions to cafe or diner
  • Coffee Pot
  • All-in-One Portable Sink
  • Plastic Zipper Bags
  • Pot Scrubbers and Rags (… just kidding!)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tin foil


  • Tool Kit: Hand Axe, Rubber Tent-Peg Mallet and Tent Stake Puller
  • Tent Repair Kit
  • Extra Tent Stakes
  • Pillows
  • Whisk Broom and Dust Pan Floor mat for wiping feet outside the tent so the inside doesn’t get dirty in the first place


  • Fire Starting Kit: Butane Lighter, Cotton Balls, Strike-A-Fire or Trioxane Tablets, Fire Starter [log] and Waterproof Matches
  • Firewood for Camp Fires [Author Note: we can’t bring in our own, we have to buy it there]
  • Fuel Funnel (if using a liquid fuel lantern or stove)
  • Lantern Carry Case
  • Lantern Stand
  • Long-Nosed Butane Lighter


  • Digital Camera with Extra Batteries cell phone with camera
  • Clothesline
  • Cards and Games
  • Flare, Signaling Mirror and Survival Whistle lead-lined billy club
  • Pad of Paper, Pencil or Pen
  • Radio with Weather Band Pandora Radio / iTunes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

I think that about covers us for this weekend!

Our schedule usually follows as such:

Friday afternoon

  • Pick up everyone going on the trip



  • Arrive & set up camp
  • Go for dinner & drinks
  • Arrive back at camp just before the gate closes for the night
  • Sit around campfire eating snacks, partaking of refreshments, playing cards, and giggling
  • Go to bed an hour later


  • Wake up at the ass-crack of dawn thanks to sounds of mother nature and unruly children nearby



  • Curse at children and shake our fists at them, threatening terror upon them while they sleep
  • Nominated person makes a coffee run as the others nap with their heads on the picnic table
  • Coffee Wench arrives, much to to everyone’s relief
  • Pour over all the adventure options while sipping java
  • Attend Adventure


  • Hit the beach
  • Enjoy beach all day, complete with a liquid lunch and plenty of snacks
  • Go back to camp to change for dinner at a restaurant in town
  • Walk around town on bloated bellies, shopping (usually for hats)
  • Seek more adventure



  • Go back to camp & play cards and polish off the last of the weekend’s beverages while sitting around the fire
  • Stumble to bed




  • Wake up at the ass-crack of dawn thanks to sounds of mother nature and unruly children nearby
  • Curse at children and shake our fists at them, threatening to find them when they go home
  • Send out the coffee wench
  • Pack up camp
  • Go find a diner for breakfast
  • Go to the beach until it’s time to head home
  • Drive home, tired, sated, and happy – talking about the trip we will plan for the winter to a lodge, but never actually do.



See you back at the spa on Monday!

Check back later for an updated blog post about our 3rd Annual Convention to see if anything new and exciting happened.