Though the term glamping typically applies to higher end, luxury camping, it is possible to make this trendy activity accessible on a budget. Trust us, you don’t need to rent that $500 yurt (if that’s what you’re into though, by all means go for it!). Just check out a few of our tips for upping your camping game, and get ready to add a bit more comfort to your next trip.

  1. Keep it Close to Home

One of the easiest ways to go glamping on a budget is to book a trip close to home. Saving money on gas can make a huge difference, and it can allow you to upgrade some of your other amenities that you may not have been able to otherwise. There’s lots of campgrounds in the Rochester area, many of which reside on some of our most popular lakes. It’s a win-win!

  1. Upgrade Your Gear

Like we said, you don’t have to rent a fancy yurt or even an RV to get the glamping experience. Believe it or not, you can add a bit of luxury to your camping trip just by upgrading some of your gear. Something as small as investing in a higher quality air mattress or larger tent can make your trip feel more glamorous and comfortable without the investment of actually paying for lodging each night.

You can also set the scene with decorative items like twinkle lights or citronella candles to really take things up a notch.

  1. Cook Your Own Food

We know it can be tempting to eat out when you’re on vacation. That being said, a great way to glamp on a budget is to cook all of your own food. Preparing side salads at home ahead of time instead of purchasing prepared options to bring with you is an easy way to cut down on costs, and you can always enjoy a Zweigle’s at the campfire for an easy and delicious meal.

  1. Bring Your Own Entertainment

Along with cooking your own food, don’t forget to bring your own entertainment. Things like board games, Kan Jam, ladder ball, and books can help keep you entertained free of charge. If you’re camping near a lake, you can also take advantage of that and enjoy the waterfront. New York is also home to plenty of hiking trails, gorges, and waterfalls, so be on the lookout for those experiences too!