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Who doesn’t love the great outdoors? Nature is beautiful to look at, and spending time outdoors can be more relaxing than you might initially think. It’s why many people take to camping: spending time existing in nature can be therapeutic and leave them feeling refreshed when their camping weekend is done. A new form of camping has emerged in recent years, though—glamping. Glampers are people who do their camping in an RV, spending their time with nature in something other than a sleeping bag and tent. What are the true differences, though?  


For starters, the way you camp is much different when you’re a glamper. Traditional camping is when you go to a remote location with a tent, a sleeping bag, and basic necessities to last through your trip. As a camper, you’re getting away from civilization rather than worrying about luxury. Glampers, on the other hand, enjoy nature without risking the comforts of home. RVs typically come with A/C, electricity, and water, and you’ll likely not be far from attractions if you get bored. Glampers also get to have a bed to sleep on at night instead of a sleeping bag. You won’t get to look up at the stars like campers do, though.


How you live your life is different depending on whether you’re camping or glamping as well. If you need to use the restroom, for example, you’ll need to find a tree or shrub without poison ivy when you’re camping. Showering is different, too—instead of a shower stall, campers need to rely on baby wipes or a pocket shower to get the job done. Glampers in RV parks are close to bathhouses, so they don’t have to give up toilets or showers. They also have access to stoves and ovens when it comes to cooking; campers, on the other hand, have to depend on campfires and portable grates to get their meals cooked. 


When you’re a camper, you won’t have to worry about people taking your supplies. The local wildlife is your biggest concern—to protect your supplies, you’ll need to hang them from a tree or lock it in your car. You likely won’t have to worry about valuables, though, unless you decided to bring any. Glampers, on the other hand, are much more likely to have valuables, and they need to worry about people rather than wildlife. Locking the RV or cabin should take care of that, though.


In the end, it doesn’t matter how you enjoy the great outdoors. Campers get to be more intimate with Mother Nature, and glampers get to enjoy the comforts of home away from home. Both versions let you enjoy nature and escape from daily life, though, so it’s a win either way.