Pasties… and other glamping essentials

I’m writing this fresh from a digital detox in Cornwall, where Mr TBST and I went electricity-free and back to basics (if basic includes a flushing loo and plenty of prosecco) on a farm just outside Port Isaac.

As I’ve said in previous posts, I love a spot of glamping! I love the idea of getting back to nature with nothing but a tent and the clothes on my back, but in reality I’d choose a roof over my head and a compost loo any day of the week. I’m a big fan of Canopy & Stars and spend many happy hours lusting over treehouses and yurts, however there are some unusual spots offering a touch of luxury on Air bnb too, which is where I found the Archer Farm Wagon.

Following a night in Hayle with family, we headed (armed with Gran’s homemade pasties) to this beautiful, secluded hide-away on Archer Farm just outside Port Isaac. In true British fashion, rain was our third wheel, but a pre-laid wood-burner kept our temporary home cosy and inviting, and we woke to a brighter day. Cheesy but true.

This got me thinking about what we’ve learnt from our glamping mistakes, and so this post has a few suggestions about what to pack when you glamp…

First up, plastic glasses… and a bottle of your favourite tipple. No brainer. There’s nothing quite like cosying up in front of a wood-burner, or stretching out under a blanket on the decking, with a glass of something chilled. Bliss!

Next, local produce! Find a farmer’s market, independent store, farm shop, artisan bakery, distillery… and indulge. Expect to blow your budget, but it’ll (probably!) be worth it! Remember plastic cutlery – or go environmentally friendly with the real stuff, and remember to pack bio-friendly washing up liquid.

If you’re electricity-free, I’m sure you’ll find lots of ways to entertain yourselves (nudge nudge!), but just in case, a selection of books and games (Bananagrams, dominoes, 10 clues, and a pack of cards are all good for 2 players) will be handy.

Slip-on shoes and a poncho for those late-night dashes to the toilet! After 20 agonising minutes trying to decide whether you can hold it in, you’ll inevitably run to the loo and you need something easy to throw on –  wellies, flip-flops, Crocs, whatever floats your boat…

Lastly, so that you can get back to reality when you’re ready, a mobile charger pack is worth popping in your bag,

Optional: Hairdryers / straighteners that plug into your car’s cigarette lighter (yes, amazingly these do exist, along with heaps of equally unlikely things you may or may not want to plug into your car!)…

Above: Port Isaac, Cornwall, UK

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