By Chef Lauren Cox, Closer to Your Food

It’s not a secret that getting outdoors is grounding and calming to humans, but camping can be tough. Many folks are happy sleeping in tiny tents on bumpy noisy mattress pads, squatting in the woods and going a few days without a hot shower. However, many of us need a few more modern-world conveniences. My husband, Shawn, has been camping/backpacking/roughing-it since he was a tot and it’s just built into his DNA to want to get out into the woods, and away from it all to re-charge. Since getting married, he has graciously made some allowances for me, and I’d like to share our experiences in hopes that it may inspire some of you to get out in nature – even if you’re a city slicker. Glamping1


First, you have to scout out a good campsite. We chose one away from the popular spots where we could have privacy, but be close enough to some great trails. Be sure to bring a lightweight rake and clear off any bumpy rocks and pinecones for the approximate square footage your tent will need.



Glamping3Glamping4Next, lay a tarp. Trust me, this will come in handy in case of rain and unexpected moisture.

Start setting up your tent. We invested in a Davis tent and it’s fabulous because it’s relatively easy to set-up, heavy-duty and you can add a small stove for the colder months.
Glamping5One of the most important things is a good organized kitchen so you can cook and eat well (really what camping is about to me personally). We have a portable kitchen from a sporting store that is fabulous. Set that up with your water and cooler and you’re good to go!





Next, get domestic. I went with a Boho feel this time, but you can bring some lightweight items from home to give your tent a personal touch. It also helps to decorate your tent with a really cute puppy.Glamping11Glamping9






Glamping15Once you’re set-up, chill out, take time to appreciate your work and the beauty around you. A good lambic and a cheese board help this process. Get out, breathe, relax and enjoy the beauty.







Glamping17When the day winds to an end, it’s time to get dinner ready and your fire started. Make sure your campfire spot is cleared of debris and thoroughly encircled with heavy duty rock. You also want to triple check that fires are allowed in the forest you will be camping.

After we’ve cooked dinner and before I put out the fire, I bury my food that I want ash-cooked for the next day. Here we buried some apples with streusel for breakfast in the morning. (find recipes here)



Setting up and exploring takes the better part of the day, but it’s worth it for a great night’s sleep with a full belly out in the beautiful wilderness.









While glamping may not be for everybody, it is certainly worth giving it a try. You never know, you may find your inner child really enjoys making a super cool fort in the wilderness that is also beautiful and comfy to live in for a couple days. We truly believe that it is important for people to re-charge and find grounding in nature, if not for your health and psyche, try it to better connect with the actual environment. This may give you a new perspective and perhaps a new appreciation on the world around you.

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Closer to Your Food is a wellness blog focused on eating and cooking for health and sustainability with recipes
and lifestyle tips formulated around a plant-based diet and home-grown local foods. Chef Lauren Cox holds a B.A. from the le Cordon Bleu in Culinary Management with over 8 years of fine dining experience in private dining, catering and Michelan star restaurants. For more information, please visit and follow Closer to Your Food on Twitter and Facebook @Closer2YourFood. 

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