If you're anything like me, your Instagram feed over Memorial Day Weekend was filled with FOMO-inducing photos of friends camping out in nature's splendor across the country—whether shot from the rear windows of a camper van or RV or from within the confines of a glamping resort. 'Tis the season to rusticate and sleep under the stars, and these tiny glamping pods are the new objet d'envy.
And these tiny log cabins, or "Glamping Sauna Pods" might just be the next trend in camping without losing any of the creature comforts of home—even if they're sitting as an ADU (additional dwelling unit) in your own backyard.
Inspired by Quonset huts and made of top-notch Nordic pine or spruce, with an aesthetic that's true to their sauna name, the smallest of these camping pods measures in at just 185 square feet—but complete with a "living room" or changing room with a bench, a sleeping area with a bed or bunk beds, and even a dining table/desk. Double doors (with double locks for security) not only let in ample sunlight (or stargazing potential), but open out to a tiny stoop just large enough for flanking plants as well as a few steps from which to enjoy happy hour.
Since the 1990s, Lithuanian maker Eurodita has been furnishing their high-quality, fully insulated, weather-resistant waterproof, thermo-proof, and rot-proof log structures to businesses around the world—and their website specifically talks about the opportunity for dealers to market the glamping sauna pods as "cozy mini-hotels for campers."
The best part, though, might be that Eurodita can not only deliver them in flat packs, but fully assembled, to customers in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The pods can be also be customized, built with electrical components, and painted. Every glamping pod comes with a shingled roof, and larger models in the Eurodita's glamping line (like these wooden sauna barrels) include the option for a washroom. Sadly, the furniture is always extra.
With the rise in increasingly more affordable glamping destinations over the first-wave luxury glamping resorts, there's a very real possibility that these tiny glamping pods may be coming to a destination (or Instagram post) near you soon—sort of like the "hideaway huts" at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine.