Going on a date in nature is a great way to bring the spark back to a relationship. Making new memories always brings closeness and intimacy, and there’s nothing that I like more than going and spend quality time with my girlfriend outdoors.
I’m sharing with you my favorite camping activities for couples, along with some tricks and tips to spark the mood and kindle the romance.
Camping date tips
Are you planning a camping vacation with your loved one? If you want to have a pleasant time together, follow the next tips so your partner will be surprised.
Things to bring
These are things that I recommend you to bring on your camping date.
Food and drinks
Take your favorite alcoholic drink and glasses. Plastic cups are generally very affordable and can even look like heavy duty glass ones, but have the added durability to survive a rough trail. It’s always fun to bring along a picnic basket full of goodies like comforting snacks that you both enjoy.
Consider bringing a music device, and play your favorite songs. Bring along some portable-friendly games such as card games or travel-sized games, something that requires two players.
For that reason, I don’t recommend bringing any video games or books because it’s too easy to get sucked in for hours and forget that your partner is there with you. I also don’t recommend super competitive games.
Bring a sleeping bag or a blanket. The tent should be big enough for both to enjoy in comfort. Don’t forget on sunblock, insect repellent, first aid kit, water, snacks, additional clothes, and the medicines.
Take things slowly
One of the easiest ways to ruin a nice date is to move too quickly. You can’t take a person who’s never been out of the city and expect to camp with you for a week in the most extreme of survival scenarios – that would make anyone miserable.
Consider partner’s needs. If your partner is a first-time camper then go camping just for one day. If he/she likes it then you can go camping for more days next time. Ask what your loved one wants to do and try to accomplish that.
Plan, but be flexible
If your partner is sick, exhausted, or if the weather is bad, it’s not very likely that your romantic excursion will go well as the cards are already stacked against you. It is better to plan a date so no contingencies will spoil your time.
Leave kids and pets at home
Children are wonderful but when they are present, your mind is pretty much focused on their needs. Leave the kids at a babysitter, so you can enjoy time alone with your partner and take care of each other. The same thing goes for pets. Leave them at home so you can focus on a romantic trip.
Do things together
Light the campfire, work as a team to help erect the tent, cook your meals together. Maybe even help tie one another’s shoes, use your imagination.
Usually camping out in the wilderness comes with no cell phone or internet signal. However, if you happen to be in a place that still has one, it’s my recommendation that you turn your phone off, or at least set it to do not disturb mode.
There’s nothing that ruins the mood faster and easier than losing your focus of answering phone calls or text messages. If you already have that self-control, maybe just bring a portable phone speaker for playing mood-setting music.
Set the mood
It’s a great idea to bring along some items that can help ignite the mood. Bring battery-operated candles, twinkle or dangle LED decorative lights, blankets and pillows, rose petals, fragrances, and anything else you can think of that might work well.
Massage oil is a great idea, as it can help shed off the physical and mental stresses of normal life, as well as traveling to the campsite.
Secret ingredient: coffee
I’d also like to recommend my personal secret camping ingredient: caffeine, especially coffee. It can be a weary experience to finally get to your campsite, and it’s easy to run out of energy too early. Or, if you end up going to bed too late, your energy levels may not match your obligations the next morning.
Coffee gives you more control over your own alertness and readiness for everything that a camping trip might have to surprise you with. Especially if there’s any chance of consuming too much alcohol the night before.
I hope that you and your romantic loved one have a grand time beneath the trees and stars thanks to my camping activities for couples. Don’t let the planning phase stress you too much. If you are a camping beginner, you’re never going to have everything perfect and you’ll always forget something but that’s okay.
As you get more experienced in camping and hiking, it won’t take as much energy or time to plan everything out. So while you’re just a beginner, go easy on yourself and learn to laugh at your mistakes.
Use my tricks and enjoy with your loved one in peace and serenity.