William and I love to be outdoors. We love to camp, hike, road trip, canoe, etc. We don’t go camping as often as we’d like but when we do, it’s always a good time! Here’s what we do to make camping as a couple a good experience.
Step 1: Choose a Good Campground
For us, we only went camping for 1 night due to William’s work schedule so we were looking for something cheap and close to home. As I was searching for a place to camp I came across a site called Hipcamp which is essentially an AirBnB for campers which is super cool. If you want to check it out click here to get $10 off your first trip.
The site that we chose was close to home and the hostess was very nice. She greeted us and gave us some water and a tour of the property and let us choose out of the 2 campsites which one we wanted. We chose to camp in the more secluded site which was a good choice. There was already a fire pit and a bench to sit on at the site. It was very clean and well kept.
Step 2: Prepare good food
Food is life!! It is no fun to go camping as a couple and have no food or burnt food am I right? What we did to make sure that wasn’t going to be a problem is that we had some snacks ready to go like watermelon, pretzels, etc. We also had pre-made tinfoil dinners. They were super delicious and not burnt like some tinfoil dinners I’ve eaten before.
They were super cheap and easy to pre-make. We went to dollar tree to get the casserole tins which made it a lot safer to transport and cook. Then each of the dishes had diced (for quick cooking):
- Yellow Summer Squash
- And seasonings to taste
Mine had pre-cooked ground beef and mushrooms (William doesn’t like mushrooms) along with the veggies. It turned out to be greasier than expected but delicious and flavorful all the same
William’s had the veggies and chicken. Raw chicken because I forgot to cook it and season it beforehand…oops…Even so, it turned out delicious! It obviously took longer to cook over the fire than mine did but once we put the chicken on the bottom of the container, it cooked very well from there.
We didn’t have chairs at the time so we just sat on a cinder block around the fire and put our hot food on another cinder block. Next time, we will have camp chairs.
Step 3: Have fun and relax!!
This is a romantic getaway for both of you! Take time to relax and reconnect. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Take a hike or a walk
The whole purpose of camping as a couple is to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature. What better way to do that than walk around in it and marvel at the natural beauty that is all around. There is usually an abundance of flowers, wildlife, and other interesting things to see. Plus you get to exercise with your love. Maybe even add a hip bump or two to get your partner to loosen up and have fun.
Hammocking is naturally a relaxing activity. Who better to do it with than your significant other. First off, there isn’t that much square footage in a hammock so you get to cuddle together! Second off, you are off the ground, away from any bugs or snakes that could potentially ruin a fun trip. Since you are off the ground, that leaves you free to enjoy the gentle sway of the hammock as you take in the views and spend quality time with your significant other.
Cuddle by the fire
Unless you live somewhere super hot and humid, chances are, it’s going to get cold. Why not combat the cold by building a nice roaring fire and cuddling next to it. To top it off, bring back childhood memories by roasting marshmallows and making s’mores or doing something different and roasting starbursts! Roasted starbursts are amazing!! Crispy and caramelized on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.
I don’t know about you, but this is one of my absolute favorite camping activities. A lot of us live in cities or suburbs where there is a lot of light pollution so we can’t see the stars as well, if at all. When you camp as a couple, theoretically, you are far enough away from the cities and lights that if it isn’t cloudy, the heavens open up and there are millions and billions of stars shining down for you to see. There is just something so beautiful and awe-inspiring about looking up at the stars. It is a great feeling to share that awe with someone else and create that special moment with them.
Take Lots of Pictures
This isn’t hard for me at all. Partly because I blog and I need pictures, and partly because I like to have a visual of our experience so that later on in our lives we can remember all the fun times we had. Also, nature is beautiful. Photography gives you the chance to really slow down and focus on what you see. Be creative and have fun. Take lots of serious and dorky pictures for only you to see. It is definitely a bonding experience to take pictures together because you get to see the other person’s creativity come out!
If you looking for a fun date idea or a weekend getaway or just a way to rekindle the “spark” then camping as a couple is a good idea. The lack of everyday distractions makes it way easier to focus on each other and your relationship.
If you have camped with your significant other and have other fun ideas feel free to comment them down below!