Valentine’s Day brings to mind romance and spending some quality time with that special someone. While this is a great day to plan some kind of love-filled excursion, there’s never a bad time to plan a romantic camping trip. Camping is budget-friendly and the outdoors naturally creates a private, romantic setting.
Camping with your significant other can be a great opportunity to bond, practice patience, and enjoy some quiet alone time in a beautiful setting. However, these romantic getaways do require a little bit of planning if you don’t want your first romantic camping trip to be your last. Small hiccups are to be expected in the wilderness and offer a chance for you and your significant other to work together, but it’s always a good idea to check ahead for weather and choose a location that will be fun and comfortable for both of you.
Ready to start planning? Here are 4 simple steps to creating a magical romantic camping experience.
1. Select your destination carefully.
You might love camping by your favorite fishing lake or roughing it in a backcountry site, but does your partner? Choose a location that both you and your significant other will enjoy and search for nearby activities you can have fun doing together. Places that offer romantic backdrops like waterfalls, hot springs, forests, or sandy beaches are always good options.
2. Choose a private campsite.
Do a search for campgrounds together and select a site you both like. Try to pick a site that’s far away from the entrance for optimum privacy. Backcountry sites may be a good choice if you and your partner don’t mind roughing it a bit, but keep in mind that you will have to haul everything you brought for your romantic camping trip to your secluded site. If you’re looking for something easier, try car camping so everything you need is right there with you and can focus on your significant other. Looking for the ideal campground? Camp Native is a great place to find RV sites, tent sites, and cozy cabins.
3. Make your tent as comfy and cozy as possible.
It never hurts to invest in quality sleeping pads/air mattresses and sleeping bags. Consider buying two identical sleeping bags and zipping them together or purchasing a two-person sleeping bag so you have a nice spacious place to cuddle. Bring along plenty of pillows and blankets for comfort and consider packing things like tea lights, string lights, a portable music player, games, and a nice bottle of wine to help set the mood. Your meals don’t have to be elaborate, just pack foods you both enjoy and set up a makeshift table or lay out a blanket near your tent, by a river, or anywhere that provides a nice romantic background for your night.
4. Plan daytime activities.
Before you leave for your camping trip, research the area and find state parks, national parks, or other wilderness areas that might be exciting to explore. Feel free to spend the morning (or the day) lounging in your tent and head out in the afternoon to do an activity you and your significant other both love. Whether it’s a walk along the beach, a long hike, boating, or an epic mountain bike adventure, choose something that will be memorable and rejuvenating for both of you.
If you’re ready to plan your romantic camping getaway, head over to Camp Native and start exploring thousands of campgrounds nationwide.