The Joy of Camping for Two
A camping trip for two can be as romantic as any other weekend away – for this year, at least, we can't jump on a plane to Paris or Mexico. So let's make the best of it! From setting up camp and cooking on an open fire to experiencing the outdoor lifestyle, the absence of people and modern distractions means that you can truly focus on each other.
The Perfect Gear
Lightweight gear is key. Our Tour de Fierce Ultralight Wallet is a necessity for keeping your valuables safe. When taking a day hike, never leave your cash, ID and credit cards at your campsite. Who knows what type of wild animal may visit while you're away! It's perfect for any hike you take. Items that are ultra-light weight and weather proof are essential for any outdoor adventure.
The Perfect Third Person
If you're a dog parent we know you want to bring your best friend. Not all camp grounds allow dogs. Check out this article about the best dog friendly national parks.
The Perfect Campsite
The first thing to consider when planning your perfect camping trip for two, is what kind of campsite you want to visit. Ideally you want to find a site which does not cater for kids – any large campsite with facilities such as water slides and children's activity clubs is unlikely to offer a quiet romantic retreat. Uncommercial campsites with only a small number of pitches are your best chance for peace. Location is also important; try and find somewhere which offers opportunities for activities you like to do – for example walking, cycling, climbing, or just chilling out (there are some excellent coastal campsites if you like beaches). Also check out the campsite's policy on real fires – forest campsites will not usually allow fire pits for obvious reasons, but others do and a real fire can be very romantic.
The Perfect Tent
Next, we come to accommodation. If you decide to opt for a traditional tent, here are some tips: Firstly, allow for the fact that the 'people count' on most tents does not include realistic amounts of luggage. Therefore two people sharing a tent really require at least a three-person tent. To avoid arguments before you even get started on your holiday, opt for a tent that is easy to put up - a dome or 'pop-up' tent is a good choice. If you are expecting rain on your trip, make sure to get a double-skin tent, which means that there is an extra layer between you and the outdoors. Nothing dampens romance like a cold, wet tent.
Don't fancy roughing it? Tents are no longer the only option when it comes to camping. More and more frequently now campsites are offering glamorous (and more comfortable) alternatives. Why not stay in a Mongolian Yurt? Or a teepee? Often these come beautifully furnished with colourful fabrics, and have real wood-burning stoves to keep you warm.
When you get there
Camping is about teamwork, and it can be very rewarding to set up camp with your partner to make a comfortable spot. If you are coming by car, consider bringing blankets and quilts instead of sleeping bags, so that you can snuggle up together in the tent. Find a sheltered spot, build your campfire and light the gas stove; with practise you can make some truly gourmet dinners in just one or two pans. Even if you only manage beans on toast, everything tastes better outdoors under the stars!
Whilst dinner is cooking, sit around the campfire, open a bottle of wine and relax... you've got nowhere else you need to be.
Photos: Spring Fed Images, Priscilla du Preez, Jimmy Conover, Myles Tan
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