Whoever said romance is dead never took their significant other camping. There are plenty of romantic camping ideas waiting for you.
Some of the most romantic times you can have as a couple happen when you go camping together. Time apart from the rest of the world can recharge your batteries and help you to refocus on one another.
Here are ten ideas to make your next camping trip a very romantic experience.
1. Disconnect from the World
Constantly checking your phone is disrespectful to your partner and shows a lack of interest in being with them. Instead, disconnect and stay in the moment. It’s okay to use your phone for selfies of the two of you or pics of your campsite, but then turn off your device. If you have any potential child- or business-related needs that you need to check on, agree to only use your phones for previously determined times.
2. Lie Out Under the Stars
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If you live in a heavily populated area, you may not be able to see the night sky very clearly, if at all. Be intentional about spending time outside at night, staring up at the sky. Take in the constellations and revel in the darkness and the beauty of the night sky together. There are some really great spots to see the night sky in all its glory, and you may want to consider bringing binoculars or even an amateur telescope to get a better view of the sky.1
3. Use a Double Sleeping Bag
Whether you’re lying together outside staring up at the sky or you’re snuggling together inside your tent, what could be more romantic than a double sleeping bag? Cuddle together and stay warm on those cool evenings. The bags come in different sizes so you can get a queen-sized double sleeping bag. They’re also rated to accommodate different outdoor temperatures, so consider the nighttime temps of your favorite campsite before you buy one. Some double sleeping bags can keep you warm in weather down to 20 degrees!
4. Create a Romantic Atmosphere in Your Tent
Your tent doesn’t just have to be utilitarian, the place where you sleep and keep your stuff. Instead, turn it into a beautiful retreat. Hang battery-powered string lights around the inside top part of the tent. Bring a portable speaker that can stream music from your phone. Put battery-powered tea lights in jars and set several up inside the tent. Cut some fresh flowers from the area surrounding your campsite (or bring a bouquet from home) and set them up in a mason jar vase in one corner of your tent. Even one or two of these suggestions will help create new levels of romance in your tent.
5. Build a Campfire
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While a campfire serves a practical purpose as your stove, don’t forget about the romantic tone a campfire sets. It keeps you warm in the cool evenings or early mornings as you snuggle together It casts just the right amount of light for you to gaze into each other’s eyes, while not distracting from the night sky if you’re attempting #2 on our list. If you’ve never built a campfire, make sure you set it up at least 15 feet from your tent per National Park Service rules.2
6. Plan Your Meals
Do your research before you go about what’s easiest to cook on an open campfire and how to prepare it. Plan your meals for your whole trip before you go. That includes bringing the right tools with you and knowing how to set everything up at the campfire to make it safe and easy on yourself.3 Don’t forget about snacks, drinking water, and coffee. Research ahead of time how you prepare coffee on an open fire if you can’t live without your steaming cup of caffeine first thing in the morning.
7. Have a Camping Loveseat
If you like to snuggle on the couch at home, a camping loveseat is a must. It’s built like a lawn chair, but with twice the space. Many also come with cupholders in each armrest or a beverage cooler in the middle of the seat. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to give up all the comforts of home.
8. Go for a Hike
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Go for a leisurely stroll through some fields or challenge yourselves to a climb up a small mountain. Whichever way you go, you’ll love exploring nature together with your partner. Many camping sites can provide you with popular hiking trails in the area. For others, you may want to be adventurous and make your own hiking path.
9. Bring the Drinks
Relaxing together with a drink at the end of the day is a habit that a lot of couples share. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean that you have to skip your nightcap. Pack your beer or liquor and enjoy that drink in a whole new setting under the stars. To take it up a notch, bring nice glasses to drink from instead of plastic throwaway cups.
10. Bake Sweet Treats
Including dessert in your campfire meal is a must. There’s nothing like that sweet bite to finish off your meal. While you can stick with the tried and true s’mores, there are also many other easy and delicious dessert options that bake over a campfire. It couldn’t be easier to end your day together, sitting in your camping loveseat, enjoying a sweet treat.
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- Sanders, J. Stargazing: Where and how to view the night sky. Reserveamerica.com. Accessed April 3, 2021.
- U.S. Park Service. Campfires. NPS.gov. Published April 17, 2017. Accessed April 5, 2021.
- Wimbush-Bourque A. The Ultimate Guide to Campfire Cooking. Foodnetwork.ca. Published July 13, 2017. Accessed April 5, 2021.