If you are looking to make camping a shared hobby, here’s the first thing that you need to do: don’t force it. Forcing your partner to go unwillingly will only make them resent camping more. Slowly introduce the idea of camping by taking them on short trips and hikes to introduce them to the spectacular scenery and soul-reviving wonder of the outdoors. The key here is to get them interested in the idea of spending time in the woods.
Once you’re able to capture their interest, start planning the trip. We’ve put together some tips on how you can prepare your first camping excursion together.
When planning the first camping trip with your partner, avoid making grand arrangements such as a week-long camp or long, tedious hikes. Instead, opt for a weekend of car camping..
Pack creature comforts.
The good thing about car camping is that you can take a LOT of stuff. When packing, bring items that bring your partner comfort. Some ideas are: a blanket, a pillow, portable speakers, an air mattress… and all the junk food.
Choose a scenic campsite.
To encourage your partner to hike with you more, you need to tap into the convincing powers of nature by showing them the beauty of the outdoors. Bring them somewhere scenic. Campsites that open to majestic views do the trick. Make it more fun by asking your partner to plan the trip with you.
Check the weather.
A big excitement killer is pulling up to your campsite and seeing rain clouds. Therefore, make sure to plan your trip with the weather condition in mind. Fall hikes are ideal since its cooler and insects have started to wane. It’s also perfect since the backcountry is beginning to change its colors into lovely hues of orange, yellow, and red.
Plan fun activities.
Sit down with your partner and plan your activities together. You and your partner can prepare a picnic lunch or cook some hot meals over the fire. You can also set up camp near a swimming hole and enjoy a quick dip. You can also head out in the open and do some stargazing. The possibilities are limitless.
Take things slowly.
Don’t force your partner to immediately like the outdoors; it may take time. Remember that this is something new to them. Slowly introduce them to the fun and excitement of heading outdoors. In time, they’ll get used to the scent, dirt, and excitement of spending time outdoors.