How to Plan a Romantic Camping Trip for Two

Why not escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a romantic camping trip for two?
By: Camille Styles

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Photo By: Kimberly Finkel Davis

Set the Mood

Whether it’s just for the day or for an entire weekend, a romantic picnic is a fun and unique way to celebrate your love.

Snuggle Bunnies

Transform the great outdoors into your own personal home away from home by bringing along your coziest blankets, plushest pillows and a tent for two. Make sure to include wools and knits for staying warm at night, as well as more durable blankets for picnicking and stargazing.

Tune In

Nothing beats the sound of the birds chirping, except maybe a little background music. Add your own ambiance to the day by creating a playlist of songs that are sentimental to the two of you. Stream the soundtrack of your love using your wireless device, or bring out a classic battery-operated FM radio for a retro option.

Heat Things Up

No camping trip is complete without a thermos full of hot cocoa. For the perfect cup, chop up some good quality chocolate and melt in a saucepan. Add in seasonings like cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and caramel. Then combine with hot milk. Pour your campfire classic into a thermos to go, and for a celebratory add-in, bring along some Bailey’s Irish Cream!

Take It To Go

Plan ahead and prepare a special meal made with love for your romantic getaway. Pack individual items in thermoses and small containers. Then load it all up into a trusty insulating cooler. Don’t forget must-have essentials like enamel mugs, napkins and flatware!

Veggie Love

For a healthy side that’s easy to snack on, pack up some pickled vegetables. Use a store-bought variety, or pickle your own a day in advance by chopping veggies and combining them with spices, seasonings and brine in a glass jar. Take two to go so you and your date have individual servings ready to enjoy.

Spice Things Up

To heat things up a bit, why not pack a little homemade chili with all the fixin’s. This easy-to-make favorite is a perfect dish to keep things feeling warm and toasty once temperatures begin to dip. Transport chili to your campsite in a thermos to keep it warm, and be sure to bring along onions, cilantro and shredded cheese for must-have garnishes.

On the Side

Nothing pairs with chili quite like cornbread. Prepare yours at home in a skillet. Then cover and transport to your camp site. Cut into squares, and be sure to bring extra for a sweet-yet-savory snack to keep on hand all day (or weekend!) long.

Be Prepared

When it comes to dining al fresco, nothing is better than enamel ware. Lightweight, durable and easy to clean, having a few enamel plates on hand is a perfectly practical and eco-friendly solution for picnicking. Bring along a large cutting board to serve as your hard surface when prepping your meal. Then make it do double-duty as a makeshift tabletop on uneven ground!

Laid Back and Easy

The best part about planning a camping date for Valentine’s Day? The attire is comfy and casual. Trade in high heels for rain boots, and focus on spending quality time with your sweetheart in mother nature’s playground.

On a Sweet Note

Last, but certainly not least on the menu, is the tried-and-true campfire favorite, s’mores. Pack your cooler full of just enough marshmallows, graham crackers and dark chocolate to serve two, and break them out for roasting once the fire’s crackling.

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