It’s summer, so of course you’re looking for fun things to do outdoors with your partner – and cAmping is one of those pastimes that not only gets you outside but also provides time and space to connect deeply with mutual. But camping is Also one of those activities that can quickly go sideways (Mother Nature takes no prisoners). Whether you are a seasoned outdoor pro or a complete one Newbie, it’s important to think about the first camping trip you take with your partner.
Decide what kind of camping trip you both want
“Camping can be challenging if you are not prepared So first and foremost, choose a campsite that caters to both needs and has all the amenities you need,” he says Becky Moore, the founder of Global Grasshopperan award-winning blog and resource for independent travelers. “First, make sure you’re both on the same page about what you want out of the journey. Discuss what activities you would like to do, what kind of camping experience you are hoping for and how much time you would like to spend outdoors.”
For example, a journey full of Hiking and biking is very different than a full trip lying around on the campsite. That’is why Sarah Melancon, a sociologist and sexologist, says it’s important to share any concerns, whether it’s about camping in general or camping together.
“When we put our fears on the table, they can become an opportunity for connection and problem-solving.”
Divide the tasks among themselves
Camping is about a lot from packing to setting up the campsite to cooking the food. Such activities are not only necessary for the camping experience, but also help couples bond and connect before and during camping Trip.
“These are all opportunities to communicate about what you want from camping together and to work together as a team,” says Melancon. “When you intentionally create a great experience together, you can feel closer at all stages – bBefore, during and while reflecting on the memories.”
For example, you could take turns cooking and cleaning. Or one sets up the tent while the other makes a fire. When it comes to dividing up tasks, Moore says it’s wise to consider your past experience so you can plan accordingly for who’s doing what and how you’ll approach your experience as a team.
“One way an experienced camper can help a novice camper enjoy their camping experience is by sharing their knowledge and experience,” she says. “They can share tips on how to set up a campsite, what to pack, how to cook food over a campfire and how best to enjoy the outdoors. They can also offer encouragement and support, helping the newcomer to feel comfortable and confident in their own abilities.”
Give your partner the benefit of the doubt
Things are bound to get a little wild out in the wild, which means some things aren’t going to go to plan. You might get a little lost. Your partner might burn the dinner. “Frustration is normal with new and different experiences,” says Melancon. “Although the challenge of camping is that your typical methods of self-soothing may not be available.” When a problem arises, she suggests taking a breather, and when you reconnect, she recommends looking at those challenges as opportunities to get closer to each other.
“When camping for two, it’s just you and the wilderness. Your typical problem-solving style can be more challenging in this environment,” she says. “That means you have to get creative. When you and your partner have a positive problem-solving experience, especially in a new environment, it can lead to a release of oxytocin and make bonding easier.”
Take the time to make the experience special
Remember why you are camping in the first place –to connect and enjoy each other’s company. So make sure you plan what you want to experience during the day and night to make it extra special. “Camping is a fun and affordable way for couples to spend time together,” says Moore. “There are many different activities that couples can enjoy while camping, such as hiking, biking, fishing and canoeing. Camping can be a very romantic experience when you take the time to set up your campsite properly, cook dinner together around the campfire and take the time to admire the stars in the night sky together.”
And if your new surroundings make you see your partner in a new light, Melancon says, that’s a good thing. “[This new experience] can make our partner appear even more attractive,” she says. “This is in line with the view of relationship therapist Esther Perel (in her book mating in captivity) that we feel more desire for our partner when we see them as separate from us and our everyday expectations. Traveling and camping bring new and different situations that can allow us to be surprised and fascinated by our partner, helping us to feel greater desire and chemistry.”