With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you might do to show your special someone how much they mean to you. Now, for those cynical people out there that say “It’s a fad, it’s just a money making scheme, I don’t need a day to tell my partner I love them” blah blah blah. I hear you, really I do. But here’s my opinion.
We don’t need a designated day to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us, we can go out for romantic dinners, weekends away, or holidays whenever we want. But what’s wrong in having a day that simply reminds us to stop and think about our special someone, why not just take this time to re-connect and focus on just the two of you?
You don’t have to go out to your usual restaurant, because you like the food there and they’re doing a 3-course “cupid” special! Nor do you have to go to the cinema and watch the latest 50 Shades Darker, in hope it might spark a little out of the box fun!
Why not take the opportunity to re-connect, get out in this beautiful country we live in, and be a little spontaneous? If you have kids, dump them with the Grandparents... They’ve had plenty Valentines Days together!
My suggestion... take yourselves away camping, even if it’s just one or two nights away. Here are some of my tips on how to plan and create the perfect romantic camping trip.
1. It’s about the two of you – remember that!
What activities does your partner like to do? Do they prefer the beach? The country? Walking? Fishing? Kayaking? Surfing? Wine Tasting? Just relaxing and reading a book? Whatever it is that they enjoy, or you both enjoy doing together, have that in mind when you book your location. Then plan / book two activities for your trip that you can do together, you may have to give a little here and go with what they would prefer (you’ll get extra points for that).
2. Why not make is a surprise.
You might not be able to get away with this, but if you can why not keep your location and plans a secret? Tell them only what they need to know and what they need to pack... this adds a whole lot more excitement, trust me.
3. Whatever the weather, be ready for it.
Check the weather forecasts and pack appropriately, if it’s going to be hot pack sunscreen. If it’s going to be wet, take poncho’s. Don’t be caught out, camping can be just as much fun even if the weather isn’t on your side.
4. Don’t travel too far!
This weekend is about spending as much time together as possible, but that doesn’t mean being stuck in the car together! Try to keep the travel time to a minimum so you can actually start enjoying each other’s company.
5. Do not spend hours setting up your tent!
Take a tent that is easy to set up and pack down, you don’t want to be arguing over who left the poles in the garage from the last trip! Let’s try and limit situations where bickering might occur shall we? Oh and make sure you’re comfortable, you want a comfortable sleeping area to cuddle up in. ;)
Don’t have a tent? After this trip you’ll want to do more of it... I happen to know a great tent that would suit all of your needs. ;) www.cinchpopuptents.com.au
6. Take this time to have a digital detox!
No mobile phones, tablets, or computers! If you want your phone to take pictures, or listen to music that’s fine, but keep it in airplane mode. Keep your devices charged incase of emergency and if you are away from the children check your phone 3 times per day for 5 minutes to check everything is ok (do not use this time for a cheeky look at Facebook).
7. Be prepared with food, nibbles, and drinks.
Think about your partners favourite foods, snacks, and tipples. Make sure you have shopped in good time, you can order online to save a bit of time too. Oh and you are on cooking duties!
8. Bring along a pack of cards or games to play.
Who doesn’t enjoy playing a game or two, with a glass of wine, surrounded by nature? Scrabble, Chess, Cards Against Humanity... whatever will get you competing and laughing together.
9. Take time to pause.
Take the time to stop, pause, sit, and listen. In today’s world we have so many distractions in our lives that we forget to take stock of what is right in front of us. Talk about old times, ideas, plans for the future, even your next adventure together. Stop on your walk, look around, listen to your surroundings or just sit in silence. It’s a beautiful place to be.
10. I love you because…
Now you don’t have to go all out romantic, laying rose petals everywhere, burning candles (in fact please don’t do that anywhere near your tent), or writing a poem. But just take the time to say I love you and I appreciate you because [ ]. You can fill in the blanks.
Sometimes we take for granted that obviously they know I love them, we live together, we have a family together. But who doesn’t like to know why every now and again?
Follow these steps and trust me… you’ll have a whole new perspective on Valentines Day and of course camping! :)
All the best,