As a guy in a relationship, I constantly think of activities the lady and I can do together and both enjoy. It’s not always easy to break away from the normal routine of dinners, drinks, and Netflix… the same basic activities we do night after night. Weekend trips can be expensive and not the most practical unless you’re blessed with a sizable discretionary income that affords weekend travel. When it comes to an affordable activity that always involves adventure, we have a go–to solution: camping trips.
Guys, you must have a significant other who is willing to camp. That is the first step. The next step is to make it as glamorous as possible. You’ll want to have all the amenities, but still feel like you’re one with Mother Nature. The main component I use to make this successful: great food.
Do not go cheap on the food! Make it an experience where you eat better when camping than you do in the comforts of your own home. This is important — it’s crucial — and we all know everything tastes better cooked over an open fire. I’m a huge fan of kabobs with Sirloin steak for dinner. They’re easy and delicious. Pancakes, bacon, and eggs for breakfast are also a hit. Don’t forget mimosas. (One of our editors brings these on every camping trip.)
Make sure you have a comfortable sleeping arrangement. One of the biggest complaints I hear about camping is that the sleep is just not good enough. The remedy for this: an air mattress. You can find a great air mattress at an affordable price. Or you can go all out with something crazy luxurious.
Bring games, play charades, shoot guns (if you know the regulations and where it is safe to shoot), and just enjoy each other’s company. Other than the views, one of the best things about dispersed camping here in Colorado (see below for some of our favorite spots), is that a great deal of dispersed/car camping areas lack cell service.
It’s a beautiful thing to spend time in the great outdoors, just you and your S.O., with no cell phones creating a constant distraction.
Camping isn’t only a great activity for couples. Some of my favorite summer memories take place at a campsite, surrounded by friends. Sharing a weekend with friends in a scenic area without the distraction of technology is a wonderful experience. You get to know each other in a setting that promotes conversation and lacks external distractions.
You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to enjoy Mother Nature. Look online for dispersed camping in your area; load up your car with the essentials and the people you love; and hit the road. You will return home knowing yourself and the people who joined you on a completely different level. If you hate it, well, hopefully you made some great memories you can laugh about later. Luckily, REI has an amazing refund policy, and you have nothing to lose.
By Dylan Miller with Ben Higgins
How do you like to get away with your significant other? What’s your favorite camping spot?
Our favorite Colorado camping spots:
- Gordon Gulch (outside of Nederland)
- Red Feathers Lake (about an hour northwest of Fort Collins)
- Montezuma Road (outside of Dillon)
- Lake San Cristobal area (near Lake City)
- Halfmoon East/West Campground (about 30 minutes southwest of Leadville)
- Vasquez Creek Road (40 minutes south of Winter Park)