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HOW TO CONVINCE YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER TO GO CAMPING

For some bizarre reason, some people are not immediately drawn to camping. This “camping aversion” is a rare condition which affects some people. But these people don’t need to suffer on their own. There are ways of curing them. Here are the best ways of dealing with your significant other’s camping aversion and getting them into a tent under the stars in no time.

You know where this piece is going to go but let’s give it a try anyway. It’s damn hard to get someone to go camping if they are really set against it. The last option might be the only way to go.

TRY AND SELL IT AS A PARTY

If your partner doesn’t like the idea of camping but loves social events and parties, why not organise a party at popular campsite? He or she will be lured in by the socialising, then you can drop in the fact that they will also be sleeping in a tent. Hopefully, they will be so drawn to the idea of socialising with their friends that they will agree to a night in a tent. Once they’ve done it once, they will be hooked.

IF THEY ARE A FOODIE, FIND SOME GOOD OPEN FLAME RECIPES

There are some fantastic campfire meals which can be made over an open flame. Offer to cook a small camping banquet for them for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day or your birthday, but the only stipulation is you have to camp to get the whole bonfire experience. Bring a guitar and you have a romantic setting for a campfire date.

BRING THE BOOZE

If it is their first-time camping, bring some booze. It will help them sleep and hopefully get them to forget their initial worries and concerns. Once they have loosened up a bit, they may even enjoy it.

REASSURE THEM THAT THERE WILL BE FLUSHING TOILETS

Many people don’t want to go camping because they associate it with doing their business outside and being dirty and smelly for the duration of the trip. Choose a campsite with plenty of facilities and flushing toilets and showers to put their mind at rest. Assure them that only the animals will be going to the toilet outside.

COMPROMISE

You may have to make some concessions before you can get your partner into sleeping under the stars. Start with a bush walk, to test the water. If you can build up and nurture an interest in hiking, a camping trip is sure to follow.

You also might have to embrace glamping. Yes, I know it will be difficult and go against everything you believe in. But initially, to whet their appetite for camping, it may have to be done.

SELL THE WEATHER

If you want to really sell the weather and the comfort levels involved, choose a day in the spring or autumn. Even experienced campers can lose motivation at the thought of sleeping in a sweaty tent in the height of Australian summer.

IF ALL ELSE FAILS…

Load up the van and wait for your partner outside their office. As soon as they emerge, bundle them in and speed away. Your camping holiday awaits.

 


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John Wilkinson
john.w@dinga.com.au

John is into everything and anything that has an on or off switch. He's a big fan of the outdoors and using tech wherever he can to make it more fun for his son.