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COUPLES WHO CAMP TOGETHER, STAY TOGETHER

For some people, the idea of the perfect date night involves a romantic urban setting, maybe a fancy restaurant or a trip to the cinema. Sleeping on the cold hard ground, miles away from civilisation without electricity or running water doesn’t feature on many people’s ideal date scenarios, but it absolutely should.

YOU WILL WORK TOGETHER IN WAYS YOU MAY NEVER HAVE BEFORE

Working together assembling the tent, getting the campsite organised, building a fire and then cooking together with minimal supplies, will make you closer. You are both working towards the same objective in a way we rarely do in our day to day encounters with our significant other.

For this reason, camping with your partner really represents the ultimate break from routine. You go for dinner with your partner every week, but getting away from everything and just enjoying the company of your boyfriend or girlfriend is a real break from daily routine. No intrusive phone calls from his mates, or text messages from her boss to get in the way of time together.

YOU SEE THEM AT THEIR BEST AND THEIR WORST

Camping allows you to see the other person at their most fed-up, unbathed and having just woken with very little sleep. If you are going to stay with the other person, you need to experience this.

There are also plenty of opportunities to see them at their best, their most relaxed, and showing off impressive outdoor skills. You get to discover sides to your partner you may have never seen before, which can only be a good thing. You will find out how they deal with a potential problem situation, how well they hold up in stressful situations, at what point they lose their sense of humour and their ability to keep marching on when everything is hurting and they are exhausted.

You will also likely see them at their dirtiest and most unwashed. If you still want to sleep with them after a few days without a shower, then it must be love.

YOU HAVE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS

With the stresses and routines of daily life, too much of a couple’s interaction becomes reduced to who is getting the food for dinner tonight, or who is going to do the washing up. When you are no longer in a rush or have any distractions, these things melt away, leaving you to talk about meaningful subjects and engage with each other’s brains instead of their shopping list.

IF YOU MANAGE TO SURVIVE CAMPING IN A SMALL TENT TOGETHER, YOU CAN SURVIVE ANYTHING

No matter how loved-up 2 people are, sharing a pocket-sized two-person tent for a long period of time starts to fray tempers. When there is limited space for yourselves, let alone possessions, those extra clothes she brought “just in case” start to really grate on you. His loud snoring and stealing all the floor space will drive you just as insane. Bring your own sleeping bags and try and try and invest in a bigger tent to give yourselves the best fighting chance. Zipping 2 together sounds great, but in reality only works when twin sleeping bags are designed to do just that as well as functioning independently – you will always need the option.

 


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Jen
jenniferk@dinga.com.au

Jennifer will travel with others if she has to. She's all about getting out there without any restrictions. She's sharing here experience OnDECK.