Planning a Camping Honeymoon

Is a Camping Honeymoon Right for You?

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••• Kick up your heels camping in the great outdoors. Awesome Joolie/Creative Commons.

A camping honeymoon can be a great idea for a couple who love the outdoors and are willing to chance the weather. Some of the best reasons for deciding to choose a camping honeymoon are that it:

  • Is affordable
  • Puts you in touch with nature
  • Can take place close to home or far away, anywhere from an uncrowded beach to a national park to a remote mountaintop
  • Helps a couple get to know one another really well

    Choose a Destination for Your Camping Honeymoon

    If you haven't camped before, it's really important to prepare for the adventure and know what to expect. These articles offer help and insight to loving  it up outdoors:

    Camping in North America

    If you intend to go camping in the USA or Canada, these articles can point you in the right direction:

    Outfit Yourselves for a Camping Honeymoon

    If you haven't camped before (or want to update or augment gear you already have), you can shop for everything you need online. The basics are simple: a tent, a tarp, and sleeping gear. The following are all reputable sellers.

    • REI (visit site) is a one-stop shop that can outfit your outdoor travel and camping with the latest gear, clothing, and footwear. The company even sells boots and packs for your dog and also leads camping and active adventures.
    • Paragon Sports (buy gear online) can help to equip you with just about everything you need for a honeymoon camping trip. It stocks tents, compasses, cookware, sleeping bags, lanterns, and offers a variety in each category. And the airbeds (along with pump) can change a rocky night to a dreamy one.
    • (order maps online) has what you need to plan your route in advance and lead the way when you're on site.
    • Magellan's (search for gear) carries specialty items, ranging from flashlights and rainwear to solar power packs and insect repellant.
    • If you need luggage as well, Zappos (shop online) provides a vast selection.

    A Few Words of Warning

    As exciting and adventurous as a camping honeymoon sounds, overnighting in the great outdoors is certainly not for everyone. There's no shame in telling your partner that you're not cut out to be a camper. Don't choose a camping honeymoon if:

    • One or both of you are very modest
    • Insects make you squeamish
    • Sounds in the dark frighten you
    • Dark and isolation unnerve you
    • You don't want to be rained on, snowed on, or uncomfortably hot
    • You require immediate access to a shower
    • You don't like the idea of cooking your own meals
    • Nights without TV and Web access are unacceptable
    • You want to experience a bit of luxury on your honeymoon

    If none of those situations faze you, then an outdoor honeymoon is probably a great idea for the two of you. Go forth and pitch your tent.