The Perfect Romantic Camping Trip by Kayla McCabe

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If you're like me, then you love spending time outdoors; soaking up God's green Earth with the ones you love. Camping is one of the best ways to get away and refresh your spirit. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided to celebrate our anniversary with a weekend of camping in Joshua Tree. Just a few hours drive from LA, Joshua Tree offers an other-worldly outdoor experience. With a few simple details, a camping trip in Joshua Tree--or anywhere--can be a one of the most romantic and affordable ways to spend an anniversary. 

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Food & Supplies

  • Pack for camping as usual, but be thorough, forgetting something important can really put a damper on the weekend.
  • Plan out each meal. Traditional camping food like hot dogs are good to have on hand, but be sure to dedicate at least one night to a special dinner (foil packs make for an easy and unique meal!)
  • Breakfast. Bring a french press and grind your coffee at home. A french press is simple to use and brings your breakfast game to a new level. Pre-made pancake batter also ads a nice touch.

 

Activities

Research the area or national park you're going to; find the best sites to see or trails to hike. In Joshua Tree, we hiked to Arch Rock and Skull Rock. We also hiked through a quick, kid-friendly trail across the street from Skull Rock, learning about the area and satisfying the little kid in both of us. Adventure awaits at every corner in JT, even just a few feet from your campsite.

Along with activities, don't forget to leave room for some downtime. Downtime at the campsite is just as important as other activities. A guitar is good for some old fashioned serenading around the campfire. We also brought card games like Uno and Monopoly Deal.

At night, a stunning display of the cosmos lights up the night sky. More stars are visible in the days closer to the new moon, and you may even get a glimpse of the Milky Way. If you have a truck, put sleeping bags and pillows in the bed for the ultimate stargazing experience.

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Special Touches

This is where the magic happens. The campsite atmosphere will set the vibe for the whole weekend. Here's a simple list of our essentials that made all the difference. 

  • Fresh flowers & sturdy vase
  • Battery operated string lights
  • Candles
  • Mexican blanket; for picnic table or downtime area

 

Don't forget to unplug and treasure the time you have with the ones you're with. Happy camping!

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