How to Get Your Husband or Wife to Enjoy Camping More
If you love camping but your spouse likes the great indoors, there are steps you can take to make sure you both have a good time.
Step 1: Check for bathroom accommodations Choose a park or campground with bathroom facilities. A lot of people shudder at the thought of using an outhouse, or worse -- a hole. Many state parks and campgrounds offer bathrooms complete with showers that are cleaned and maintained regularly.
Step 2: Bring furniture Bring furniture, such as an air mattress and folding chairs. Many people don't like camping because they're uncomfortable sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground or sitting in the dirt.
TIP: Push sticks into the ground and hang your shoes or boots on them to keep bugs out.
Step 3: Use a camp stove Use a camp stove. Many people don't know how to cook over a campfire, but, with a propane-powered camp stove, you can cook almost as if you were at home. Prepare simple recipes and don't forget utensils.
Step 4: Bring something to do Avoid your spouse's potential boredom by bringing along activities. Pack a classic board game and a deck of cards, bring a book, or bring an iPod loaded with their favorite songs.
Step 5: Bring romance Plan something romantic. Drink wine out of paper cups under the stars, pack a picnic basket and hold hands on a hike, or have dinner by moon and candlelight.
Step 6: Relax together Relax together and remind your spouse that they don't have to worry about workaday stress. Comment on how the sounds of birds and crickets are preferable to the sounds of cellphones and traffic.
Step 7: Don't be obsessive about hygiene Don't comment on the way your spouse looks when you're in the wilderness. Tell your wife how good she looks without makeup, or tell your husband how rugged and sexy he looks with a 3-day beard. Take the time to tell your spouse how much you appreciate their company and you'll both be sure to enjoy your excursion.
FACT: The National Park System covers 80.7 million acres of land across the United States.