If you’re thinking about going camping with your boyfriend soon, you need to read what I’m about to tell you.
I’ll explain all the reasons why it’s better to go with friends, why it’s highly important to have a little outdoor experience up your sleeve first, and other important things you need to know.
Camping with someone close to you or even your boyfriend isn’t the best idea without a little knowledge of the outdoor world (or the ones you’re camping with for that matter).
Consider Taking Some Friends First
Now why do you need to take friends? There’s a really simple answer to that actually. You need to know how experienced your boyfriend is in the wilderness!
He might take you on a camping trip and end up getting the both of you killed due to irresponsibility.
When the both of you take 1-2 friends each there’s more of you that can look out for each other.
There’s more people to come to each others aid in a dangerous situation and you can really see how experienced your boyfriend is at camping.
Ask Your self These Questions:
- Does he take charge?
- Does he ensure everything is unpacked, the tents are pitched, and the campfire is going before everyone relaxes?
- Is he responsible?
- Is he making sure everyone is safe at all times?
If you said yes to most of these questions, then he’s a good candidate to go camping with.
Because when you are both out there alone, you don’t want to camp with someone that doesn’t care about getting everything unpacked, doesn’t care about you and his safety, and doesn’t bother about getting the tent pitched.
If he cares more about relaxing and getting drunk before anything else, then DO NOT GO CAMPING WITH HIM.
It’s just such a good idea to take others before going out by yourselves.
You will get a general idea about his intentions and needs.
How Well Do You Trust Him?
You literally can’t trust anyone in this world. Oftentimes you can only trust yourself.
Have you been with your boyfriend for a long time and what are his intentions for going camping?
Not to scare you or anything, but it is for your own safety.
Anyone can be murderers and rapists in this world, so you need to absolutely know – 100%, if you can trust him to be alone with you.
Don’t let this put you off going camping with him though.
And that’s why going with other people is a good idea if you want to see what he is really like.
Tell Your Parents Or Someone Close To You
Your father will be the first to come to your aid if he doesn’t hear back from you in the specified date and time that you gave him, which is why this person is my preferred choice.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t tell your mother or anyone else close to you.
Let somebody know who you are camping with, the exact location, and what time and date you will be back.
As long as you tell someone that you can trust, someone who will actually take action if they don’t hear back from you, then you’ll have someone to come to your aid if something bad has happened to you or your boyfriend.
That’s why this step should never be overlooked.
Learn A Thing Or Two For Yourself
The great outdoors is an unpredictable place. Realize that and you’ll always expect the unexpected.
You don’t know if your boyfriend will get lost while he is out exploring, you don’t know if he’s going to fall off a cliff, and you don’t know if you will either.
Do you know how to protect yourself from a predator attack?
Again, not to put you off camping, but this is getting you ready for what you can expect when you’re in mother nature.
So many first-time campers go with other inexperienced campers, and more times than not it turns into a disaster.
Someone will get lost, tents get flooded (it happens when they’re pitched in the wrong places), and they even forget to store their food at nighttime.
All of this results in a bad camping trip, and you will end up not going again because you think it will always be like that.
So all I’m saying is to learn a thing or two before embarking on a camping trip with your boyfriend.
Know how to find your way back to safety if you get lost.
And know how to defend yourself against an attacker.
But most importantly, learn how to create a shelter out of natural materials in case you can’t find your way back to camp.
Without any knowledge whatsoever about the outside world, and if you’re just fully relying on your boyfriend to do all the work, you could be in for a rude awakening when he doesn’t come back from getting firewood.
So Let Me Ask You This
Are you ready to go camping with your boyfriend yet?
There’s a good chance that you will say no, but that’s completely fine.
You will learn the ropes soon enough, as long as you follow the tips outlined in this article.
If I want you to take action on at least one thing today, it would be to go on a trip with your boyfriend and a few friends first.
This is so you can give yourself some time to learn some valuable outdoor skills for when you do eventually go with him, and of course you can see what he is really like.
He might be a macho man/cocky guy in front of you and his friends, but when it comes to the wilderness you will truly see if he is man enough to keep you safe or just a wimp.
The wilderness tests each and every one of us.
My Final Thoughts
You and your boyfriend want to make it home alive, correct?
It’s not just a matter of putting all your trust in your boyfriend, because he may not be around when you fall down a cliff or a wild animal catches you off guard.
You need to know how to fend for yourself in the event that you are left alone for a few minutes.
Consuming information on a website is actually more powerful than you may think.
I learned most of my secrets, tips and tricks just from reading.
Yes, you can learn from personal experiences However, reading what to do and what not to do will help you stay safe and to not panic in dire situations.
Question Time. Leave all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
- Are you afraid of going camping with your boyfriend?
- Do you trust him to keep both of you safe?
14 thoughts on “The Complete Guide to Camping With Your Boyfriend”
Hey, me and my boyfriend have been together for many years now so today I’m not afraid to go camping with him because I know he is a wonderful guy and will take care of me. When we just started dating we did go camping but as you suggested we went with some more friends so the experience was awesome!
Thanks for this article,
That’s great that you can trust your boyfriend, Paulina. When you’re with him for a long time, it makes it a lot easier to know what his intentions are and how much knowledge he has regarding the outdoors. But yes, definitely when you have just started dating, going with friends is on the more safer side. It’s good to see that you made sure of that 🙂
Great article Brandon, a lot of good tips to keep the women safe! I think it is important to take a look at the relationship first think about if there is any red flags and use good judgement.
I think it is a good idea to bring friends along like you said if you are unsure or if its the first time just to be on the safe side. For myself I would go camping with my boyfriend because I trust him and no he would do nothing to harm me or put me in a bad situation.
You could also flip this article around.. maybe the men should think about this too, women can be just as dangerous ! Just saying 😉
You bring up a good point, Krista – and I like that. But yes definitely, if you notice ANY sort of red flags, there’s a good chance that your boyfriend is hiding something.
You just cant take risks in this day and age, and that’s why if you take friends with you, it will help you learn more about him. It will help you make a better decision for when he wants to take you out alone.
I’m glad you can trust your boyfriend!
And WOW. I wasn’t expecting a woman to say that, haha. But maybe I should create an article on that. It will definitely be an interesting write-up.
Cheers! Thank you for the great comment 🙂
This was a great post! My niece Katie was just talking about going camping with her new boyfriend and accused me of being overprotective when I asked her how long they had been dating. I hadn’t even considered the thought that he might just get drunk and pass out or be a useless camper! Haha! I plan on passing this on to her AND being her contact person. Thank you so much!
Good to see you’re looking out for your niece! And you are NOT being overprotective. Her boyfriend might not be the right person to take her out camping alone. We simply do not know if he’s responsible or not. Like you said, he might care more about getting drunk and passing out before anything else. Lol
This is an informative post. In addition to the trust with the boyfriend I am glad you pointed out if something really happens like a medical emergency or maybe someone gets injured then if he can handle such situations.
In my country I certainly would not advice anyone to go camping with just one person. It’s just not safe.
Agreed the greatest asset on these trips are friends.
Great post sir!
You are right. It’s not the best option to go camping alone. But it can definitely be done if you know how to do it properly. But my point with this post is that you shouldn’t go camping with your boyfriend if you don’t know him much or don’t 100% trust him. If you see ANY red flags, those are good signs that he’s not a good candidate 🙂
These are some great things to think about before you head off on a camping trip. Bringing friends along is a great idea, safety in numbers kind of thing. I also agree that you really need to know your boyfriend before you go somewhere in the wilderness by yourself, people aren’t always who they seem now-a-days. The one thing I get out of this post is really that you need to know how to do things on your own, know how to stay safe in the wilderness, and how to protect yourself, in order to have a good time and be comfortable with who you are with.
Yes! You got it, Summerly.
If you don’t know your boyfriend that well, you need to avoid going camping alone with him. Just like you said, even the ones that you trust the most can sometimes turn on you. That’s why you need to know (100%) what he is like.
Getting some outdoor knowledge up your sleeve is a MUST. It will mean the difference between life and death if you happen to get separated from your boyfriend for some reason. But if you know how to create a warm shelter to sleep in overnight, then you’re on your way to surviving and getting back to safety.
Thanks for the comment 🙂
Wow, very informative post and well done for promoting such an important topic. I had never thought of looking at it like that before but it all makes perfect sense.
I have every intention of taking my son and new baby camping once they are at an age it can be enjoyed correctly and I will definitely be educating myself properly before venturing out and just thinking its a case of pitcheing a tent and falling asleep.
Great website and great into throughout. Keep it up Brandon.
I’m happy to help, Andy 🙂
You’re doing a great job, you actually WANT to learn everything that needs to be learnt. But you are definitely correct, it’s not a matter of just going out and pitching your tent, then thinking you are done for the day.
There is a lot more to it and that, and when you’re taking little ones, you absolutely need to know how to keep them occupied as well.
But I have no doubts you will have a great, successful camping trip, as long as you’re responsible and have every intention of having fun!
This article was very informative and useful. At first, I thought it would be all about fun ideas. However, it was actually more about precautions, which I think I should have before any camping trip. And you are right, if the boyfriend doesn’t really prepare anything or just try to get drunk during the trip, definitely a girlfriend should reconsider going with that guy. Thanks for this helpful article, Brandon!
You are correct. Precautions should ALWAYS be taken when going on a camping trip. Even if you think you know your boyfriend, you might still be going with a serial killer or rapist. You just don’t know, which is why you need to make up your mind – by taking a few friends or learning more about him first.