Looking for a romantic meaningful date to connect with the one you love and feel like you’re falling for each other all over again? Planning a nice day hike with your significant other is a great inexpensive way to get away from it all and really focus on what you love about each other. Being out in nature has a way of bringing out the best in us and is sure to create the perfect setting for an unforgettable date. In this post i share a few tips and tricks to help you in your planning and ensure that you make the most of your day together.
1) Try to pick a location that isn’t too far from you.
Often times when I go hiking I’ll drive upwards of 4 hours just to get to the location. This is due to the fact that i have hiked everything close to me 5 times over and am constantly looking for bigger and better trips. There is nothing wrong with this ordinarily but in the context of a date, driving 4 hours before the date even begins can be frustrating to your significant other and sort of put a damper on the whole “date vibe” before you even get started. additionally i’d research the trail and parking situation prior to the hike just so you don’t waste time trying to figure these things out once you get there. This is probably good advice for planning any sort of date but these things can get particularly tricky if you aren’t used to hiking.
2) Choose a trail that is an appropriate length/difficulty for a date.
I like to stick with anything that takes between 1 to 3 hours. I also prefer a hike that is on the lower end of the difficulty level so that the focus remains on connecting with one another more so than concurring an arduous trek (unless you are a couple that get really into that sort of thing). Remember the goal is to create a romantic day for the 2 of you, not overwhelm or over extend yourselves. I also like to leave time for a meal, hammock nap or even a glass of whine or 2 in there depending on what your looking for. The specifics of the hike are up to you but adding 1 or 2 little activities into your hike can help to add to the romance.
3) Plan a romantic meal
There isn’t a much more romantic setting for a meal than what you can find in nature. A well planned lunch on a vista overlooking miles of forest and rolling hills or alongside a creek below a bustling waterfall is about as good as it gets if you ask me. As far as the meal goes, keep it simple. A few sandwiches and chips or pre made salads should do just fine. If you’re looking to do something a little more elaborate there are hiking stoves available online or in most hiking stores that give you the ability to cook a meal on the trails. Feel free to check out my post 5 reasons you need a backpacking stove if you wanted to learn a little more about that.
4) Bring a bottle of Wine.
A bottle of wine is a nice touch for a short day hike. You may want to time it so that you reach the main lookout point as the sun sets to have a glass of wine as you watch the sun fade away in the distance. To ensure this goes as smoothly as possible id suggest metal or plastic wine glasses so that they are not damaged in your backpack over the course of the hike. If you don’t have any of these they can be purchased inexpensively on Amazon by clicking the link below. I’d personally include a little snack to go with the wine (cheese and crackers probably). You could even keep the bottle of wine a secret from your significant other so that the surprise helps to enhance the special moment.
5) Bring a hammock
Setting a hammock up takes only a few moments and is a great and romantic way to take a break and get close to your loved one at some point during your hike. My Fiance and I brought a hammock on one of our more recent dates and we were both surprised by how much more enjoyable it made the whole experience. A hammock is comfortable, intimate and certainly beats sitting on a rock to take a break. If you do choose to bring a hammock you may also want to opt to buy some hammock straps to go with it in order to get everything set up in a matter of a minute or 2.
6) Don’t over think it
At the end of the day it’s a great idea to have a plan but if you’ve gone hiking before you know that mother nature doesn’t always have your plans in mind. If everything doesn’t go exactly according to your plan try not to get to bent out of shape about it. Nature has a way of making things work out the way they’re supposed to and the really important thing is that your making an effort and taking the time to have a meaningful experience with someone that means the world to you.
7) share the idea with a friend
I love the idea of couples getting together and finding creative ways to spend time with one another. It seems like nowadays it is easy to get distracted by technology and the day to day hustle an bustle of life. It’s nice when we can get back to the basics and interact with each other in a way that sort of allows us to really be in the moment. Hiking has always been my way of being present and just taking a few hours out of my week to think about the bigger things in life and figure out what really matters to me.
I hope this post is a good starting point for those of you that are interested in planning a day out in nature with the ones you care about. By all means feel free to modify this date in a way that you think works best for you and your significant other. Please feel free to share any tips or suggestions you have in the comment section below or even just share your hiking date experience if you found this helped you at all. As always thanks for reading and subscribe if you would like to receive weekly posts about my experiences hiking and any insights that i may have to share.