Camping in and of itself can be a great way for couples to spend some good old-fashioned quality time together. It’s all about that quality time, right? However, camping is really just a general term as there are many different ways to do it, places to do it, things to do while doing it, and so on and so forth.

For this post, we want to focus specifically on some cheap (and romantic) camping ideas for couples. Few things are better than enjoying some romance with your significant other without having to break the bank.

And quite frankly, many of the ideas we’ll present won’t cost you much of anything. Now, for those who just want us to cut to the chase:

  1. Take some time to relax in a hot spring
  2. Go boondocking or dry camping
  3. Go for a hike during the evening
  4. Enjoy a two-person hammock
  5. Plan a picnic next to the sunset

If you’d care to stick with us for a little bit, though, we’ll go a little more in-depth and explain these ideas to give you a better understanding of what can be involved. So, with that said, let’s get into it, shall we?

1. Take some time to relax in a hot spring

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Out of all the ideas on this list, we have to admit that this one could end up costing the most… depending on how you go at it. The reality of the situation is that it’s not as if you can just go anywhere out in the wilderness and stumble upon a hot spring.

While there are over 1.000 hot springs in the United States, not every area you go to will have one within a reasonable distance (obviously). Now, many hot springs will be free of charge for you to go to thanks to them being naturally made (typically by geothermal activity). This also means, however, that the one you find may end up being heavily populated.

Many couples will agree that a more intimate experience is oftentimes a private one. Some hot springs can be reserved, so you might want to look into this if you want to ensure you get some privacy. Of course, you can also find hot springs incorporated into formal resorts and spas.

Indeed, those will come with a heftier price tag. For a lot of you, this will be the most far-fetched option on this entire list. We wanted to make mention of it, however, as it can be a cheap and wonderful experience for any campers who end up being somewhat close to a natural hot spring.

2. Go boondocking or dry camping

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As we mentioned earlier, a lot of couples will associate romance with privacy (at least to some degree). The thing about camping is that depending on where you go, things can get highly congested in a heartbeat. Camping in a large state park in the United States is going to make it all but impossible to get some really good privacy while camping.

While you can always opt for a smaller campground that offers more secluded campsites, you can also do something called boondocking or dry camping. We’re not going to get into the heavy details of what dry camping is, as we’ve already done that, but here are the basics.

More or less, boondocking is the idea of camping off the grid. Such camping experiences will not rely on the amenities and services that campgrounds and RV parks will offer. It can require a lot of preparation, but it’s also a much quieter experience that can oftentimes land you in some gorgeous scenery.

And when looking for camping ideas for couples to capitalize on as much romance as possible, we can’t think of a better one than dry camping. Then again, this also means you and your partner will have to find unique ways to entertain one another. In other words, in fairness, this type of camping may not be ideal for all couples.

3. Go for a hike during the evening

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“Wait, why not just take a day hike instead as that would be a lot easier?” Is that what went through your head just now after reading that headline? It’s more than certainly a fair point, but we would counter that thought with this one. There’s something about walking, running, hiking, you name it, at night that is just so much more relaxing, invigorating, and romantic.

This is all subjective, of course, but this is our list, right? Given that we’re talking about camping ideas for couples, though, it makes sense that the night activity would be a hike. However, it goes without saying that hiking at night is a lot more dangerous than hiking during the day. Due to such, if you really like this idea, keep in mind the following things:

  • Stay on familiar trails: It’s probably not the best idea to hike on a trail, at night, that you’ve never done before. Knowing the layout and potential obstacles to avoid and such will offer a much safer night hiking experience.
  • Bring a cellphone: For an emergency situation, it’s always best to have your smartphone on you. Chances are you’ll probably have your smartphone on you anyway, so this one really shouldn’t be a big deal.
  • Bring a headlamp: While you could just bring a flashlight, wearing a headlamp will be a much easier and more convenient way to give yourself some light out there.
  • Don’t veer off too much: Unless you really know the trail and terrain, it’s best to not veer off of the main route. The last thing you want is to get lost…in the dark. No need to have a Blair Witch Project on your hands, right?

4. Enjoy a two-person hammock

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We admit that this one is kind of vague and also that it’s not really a cheap and romantic “idea.” It kind of is, but it’s not an activity in and of itself. With that being said, it truly is amazing how relaxing and enjoyable it can be to set up a hammock and lay down with your significant other in the middle of the woods.

You could even sleep in the hammock with your partner, though that’s not going to be for everyone. Of course, when it comes to this idea, there are several things that you’re going to want to keep in mind.

For starters, you’ll need a hammock that’s big enough for two people, and one that can safely hold the weight of you and your partner. Plus, you’re also going to want to know a thing or two about how to set up and secure your hammock.

There are a few ways to go about doing so, but two of the most popular are using hammock straps to secure it and also using rope to tie your hammock to a couple of trees. Either way, it’s best to have a good understanding of what you’re doing to avoid the annoyance of not being able to hang up your hammock.

As simple as it is, this is one of our personal favorite camping ideas for couples.

5. Plan a picnic next to the sunset

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Ah, yes. The sunset. When talking about romantic ideas, you just can’t go wrong with a sunset. Quite honestly, regarding camping, this is far from the only activity you could do while watching the sunset. But why not have some food all in the meanwhile?

The hardest part about this idea is simply finding an ideal location to watch the sunset. The weather also has to cooperate, so that has to be factored in too. And even if you didn’t want to have a picnic, you could always start a little campfire and watch it.

The best part about that idea is the fact that you could then still make some delicious food. You’d just need the ingredients, and also a nice and long-lasting campfire grill to get the job done.

Of all the camping ideas for couples, this is probably the most romantic.

Final thoughts

If you’re familiar with our content, you know we’re not really into the mushy gushy content. So, we apologize if we didn’t get overly romantic with this post! Then again, we can safely say that wasn’t the point of all of this.

We simply wanted to provide some of the cheapest (and yes, romantic) camping ideas for couples who are into the idea of camping being the activity to provide quality time. The word “romantic” is always going to be subjective, anyway, but we hope that at least one of the ideas presented above was beneficial to you.

Happy camping, everyone!