How to Plan an Outdoor Date
Planning an outdoor date with a special someone? These tips will help you Leave No Trace and impress your partner with your responsible recreation skills.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Everyone likes a surprise but no one enjoys being cold, hungry, or uncomfortable. Communicate about the weather and activity you plan to do so your partner knows how to dress and what gear to bring, but keep the location a surprise. Be sure to choose an activity and difficulty level that matches you both and fits your needs. Bring snacks, or better yet, a picnic, as well as water, sunscreen, and other items from the ten outdoor essentials.
Pack It Out
Whether you are sharing a beverage at a viewpoint or a picnic in a city park, have a plan for packing out all your trash. Trash can attract and harm wildlife, takes a long time to decompose, and creates an eye sore for other visitors. Besides, being a litter bug is a sure way to not get a second date.
Stick to the Path
Looking for a more private moment in a busy outdoor area? Stick to trails and paths, but go a little further, or find a spot before the main viewpoint. This will give you space away from the crowds, but avoids creating a new trail or damaging existing vegetation. Remember, rocks are a durable surface and a great spot to hang out.
Be Considerate of Your Date
Your partner’s ideas about spending time in nature might look different than yours. Everyone’s connection to the outdoors is personal and unique, so be respectful and communicate. Spending time together in nature can be incredibly rewarding. Have fun and Leave No Trace.
By the Subaru/Leave No Trace Teams. For over 20 years these teams have provided tangible solutions to serious issues facing our outside space and reach over 15 million people every year. Learn more about the important work of our mobile education teams. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Thule, Fjällräven, The Coleman CompanyandKlean Kanteen.
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