Going camping with your significant other can be a super romantic holiday.
All that wide open countryside and times spent between the two of you with no one else around...
Something that camping couples may find a bit of a shock however- is that sharing a tent with another person, raises a few problems.
No matter how crazy two people are about each other, nothing tests your patience like being stuck under a small piece of plastic lining together when the hot sun is burning through, making you feel like you might actually melt.
Of course, we're not saying that you shouldn't camp as a couple - not at all!
We do suggest however that you follow our handy steps to stay happy campers...
Give Yourself Some Space
While the allure of a £20 two man tent might have been strong when you were stood in the camping shop feeling smitten and telling each other that it will be romantic and intimate, fight the urge and spend a little more.
Yes, a two man might be an alright size for two people to lay in, but remember that you'll also have two people's worth of stuff.
There's a good chance you might end up using you backpack as a pillow when theres no other space left.
At the very least, go for a three or four man to give yourselves a little bit of living space.
There's no way you'll regret that little bit of extra space when you're out there in the wild.
Only take essentials
When packing at home, you might think you're going to need all those jackets, bags, books, emergency snacks and different colours of beanie.
The reality is however, that if you take all that stuff, you're likely to only use 25% of what you've packed.
The other 75% is left cluttering up the floor of your tent annoying you both, spilling out every morning when you're trying to get ready.
Only take the bare essentials, its a camping trip not a fashion show- no one needs more than one outfit a day at the very most!
One of the best ways to avoid messy tent hell is to set up an organisation system and stick to it.
Left hand side for sleeping, back right corner for clothes, front right corner for food, torches and bits a bobs.
Valuables? Keep them at the back near to you.
It doesn't exactly sound like the free spirited wild lifestyle your looking for, but when you're not waking up with his smelly socks near your pillow in the morning, you'll be glad you thought it through.
Lots of lighting
One thing people underestimate when going camping for the first time is how dark the countryside can actually be.
One torch will not cut it and will leave most of your camp in total darkness.
Hanging lantern torches are great as they can be hung from trees and tent poles, plus they can be carried with you for any midnight bathroom sprints in the bushes.
As well as a lantern, have one torch each that you keep on you at all times and an extra torch to keep back at camp just in case.
No one wants to be blindly rummaging through everything on the tent floor at midnight proclaiming 'I'm SURE my phone was in here!'
have your own sleeping bag
The idea of opening up sleeping bags, zipping two together, taking mats and duvets in lieu of any sleeping bags and basically managing to sleep together is great in theory.
In practice however, on a cold night a sleeping bag is insulated to keep you toasty when its zipped up and on a hot night you'll find that you'll want to get as much space to yourself as physically possible.
You should cuddle up for sure, but you may find that you want your own bag to sleep in. Embrace it, you'll get a much better nights kip!
Be considerate about smelly food
Unless you have a snazzy multi-room tent, you're going to be roomies with your food for the next couple of days.
Thinking about this, consider what food you take along and whether you have different tastes.
If you're boyf isn't a meat eater, he probably won't appreciate sleeping in a room containing chicken and ham. Do you hate strong cheese? Make sure he doesn't pack the stilton in his backpack.
Remember to consider how long food will stay fresh for and pack everything in sealed containers and bags to try and stop the tent smelling like your sandwiches all weekend.
Respect each others space
This one is the biggie.
Remember that you both need your own space, especially if you're living in one very small room together for the next couple of days.
If you can feel yourself getting twitchy and claustrophobic, instead of starting to snap at each other, take yourself out and go for a little walk or run to clear you head.
The get back to camp and back to appreciating the fun of the wilderness and each other's company!