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Sex Outside: Tent Sex for Beginners

How to Have Sex In the Great Outdoors

In the movies, couples camping and having sex outside in the great outdoors either seems amazing or like a recipe for disaster. I vote for the former. Camping, hiking, and backpacking with your significant other can lead to romantic vistas, cuddling by the campfire, and even a roll in the sleeping bags. But if you want to have sex in the great outdoors (or great sex outside in the outdoors) it helps to follow a few simple guidelines.

6 Tips for Having Amazing Sexy Times in a Tent

  1. Pick the right spot. The last thing you want is a schoolroom’s worth of small kids running around near your tent right as you’re getting to the good part—especially if you tend to be on the loud side during sexy times. Tent walls are thinner than the thinnest of motel room walls and block sight but not sound. So, avoid KOA’s and state parks in mid-summer. Instead, choose undeveloped, dispersed camping or developed hike-in camping for maximum privacy. Weekdays and off-seasons are also better choices.
  1. Be prepared. You don’t want to get all worked up and then have to dig out necessities and kill the mood. Have whatever you need (condoms, lube, etc.) in a stuff sack close at hand. A bandana or small (or large) pack towel is also always a necessity. When you’re done cleaning up, either stash it in a spare baggie for washing at home or rinse it out in a lake or stream first.
  1. Get the grime off. For most people, sex outside is better when you’re clean—or you at least smell like it. So, once you’re more than a day into a trip that’s far from a hot shower and you’ve gotten sweaty or dirty, you’ve got a few options: Wet wipes are your friend (good for both before and after); use biodegradable soap and a little heated stream water for a quick scrub of the important bits; or jump in a river or lake for an exhilarating, fresh feeling. If you’re using soap—even the biodegradable kind—always wash and rinse onshore at least 200 feet away from water.
  1. Positions may vary. Basically, having sex in a tent is like having sex on your living room floor, only often with a way lower ceiling. So don’t feel as though you have to stick with missionary or woman on top. Experiment. If you can do it laying down or sitting up, you can do it in a tent. Though do your best not to press too hard on the tent walls, especially if it’s raining. The last thing you want is for your shelter to collapse or leak while you’re busy getting busy.
  1. Consider sex outside your tent—weather permitting and assuming no one is around. Sure, you could lay your sleeping pad or bag out under the stars, but the outdoors offers many other options as well. Lean against a tree or sit on a branch (be sure to check for sap, hornets’ nests, and creepy crawlies first), bend over a nice round boulder, prop a foot on a ledge or stump and do it standing, or simply lay on grass or moss. Be cautious about getting busy in a camp chair—you might exceed the weight range and they are prone to tipping over.
  1. You don’t need to camp overnight to enjoy tent sex. Toss a small shelter, a blanket, and maybe a sleeping pad in your daypack the next time you head out for a hike or picnic. Most tents take less than five minutes to set up, and there’s likely no need to stake it out or even use the rain fly unless your walls are mesh. Pop it up and enjoy the privacy for a few hours or an afternoon and take it down when you’re done. 

Sex outdoors can add zest and spice to your life and your relationship, but it helps to remember a little planning goes a long way. Follow these guidelines, and on your next camping, backpacking, or hiking trip, have fun doing it like the bears do…In the woods.

Stacy Gold is an outdoor adventure athlete and contemporary romance author. Her latest book is Wild at Heart (May 2022, Ally Press)

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