Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching. Here’s how you can start planning the special day, and incorporate your car into the celebration of love.
It’s that time of the year again. The sweet aroma of love is floating in the air as dainty red and pink colored hearts start taking over supermarket aisles. And you’ve likely started brainstorming romantic Valentine’s Day ideas to surprise your partner and make them feel special.
However, planning the perfect date for Valentine’s Day isn’t easy. Whether you want to go out for a fancy meal or an exotic vacation, it involves a substantial pocket pinch. Also, the ongoing pandemic has made it necessary to make Valentine’s Day plans that’ll let you avoid large crowds.
The good news is that you don’t have to break a sweat to plan a socially distant Valentine’s Day outing with your S.O. You just have to get creative and make your car a part of your Valentine’s Day plans. It’s the ideal way to plan a unique, memorable, and pocket-friendly date while maintaining COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols.
Here are a few useful ideas to utilize your car for your Valentine’s Day plans:
1. Go on a Long Drive
The best thing about a drive is that you get to spend plenty of alone time with your partner minus any distractions. Also, it eliminates the stress of planning an extensive getaway. It’s ideal when you want to surprise your partner with an impromptu getaway.
Even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind, driving to the countryside can offer a welcome break from the city. If you’re lucky, you’ll even come across a few natural wonders on your way. You can take the experience up a notch by planning a day trip to a nearby city that offers plenty of tourist attractions.
The key to cherishing a romantic long drive is to ensure that your car is in the best driving condition. Also, don’t forget to play your partner’s favorite music on the way. It’s a good idea to carry some snacks for the road as well. Make sure you go out early in the morning and choose a route that’s going to be less crowded.
2. Plan a Road Trip
When it comes to Valentine’s Day plans, you can never go wrong with a road trip. All you have to do is find the right destination. Make sure you discuss with your partner and understand their travel preferences before selecting a destination for your road trip.
Also, it’s a good idea to plan the route in advance and check for any travel restrictions. Run a quick Google search for the route and find whether there are enough public restrooms and eateries on the way.
Make sure you take your car for routine maintenance and get the gas tank filled before hitting the road. You should also invest in a pair of high-quality neck pillows to ensure that your bae has a comfortable and stress-free ride. You could consider getting other car accessories, such as a portable dustbin and back seat organizer to make the journey hassle-free.
3. Enjoy a Car Picnic
Ditch those overcrowded fine dining restaurants on Valentine’s Day and pack a picnic basket in your car instead. You can pick up some food from a drive-through restaurant in your area. Or you could make the date unforgettable by surprising your S.O. with a delicious home-cooked meal.
It is, however, important to select a good location for your picnic. Instead of settling for the go-to park in your neighborhood, look for a secluded and unconventional picnic spot. For instance, you could drive a few miles away from the city to reach a lesser-known lake or riverside. Or you could simply park your car in an empty field on the outskirts of your city.
Make sure you pack enough food and beverages for the entire day. Also, don’t forget to bring essential supplies, including plates, cups, cutlery, and a picnic blanket. Depending on your car’s storage capacity, you could also carry a pair of folding chairs and a table.
Irrespective of where you’re going for the picnic, stay back till evening to cherish the sunset with your bae. If you’re not ready to leave just yet, wait until the sky turns into a star-studded extravaganza. Sit back on the hood of your car, hold your partner’s hand, and enjoy stargazing.
4. Go Car Camping
If a road trip sounds too mainstream, try camping in your car instead. It’s the ideal Valentine’s Day plan for adventure enthusiasts who enjoy unwinding amidst nature. The best part is that you can experience the joy of sleeping under the stars with your S.O. Could a Valentine’s Day date get any more romantic?
Look for easily accessible campsites in state and national parks near your city that allow car camping. Or you could just drive into the woods and set up your camp. Alternatively, you could enjoy car camping on the beachfront. The key is to find a spot that doesn’t attract too many tourists.
It’s also a good idea to invest in a durable and waterproof rooftop tent. You could also buy a mini airbed to convert the backseat of your car into a cozy slumber pad. Make sure you pack all essentials, including food, drinking water, cooking supplies, and utensils.
5. Visit a Drive-in Theater
Drive-in movie theaters are all the rage right now because of the pandemic. From the latest Hollywood blockbusters to timeless world cinema – you can watch your favorite movies out in the open. Bring your favorite snacks and fuzzy blanket for a more pleasant experience. If your partner isn’t particularly fond of the movies, you could also consider watching a drive-in concert or stand-up comedy show.
You don’t need a special day to demonstrate your love for your S.O. But Valentine’s Day gives you the perfect excuse to surprise your partner with a romantic date. Whether you’re planning a picnic or want to go camping, it’s always a good idea to incorporate your car into your Valentine’s Day plans. You could also experience something new, such as watching your favorite movie at a drive-in theater.