Valentine’s Day Date Inspiration: Outdoorsy Adventures!

Smack dab in the middle of wet, cold February might not seem like the ideal time for exploring the great outdoors, but if you’re looking for a memorable Valentine’s Day experience, throw on a coat and drag your sweetheart outside. Whether you take a walk through a park, hit up a hiking trail, skip stones on a raging river (good luck), or brave a stormy beach, you’ll be in for an adventure, and you won’t have to worry about fighting the crowds at Olive Garden. Jump in puddles, take pictures, get thoroughly cold and uncomfortable, then head home and get warm together (if you know what I mean). Here is everything you need for a perfectly imperfect outdoorsy Valentine’s Day date…

Rain Jacket: You’re probably gonna get wet, yes, but you can avoid getting drenched. [$69, LL Bean]

Boots: The brighter, the better. [$30, Target]

Warm Hat: Bonus points for an appropriately lovey-dovey heart print. [Neff Beanie, $22, Zappos]

Camera: Adventures like this must be well documented! [Nikon Coolpix, $79, Amazon]

Thermos:Warm up with a hot drink. [$30, Modcloth]

Swanky Hot Chocolate & Gourmet Marshmallows: Bring some along, and have some more when you snuggle up later. [Sharffen Berger Cocoa, $11, Sur la Table; Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, $6, Plush Puffs]

Cozy Blanket: Again, half the fun (or maybe more than half) of this date is the process of getting warm and cozy afterwards! [Textured Throw, $28, Target]