With endless options for outdoor exploration, Central Oregon makes the perfect getaway for the adventurous couple. Locals share a serious love for the outdoors and camping is the perfect way to kick back, relax and enjoy everything Bend has to offer! The smell of the campfire, pine trees, and breathtaking views are guaranteed to put any couple into a summertime love spell. What better way to spend your romantic adventure than a night under the stars? Camping is easier than you may think, as long as you remember to bring the right resources.
We recommend the following essentials for the ultimate camping date in Bend:
Cash (fees may apply at some campgrounds)
Tent or hammock
Sleeping bag or blankets
Lighter or matches
Flashlight or lantern
Hatchet or axe
First aid kit
Sunscreen and bug spray
Toilet paper and paper towels
Cooler and ice
Hiking gear (boots, day pack)
Kayak or stand up paddle board for water adventures
Cooking items (camp stove, pots/pans, mugs/cups, utensils)
Food (meals, snacks, condiments, and s’mores!)
Drinks (if bringing beer, cans are preferred and safer for camp environments)
Local tip: Prep your food before you head out! This saves time at the campground and also saves you from forgetting necessary ingredients at home. (We all learn from our mistakes, right?)
We suggest the following camp meals for your overnight adventure:
Lunch: Hot dogs over the campfire!
Snacks: Chips and salsa
Dinner: Kebabs! Prep these ahead of time:
Marinate chicken or steak, peppers, and white onion in barbecue sauce
Skewer ingredients onto a kebab stick
Wrap in aluminum foil, place in plastic bag, and store in cooler
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and bacon. Prep eggs ahead of time:
Crack 4-6 eggs into a bowl
Add salt and pepper
Whisk eggs together, pour into a sealed plastic bag, and store in cooler.
Snack: Carrots and hummus. These are easy to bring on a hike or store in your kayak!
Choosing a destination might be the hardest part about camping because there are so many beautiful spots to choose from. Campsites by the lake or river are perfect for those looking to play in the water, but maybe you’re seeking mountain views and access to nearby hiking trails! Don’t stress over planning the perfect camping getaway, let Locals Compass do the planning for you. Our Local Experts can provide a personalized itinerary that includes the best campsites, local spots to buy or rent outdoor gear for your adventure, the best places to stock up on local craft beer, and much more. Connect with a Bend Local today!