Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple’s Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature by Michelle Waitzman is a unique guidebook – an interesting cross between a beginners’ camping guide and a manual on sexual positions. Peppered with stories of couples making love in idyllic coves and those getting caught in campgrounds, there is much useful advice here for those looking to increase the romance in the great outdoors.
The early chapters ‘Convincing your reluctant partner that camping is fun’ and ‘Planning a trip that won’t end your relationship’ revolve around communication and considering each person’s abilities. Talking about people’s fears of wild animals, insects, or just not being able to keep up with their partner becomes very important when planning a trip as well as taking turns deciding what fun activities to do while you’re away.
Then Waitzman jumps right into the practicals: ‘How to keep smelling good enough to kiss,’ ‘Creating a romantic dinner from a Ziploc bag,’ and ‘How to have sex in a tent.’ She starts with some fairly obvious suggestions about freshening up your breath and body odors by setting up your campsite by a lake and jumping in or bringing extra socks and underwear with you. The next chapter on outdoor cooking is much more innovative – she includes a sample menu with recipes for a weekend camping trip. Smoked Chicken Alfredo with Mushrooms, Muchas Mexican Heat, and Sinful Chocolate Fondue are some of the delights and you won’t get bored because you never eat the same thing twice. These indulgent meals are sure to set the mood along with the all-day flirtation she encourages.
The real heart of the book is next when Waitzman gets to ‘building your love nest’ and the details of positions that won’t bring the tent down on top of you. She stresses the importance of making the tent comfortable with sleeping pads, sleeping bags that zip together, etc. Spooning turns out to be the position that involves the least movement, so therefore will surely keep your tent standing. But most of the wildest positions don’t involve being in a tent at all – her hammock and canoe ideas were probably the most ingenious.
Waitzman also has sections on car camping, paddling and backpacking with unique suggestions for each one – from bringing bottles of wine and pillows for car camping to underwater sex for paddlers.
For avid travelers there are appendixes on both the most romantic campsites in North America and a smattering of fantastic places to camp throughout the rest of the world. She suggests the popular ‘trips of a lifetime’ worldwide – places like Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, and the Tour de Mont Blanc in the Alps. In North America she notes some more out of the way places like Pinnell Mountain Trail in Alaska for backpackers, Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Nevada’s for car-campers and the island of Molokai in Hawaii for paddlers.
Rounding out the book is a resource section on everything from the Kama Sutra to the National Park Service. So if you’ve been wondering how to get it on while camping, this book is definitely for you.
Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple’s Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature, Michelle Waitzman, Wilderness Press 2007, $14.95
©Christina Kay Bolton