The Essential Bucket List For Every Couple: 11 Super Romantic Things To Do Together To Keep It Real

If you’re in a relationship that has been going steady for a while, or if you’re married for that matter, it can be a bit of a challenge to keep finding novel romantic things to do to keep the the fun activities going (and we’re not alluding to the bedroom here, for once). Indeed, relationship experts believe that the key to a successful relationship is the continuation of the experiences that made up the first so many months of your courtship and relationship, to keep the dating feel alive, so to speak. On the other hand, it isn’t always possible to do just that without planning; there is work to be done, bills to be paid and so many other things, little and large, that need to be attended to. And to be quite honest, movie night, while super fun, shouldn’t be the only activity that you have to look forward to for the rest of the time you’re going to spend with each other.

Instead, we’re going to propose a little bucket list of 11 rewarding and fun things that you probably haven’t tried, but you really should. Let’s start with number 11:

11. Puzzles


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An activity most therapeutic, puzzles are a great way to spend some time together without doing much talking. In essence, you’re allowing your brain to switch off to an extent, but still spending a wonderfully pleasant evening with the one you love. You’re working together, and your mind is off the stresses of everyday life. We recommend a cup of hot cocoa each to really sweeten the deal.

10. Cook Together


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Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it really does warrant one try. Either it’ll be epic or one of you will burn a saucepan just trying to heat some water, but trivialities aside, it should be an evening of great fun. Sitting down together at the dining table to eat without distractions is a bonus, but just make sure to agree on sharing the cleaning up after responsibilities as well.

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9. Shower Together



A tub is hard to find, and if you have one, we’re not going to pretend you and your SO haven’t already gotten into one together. A lazy Sunday shower, however, is an entirely different proposition. Sure, the stream of water isn’t enough for the both of you, but you learn to compromise and having someone be able to scrub the hard-to-reach places on your back is sheer bliss.

8. Take A Road Trip



But there’s a caveat – it has to last more than a couple of hours. Why? Well, it’s an excellent way to test your relationship; think about it. Out on the open road, with little to no distractions (the phone will die soon, make it a point not to carry battery packs) you learn a lot about yourself, the other person and the two of you in general. Any character traits of impatience, aggression, reactions to adversity like delays or flat tires and all that stuff – that says a lot about who you are as a couple. Plus, it’s always interesting to see who gets to pick what plays and for how long.

7. Watch The Night Skies Out In The Countryside



Maybe one to club with the road trip, the act of watching the inky black skies with it’s shimmering specks of light is an act intrinsically romantic, and not even in the “i luv u, bby” way. That’s why people who are single do it as well, stooping to wish upon a shooting star that they find love soon. Well, if you’ve done same (or haven’t), check out the starry sky from a non middle-of-the-city location; it’s quite beautiful and moving.

6. Hold Hands



No, we’re not running out of things to say, this is important. Touch is essential to keeping things smooth, and one of the best ways to spend time together is to talk the way you did when you first met – a lot of blathering with some very significant bits thrown in, just grateful to have the other person’s company. And do it while holding hands. The other little touches are just as beautiful and important, gently brushing her hair or her grabbing his arm in the morning to pull him back for one more kiss.

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5. Write Down The Good Stuff


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Keep a notebook handy (maybe in the kitchen or dining area) and write in it all of the positive thoughts going through your head. It can be a simple “Thanks for helping with breakfast” or “You look good today” or even a “Thanks for picking up the kids on such short notice, you’re the best.” A sincere “I love you” works well too, but the key here is to be positive, only, and write when you mean it. Then when things are not so good, the both of you can pop open the notebook and look back at all of the positives and realize that it’s not all bad.

4. Spontaneous Trips



Unlike the road trip or visits to your family over Christmas, a spontaneous trip keeps things fresh and exciting, and is a great way to spend some time together. It could be a day spent browsing at the mall, a visit to the park (with a quick stop to pick up sandwiches) or even an afternoon spent fooling around at the local library.

3. Grow A Garden


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It sounds like work, and there’s no denying that it is. Still, for those with no kids, or those whose kids are old enough to not need constant watching, this is an excellent exercise. It doesn’t have to involve prize petunias or designer soil, just the basics. De-weed the soil and grow things, maybe even tomatoes. Knowing that the salad you just ate all came from the garden you tended to together is an incredible feeling.

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2. Dance



In the middle of your living room, to your favourite tunes. Maybe one song that brings a tear to your eye, and then one that reminds you of the early days together. You don’t need to know any steps, just hold each other and feel the rhythm, and feel connected. Be delicate, know that movement flows through your veins just like it did for all of your ancestors before you, without whom you wouldn’t be here. Revel in your intimate space. Feel alive. Dance.

1. Stand Up For Each Other In The Face Of Family



Hopefully, you’ll never get the chance to have to do this more than maybe once, but when that one chance comes about, make sure to seize it and make it your moment. All of the “I love you’s” in the world don’t add up to making your beloved feel appreciated and at least equal to, if not above, the rest of your family, especially if criticism is unwarranted or harsh. If you’re the guy, place your hand gently on the small of her back and bust out your retort. If you’re the girl, take his hand, pull him close and say your piece. If they have a problem, they’re the one’s who are going to have to deal with it, and that’s not going to happen by driving a wedge between you and the one you love.