Have the best fall camping trip with tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
The leaves are changing color, the weather’s getting colder and fall is definitely in the air. While summer is the height of the camping season, fall camping can be just as fun. You won’t have to worry about pesky mosquitoes or the hot summer weather. Use our five tips to get the most out of your fall camping trip.
1. Prepare to Sleep in Cold Conditions
During the day you can enjoy the nice weather, but nightfall may bring on cooler temps. A sturdy tent with a rain fly is the first step to keeping the cold at bay. Use a tarp underneath your tent to keep moisture out. You’ll also definitely want a sleeping pad. Not only will it make for a more comfortable night’s sleep, but it also puts another layer between the ground’s moisture and you. Once you have the sleeping pad down, it’s time to break out a warm three season sleeping bag. It will keep you warm in temperatures down to 10 degrees.
2. Make a Camping Checklist
Any camping trip, no matter the season, requires some prep work. Whether you’re backpacking or camping in a campsite, you’ll want to follow a checklist. You’ll need the basics, such as food, a tent, sleeping bags, and personal care items. You can use our camping checklist and modify it to fit your needs.
3. Research the Perfect Location
The perfect location can mean saving money or enjoying everything fall weather has to offer. Check with local campgrounds to see if there’s a change in pricing from the busy summer season. Many state parks and national forests also have reduced fees after Labor Day. It’s a good idea to plan your trip around the fall activities you want to enjoy. Whether it’s watching the leaves turn colors, apple-picking or even kayaking, check with the locals for a fun-filled trip.
4. Prepare Your Campsite For Inclement Weather
Fall weather can be unpredictable. Once you’ve found the perfect campsite, it’s time to make sure you’ll be protected from the elements. Look for a spot where there is natural shelter to help block out the wind. Hanging a tarp between trees by your tent can also help block cold gusts of wind. A tarp hung over your eating area is also a good idea, especially if there’s going to be rain.
5. Find Various Ways to Stay Warm
Obviously you’ll want to dress appropriately for the fall weather. Layer up with thermal underwear, a flannel shirt or sweatshirt and a windproof softshell outer layer. You’ll also want to bring a winter hat to keep the wind and cold at bay. There are other ways to keep warm when you’re fall camping. Hand warmers are great for days spent hiking. Sipping on hot beverages, such as hot chocolate or coffee, throughout the day can keep you internally warm.
Fall camping is a great way to spend time with your friends and family while enjoying everything nature has to offer. For more tips and tricks for braving the great outdoors, visit our camping blog.