6 Great Tips for Fall Camping

6 Great Tips for Fall Camping

Camping doesn’t have to be reserved for warmer months. There may even be an upside to taking a trip when the temperature dips.
Camping in cooler weather lets you experience the outdoors in a whole new way.

Here are six tips to help you get the most from your cool-weather camping trip.

1. Stay Up-To-Date with Weather Forecasts

Though packing the right layers can help you manage your body temperature outdoors in fall, it's helpful to know what layers to pack and what to expect based on the temperatures you encounter. Weather can fluctuate quickly in autumn, so make sure to check the forecast frequently and up until the minute you're ready to head out. Depending on where you're going, you might need to prepare for rain, potentially even snow.

2. Sleeping Pad

Since you're not backpacking, bring the thickest, biggest self-inflating foam pad you have. It'll provide cushioning, but more critically, a sleeping pad insulates you from the cold ground. Additionally, luxury-minded campers can slip a blanket underneath the pad for added comfort.

3. Don't forget about the bugs

Just because summer is over doesn't mean the mosquitoes and gnats have gotten the memo. They will still be biting for a while so bring your preferred insect repellent.

4. Pick Your Campsite Carefully

Choose a sheltered spot in which you can set up your campsite, with the aim to create as much warmth as possible. Find a spot where you're likely to get some morning sun. You can create a 'wall' by hanging a tarp between trees to create shelter from the wind. Hang another tarp over your eating area in case of rain.

5. Beware the Animals

During fall, animals may be more aggressive. Follow animal safety regulations. Don't leave food around. Instead, use a bear can or put your food up a tree.

Likewise, remember to respect lifecycles. Wildlife often engages in fall mating rituals, and while it is interesting, it is important to keep your distance. Don't approach the animals, as they may be more aggressive than usual.

6. Bring Equipment and Ingredients for Hot Beverages

As the sun sets, make sure you've got the equipment and ingredients for hot apple cider, tea, hot cocoa, or whatever beverage makes you feel warm and happy inside before you turn in.

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