Smell that? It’s the smell of a fall camping trip and there’s nothing else quite like it. The sun is shining despite a slight nip in the air, a fire is crackling nearby and the leaves are falling in a flurry of changing colors—fall is truly a majestic time of year, hence why fall camping trips are so popular. The following tips will help ensure your next fall camping adventure is one for the books!
- Read Up on Where You’re Going
Come prepared to make the most of your adventure by researching everything you can about your fall camping destination. Find out what the weather will be like, what camp sites are available, and what type of activities or noteworthy sites are in the area.
- Place a Tarp Beneath Your Tent
Place a tarp between your tent and the ground to keep moisture out and to help better insulate your sleeping accommodations. The goal is to make sure the tarp is fully covered by the outer surface of the tent, if any of the tarp is exposed it’ll collect water that can end up in your tent.You can protect the rest of your gear from water by bringing plenty of trash bags to wrap up boots, cooking utensils, shoes, etc.
- Plan Activities to Stay Busy & Warm
Sitting around could leave you feeling too cold for comfort so make sure to bring and plan plenty of activities. Hiking, hunting rock climbing or playing a game of corn hole; there are countless ways to stay busy and warm.
- Bring a Fire Starter
Fall is known to deliver moist weather which can make starting a fire trickier than usual, especially if you’re relying on materials found near your campsite. Just because you bring a fire starter doesn’t mean you must use it. But if you do need it, you’ll be very glad you brought it along.
- Remember it Gets Dark Earlier in Fall
Fall camping trips bring about shorter days and less daylight, so don’t forget to bring plenty of flashlights and back-up batteries. Additionally, make sure to arrive at your campsite early in the day so you have time to set up camp before it gets dark.
- Stay Warm While You Sleep
There’s nothing worse than freezing through the night. Fall weather is cooler and so is the ground so don’t forget to bring a warm sleeping bag labeled for use in 0-30 degrees F. You can add extra warmth, insulation, and comfort by using a Big Sky Canvas Bed Roll to your sleeping bag. Remember, your tent is just as important as your sleeping bag so invest in a high-quality Big Sky Canvas Wall Tent with a full rain fly for moisture protection.
- Bring Microfiber Towels
Microfiber towels are excellent at soaking up water. They can be used to dry off after showering, swimming, or going on a sweaty hike. They can also be used to wipe down moist chairs, spills, etc. Test Your Fall Camping Gear Before You GoSet up your tent in the backyard before you pack it up to go. This will prevent you from taking a tent with holes or broken zippers, which would be a complete nightmare in chilly autumn weather.
- Bring the Right Clothes for Fall Camping
Layering is your best bet for fall camping trips. The weather can go from ice cold to hot by mid-afternoon, especially if you are out hiking or staying active. You’re going to be far more comfortable if you can add and remove layers as needed. Important clothes to bring include:
- Moisture-wicking thermal underwear
- Sweater and/or jacket with wool or synthetic layer for added warmth
- Rain jacket and rain paints + waterproof shoes/boots
- Extra pair of shoes, plenty of socks + other under garments
- Hat to keep you warm at night or during the day
- A jacket that’s wind and water resistant
- Gloves or mittens, bring 2 pairs in case one pair gets wet and needs to dry out
- Don’t Forget the Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Just because the heat of summer is over doesn’t mean there won’t be bugs and sunshine. Don’t forget to pack your skin-saving essentials, including bug spray and sunscreen.
- Bring Your Clothes to Bed
Take your clothes for the next day into your sleeping bag with you at night. That way you can get dressed and layer up before going outside and braving the crisp morning air.
- Beware of Animals
Fall is matting season for a lot of animals, which means they might be more aggressive. Be respectful of wildlife, leave nothing behind, and keep your trash and food picked up so as not to attract bears or other wildlife to your campsite.