Like always, summer is gone in a blink of an eye. Which means it’s time to prep for fall camping! You’ll need to be prepared for more diverse weather that may come your way. Fall camping can be just as enjoyable as summer camping. Here are a few reasons why.
1. Cooler Temperatures
With cooler temperatures in the fall this means you don’t have to worry about hot, sticky nights while trying to sleep. Fall camping is perfect, due to its not to cold and not to hot temperatures. Cooler weather is also nice when it comes hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. You won’t sweat or be as tires as you would be if the sun was beating down on you.
In the summer, bugs can be very pesky, making it hard to enjoy any outdoor adventures you’re planning to do. One great thing about the fall, bugs tend to be few and far between. This makes it much more pleasant to do the outdoor activities you enjoy.
Regardless of where you camp in the fall, you’re bound to see the changing of the seasons. With leaves changing colors and falling to the ground, the scenery will be different than it is in the summer. Don’t let this fall escape you, go experience it.
Do you enjoy having privacy while camping? Fall is the perfect time to go camping if you enjoy privacy and want more space to yourself. There are much smaller crowds in the fall, making it easier to be able to camp where you want.
How to go from Summer Camping to Fall
Now that we’ve discussed why it’s such a great idea to get out and enjoy fall camping, here’s the best way to prep for it.
Get a warmer sleeping bag
Sleeping bags are no longer an option in the fall – it’s a necessity. The nights are cooler causing you to need a sleeping bag of some sort. In some areas, temperatures can drop anywhere between 10 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit. The perfect sleeping bag for these kinds of temperatures would be a 3-Season. For the campers that like to get into these colder areas, a cold-weather sleeping bag would be the best fit.
Hibernation is right around the corner, which means you still need to be cautious of wildlife while camping. Some wildlife tend to emerge more in cooler temperatures. Be sure you know what to do if you get into a situation with a wild animal. Refrain from having anything left out in your camping area that may attract animals at night.
Take advantage of cooler weather and head to warmer climates
During the summer months, it tends to be too hot in certain areas for you to visit and camp in, like desert areas. Why not visit your favorite desert this fall and take advantage of the warmer climate? Don’t forget, temperatures do cool down at night in the desert so be sure to pack gear for cooler temperatures.
Plan for longer hikes
Hikes tend to be cut short due to the exposure of the sun draining your energy during the summer months. In the fall, temperatures are much cooler allowing you to take much longer hikes without overheating.
Bring extra lights
Fall days are much shorter than your average summer day. Take this into consideration and be sure to pack headlamps, flashlights, and lanterns. Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the fun must end.
Fall is a legitimate time to pack the hot cocoa and marshmallows. There is nothing better than enjoying a cup of hot cocoa while sitting next to a warm fire.
Pack more layers
Layering your clothing is very important because you can never be sure what the weather may bring in the fall. One minute the sun could be shinning, and the next, it could be cold and rainy. A waterproof jacket is another item to pack just in case it does start raining. Being soak and wet is no way to spend your camping trip!
Enjoy different foods
It’s typically too hot to cook over a campfire for each meal during the summer months. Fall on the other hand, is one of the best times to enjoy campfire cooking. Take a new campfire recipe or enjoy the favorites, like s’mores, hot dogs, hobo dinners, and cast-iron meals. Whatever you cook, enjoy the amazing taste a campfire brings out!!
Start something new this fall and enjoy camping. You may find yourself liking fall camping even more than summer camping. The world has just too many adventures to only camp during the summer months – widen your horizon and enjoy a new adventure this fall!!
Information on how to switch from summer camping to fall camping was found at KOA.com.