It might seem impossible, but summer is already almost over. The smell of crisp, fall air is about to fill the air, and even though there is a bit of a nip in the air, it is a truly majestic time to go camping. It’s especially a perfect time to go camping if you love to start a fire and look at the changing colors of the leaves. However, because summer camping is very different from fall camping, you need to make sure you are preparing properly. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the new season.
- Be Prepared
Before you leave for your trip, make sure to research about the fall camping destination. Make sure know what the weather is typical during that time of the year, where the campsites are, and if there are any fun activities you can do, like hiking, kayaking, fishing, or more.
- Use A Tarp
Using a tarp underneath your tent is an excellent way to help insulate you away from the chill of the fall air. If fall rains are more prevalent in your area, it can also help to keep your tent dry. Make sure that the tent fully covers the tarp. If any part of the bottom tarp is exposed, it will collect water, and you might wake up with a soggy sleeping bag.
- Plan For An Earlier Sunset
When camping or hiking in the fall, remember that the sun will set a few hours earlier than you might be used to during the summer. Bring plenty of flashlights, batteries, or a headlamp to ensure that you can still move around the campsite at night without any problems.
- Test Out Your Gear
If you are using a thicker sleeping bag or a new tent, make sure to test it out before you embark on the trip. Therefore, you can make sure there are no broken tents or zippers that will put a damper on your trip.
- Pack For Fall
When you go camping in the fall, it can be tricky to know what to wear, but the key is layering. At the beginning of the day, the temperature might start cold, then go to hot by noon, and then back to cold at night. When you are sleeping, or just starting to warm up, you might need more layers.
Your packing list might look like:
- Hat to keep you warm at night
- Jacket that is wind and water-resistant
- Gloves or mittens
- Moisture-wicking thermal underwear
- Sweater or jacket that you can take off as you get warmer
- Rain jacket
- Pack an NOAA Radio
In the fall, you never know what weather might pop up, including sudden thunderstorms, or even snowstorms if you are camping in elevation. Therefore, having an NOAA Radio is always a good idea, because it can inform you of any sudden weather changes. An NOAA radio like this one can even serve as a way to charge your devices, or as a back-up lighting source.
- Be Careful of Animals
Fall is a time when most animals are mating and are more active or aggressive than they might have been earlier in the year. Therefore, be respectful of the wildlife, and clean up your trash and food, so you aren’t attracting any wildlife like bears to your campsite.