Foolproof Tips for Fall Camping Trips
The winds of Fall are beginning to blow across the country. The nights are cooler and the days shorter. So, it's time for you to turn your thoughts to Fall camping.
Do you know prices are lower at many parks and campgrounds in the Fall? They are, and at a week's notice, you can check the weather and reserve a spot to enjoy the bright colors and cool days and nights of Fall at a campsite of your choosing.
Whether your camping style includes a tent, camper trailer, or RV, plans for getting on the road with everything you need for your Fall outing are similar.
Whatever drives your desire to go camping in the Fall, you know you need a checklist to help you gather everything you need together for a foolproof camping trip.
Planning Your Fall Camping Trip
During summer camping, you can get by with a hammock tied to the trunks of trees, where you can rest and daydream or sleep all night. Although still necessary, clothes can be lightweight and easy to pack.
However, fall camping requires more clothing and equipment to stay warm. If you enjoy Fall camping, you need to be geared up so that you and the campers with you are as comfortable as possible.
Tent – Made for Cold Weather
A tent suitable for camping in the Fall needs a rain fly and to be large enough for you and whomever you take with you on your trip.
Not all tent camping equipment is the same and come in different weights and configurations. You can buy a lightweight tent for yourself or go all out and get a tent that will comfortably house six or more, with space for storing gear and a week's worth of supplies.
If your plan is for many camping trips in cooler weather, investing in a quality tent will keep you warm and dry, even when the weather isn’t ideal.
Sleeping Bag – Made For Cold Weather
Sleeping bags are made of different styles, weights, and materials. There are rectangular sleeping bags that you can zip together if they are the same size, to give you the space of a full-size bed.
And then there are mummy-style sleeping bags, which wrap you up like a mummy or cocoon. They snugly cover your body and your head, which keeps your body heat inside, keeping you warm.
You can purchase sleeping bags in weights for summer weather or camping in an area where the temperature can drop below freezing. However, unlike a tent you can use for all seasons, if you camp all year round, you may need more than one type of sleeping bag.
Ground Pad – For Sleeping
If you have slept on the ground without a ground pad, air mattress, or layer of hay (great trick) under your tent, you understand the need to use one of the above to stay warm.
Even with a ground cloth or tarp under your tent, it's not enough to keep the cold ground from seeping into your body as you sleep. However, a foam ground pad, which is light and compact, or an air mattress will insulate your body from the cold moisture of the ground and offer padding and warmth.
Tarp(s) – For A More Comfortable Campsite
You can use a tarp to put under your tent, but you can also use one as a canopy, lean-to, and windbreaker. Even if you only go camping for a few days, these additions to your camping gear will make your trip more enjoyable.
Dress For The Occasion – To Stay Warm And Dry
Getting wet and cold is an experience you’ll never forget. However, if you dress for the occasion and forecasted weather, you should be able to endure a weekend without getting frostbitten toes because you came prepared.
If you have the right sleeping gear, you don't need to sleep in your clothes when camping. Sweatpants and shirts are as good in bed as they are around the campfire and are a great way to stay warm and cozy.
Boots, rain gear, and other warm clothing are also necessary when camping in the cold. You’ll need more clothes, too, because if you get wet, you will need to get into dry clothes as soon as possible.
Setting Up Camp
Unless you go camping in a travel trailer or RV, any cooking you do will be outside, and tarps can help you set up a camp kitchen. If there’s a chance of rain, cooking over an open campfire will be difficult.
However, you can use one of your tarps to make a lean-to to cover your food prep table and camp stove. Of course, food takes longer to cook when it's 50 degrees outside, so be sure you get your food hot enough to be safe.
A camp kitchen requires everything you need to make a meal. With a Renlicon Out-In-About Box™, you can put your cooking utensils, cups, plates, extra propane, and other cooking items in one place. And you can leave it there so that when you go camping, you have a kitchen that can quickly go with you.
Gear To Make Camping More Manageable And More Fun
At Renlicon we aim to provide the best products for camping adventures and playtime. Whether camping in a two-person tent or an RV, we gear our products toward you. If you’re getting ready for a Fall camping trip, download our Essential Camping Checklist so you don’t forget a thing!