Tips for Fall Camping Comfort

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Tips for Fall Camping Comfort

There are many reasons why camping during the fall months can be just as, if not more, appealing than any other season. The weather tends to be more mild than summer, the colorful fall foliage enhances your surroundings, and it’s the opportunity for one last “hurrah” before the frigidly cold temperatures of winter set in. But there are also aspects to fall camping that can set you at a disadvantage, such as the short days and freezing nights. Continue reading to learn some camping tips that will help ensure you are able to have an awesome autumn adventure in comfort.

Before You Go

Adequately preparing for a camping trip, no matter the time of year, is critical. Use the following tips as a checklist to make sure you have all the fall essentials you need before you head out:

  • Pack a cold weather sleeping bag. Even though daytime temperatures may still be well into the 50’s and 60’s, it is likely to dip down into freezing temps once the sun goes down. Having a sleeping bag labeled for use in weather between 0°-30° will help you get a good night’s sleep despite the cold.
  • Invest in sleeping pads. In addition to your cold weather sleeping bag, a sleeping pad will help keep you nice and cozy throughout the night by keeping you off of the cold ground.
  • Bring clothes you can layer. With fall’s often-changing temperatures, packing a variety of clothing is a good idea so you can adapt to the current conditions. Pants, shorts, short- and long-sleeved shirts, tank tops and sweaters are all good choices to pack for your fall camping trip.
  • Load up on firewood. One of the best ways to keep warm during the chilly autumn evenings is by cuddling up next to a campfire. Make sure you bring plenty of firewood to ensure you can keep the fire going until you’re ready to head to bed.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Monitor the forecast in the days leading up to your trip. Although colder weather is to be expected, if there is a significant amount of snow or extremely cold weather in the forecast, you may want to put a halt on your expedition.

When You Get to the Campsite

Although you may be ready to unload your vehicle and get to the fun, there are some important steps you should take once you arrive at the campground:

  • Choose a campsite upwind from neighbors. Like you, everyone else at the campground will be utilizing a campfire to stay cozy, so staying upwind will keep you from inhaling their fire’s smoke all night.
  • Pick a sunny spot. Make the most use out of daylight by choosing a campsite that receives sunlight throughout the day.
  • Set up early. With the sun going down earlier and earlier each day, it’s a good idea to begin setting up your tent and other supplies well before sunset.

During Your Stay

Follow the tips below to stay comfy throughout your fall camping trip:

  • Stay active. It’s no secret that movement helps keep the body warm, and camping provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, such as hiking, biking, fishing, or even just playing charades with your group.
  • Drink hot beverages. Fall is the season for hot chocolate and apple cider, and sipping on these drinks are great for keeping you warm from the inside out.
  • Keep the next day’s clothes in your tent. By stowing the clothes you plan on wearing the next day, you’ll allow them to retain some of your warmth so they aren’t so cold when you first put them on.
  • Sleep with a full water bottle. No, this isn’t to make sure you have refreshment in the middle of the night. Lying with a water bottle filled with warm water (and, of course, tightly sealed) will assist in keeping you snug through the night.
  • Use the bathroom before bed. Although this is a good tip for camping in any season, you will feel the least like getting out of your warm tent to use the bathroom during the cold autumn nights.

At the Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental, we’re open all year long and are the perfect destination for a fall camping escapade. Call us at (308) 546-2206 or (888) 278-6167 to reserve your camping spot today!