Fall camping tips for the adventurous

Posted by on Aug 26, 2020 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fall camping tips for the adventurous


If you’re the type that thinks the camping opportunities end with the changing of the seasons, you’re missing out on some truly unique adventures. Sure, summer camping is great. Lakes, boats, swimming, and bathing in the sun on a sandy beach are activities we support 100%! But have you ever spent a couple days off the grid, enjoying the scenery that only comes to life during the cooler fall months? You should. In fact, you should start planning that trip right now. Your soul deserves it!

We’ve put together a short list of tips you can use to make the most of your fall adventure, but the best way to get into the fall camping spirit, is to just get out there and do it. Explore, be adventurous, and enjoy a new experience. Don’t forget the warm drinks.


Find the Perfect Location

Location is everything when it comes to fall camping. Think about what type of activities you’re hoping to engage in on your trip, and seek out a place that offers recreational opportunities that you’ll enjoy. Nearly every city, town, state, province or region, has a social media page dedicated to people sharing their favorite spots in the area, along with ideas on how to best enjoy those areas. Join a group, ask questions, get feedback, and find your next destination!

One of the most compelling reasons to camp during the fall is the stunning fall foliage. The great outdoors comes to life during the autumn months, and can offer views that we only get during a very short window of opportunity. Depending on your location, September through October usually provides the most beautiful scenery. Use that backdrop to get the most out of your adventure, and don’t forget your camera, as the sights are something you’ll want to remember for years to come.


Pack the Right Gear

If you’re new to fall camping, this is especially important. The elements are much different than during the summer months, and the weather can change on a dime. Be prepared for the unexpected, and don’t be caught off guard.

Though the daytime temperatures can feel like the perfect conditions, the sun will set, and you’ll need to be ready for it. Pack a cold-weather sleeping bag that is rated for 0-30 degrees Fahrenheit. You can always layer down if you get too warm, but you don’t want to ruin your adventure by freezing through the night. Mummy bags are your best bet for keeping yourself cozy and comfortable during the sleeping hours.

Investing in a quality tent is a must, especially for fall camping. Find yourself a solid three-season tent, and be sure to include a rain fly to keep moisture out. Bringing along a couple tarps is a great idea, one to place underneath the tent, and one just in case. “Just in case” is generally a good phrase to keep in mind when packing for fall adventure!

Bring along a mix of clothing for layering. Breathable, water resistant clothing such as wool, fleece, and synthetic materials will help keep you dry and comfortably warm. Open up your closet and check these items off your list:

  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece jacket
  • Winter cap or beanie
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sturdy boots or all-weather shoes
  • Extra shoes and socks
  • Plenty of changes of clothes…just in case

Don’t forget your bug spray, stock up on firewood if you’ll be in one spot for the trip, and be prepared for rain. This means investing in a good backpack with a rain cover, or bringing along some plastic bags, and using water tight containers for your food items. Those tarps you remembered to bring along can be hoisted and tied above your area to provide shelter if needed.


Setup Your Site

Keep warmth in mind when setting up your camping site. Try to find a place that will be hit with sun during the day if possible. The warm morning sun will feel amazing shining down on you as you prepare for another day of adventure.

Hang a tarp between trees to provide some additional shelter from wind, rain, and to give yourself some shade if the daytime sun gets a little toasty. Be sure to make sure your tarp and tent are secured extra tight in case of high winds.


Keep Yourself Warm

There are plenty of ways to keep warm in cooler temps. Nobody enjoys being cold, and you can avoid it quite easily.

  • Layer up– Start with a base layer such as thermal underwear to keep moisture away from your skin. Add a layer for warmth, and an outer layer to keep heat from escaping.
  • Eat the carbs– Carbs and fatty foods help your internal furnace burn!
  • Sip on something hot– Bring insulated cups for hot beverages or soup, they’ll increase your body temp whenever you need.
  • Keep it moving– You’re out there for adventure, so get out and move around. A busy body is a warm body!


Fall camping trips are an amazing way to enjoy the Great Outdoors. With a little planning and an adventurous spirit, you may find exactly the escape you’re looking for. If stunning sunrises and sunsets are what you’re after, we hear the foothills of Mullen, Nebraska are perfect for fall camping!

Contact us for all of your daily entertainment needs from kayaking and canoeing to bird watching and river tanking. If camping isn’t your thing, our Sandhills Motel is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the beauty of fall in Nebraska while still enjoying the luxuries of home.