Fall Camping Tips
Between the vibrant red and yellow foliage and the ideally cool but sunny weather conditions, it's no wonder that autumn is one of the most exciting times for camping. The change in seasons often brings out a number of hikers and campers each year. While it's easy to get caught up in the draw of the natural surrounding landscape, there are several tips to keep in mind for a safe and enjoyable camping trip.
Check the Weather
Before setting off on your weekend camping trip, it is critical to check and double-check the weather reports. If any extreme weather such as below freezing temperatures, heavy rains or snow are in the forecast, it may be best to rethink the timing of your trip. Even abnormally strong winds are important to look out for. With only the protection of your clothing and your tent, even the smallest change in weather could have a significant effect. In the event of a storm, it is crucial to know where the nearest shelter will be.
The best, and worst, part of fall is the fluctuating temperatures. While you may be unseasonably warm during a bright, cloud-less day, temperatures quickly drop as soon as the sun begins to set. Be sure to pack layers that are both breathable and water-resistant. In the chance of rain, you want to be wearing gear that will dry quickly as opposed to cotton that will only soak up the water and keep you cold. Weather conditions can change quickly and it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Items that are recommended include thermal underwear, an extra pair of shoes, a cap for sleeping and a pair of gloves. It is wise to bring a winter coat even if the temperatures do not look that low. Having layers gives you options.
"Investing in a durable and sturdy tent is important."
Set Up Early
First and foremost, investing in a durable and sturdy tent is important for any type of camping. Before each camping trip, testing that all zippers and flaps are working is good practice. As the hours of sunlight start to get shorter, be sure that you are giving yourself and your group enough time to reach the campsite before dusk. It is very difficult to set up a tent in the dark. Firmly secure your tent once it has been set up.
Pack the Essentials
There are several essential items that can't be forgotten when camping. In addition to plenty of warm clothing, a sleeping pad and sleeping bag are also important. A head lamp or flashlight as well as extra batteries will be essential when it gets dark and it's also wise to have a first aid kit on hand. When it comes to staying fed and hydrated, pack plenty of water as well as warm liquids like tea and coffee. Fatty snacks and carbohydrates will help to keep you full and satisfied.