Even when it’s ice-cold, people can’t seem to get enough of camping in the fall.
If you love camping as much as we do, then you know that you have to be prepared for anything: from wild animals to thunderous storms, there is no limit to what Mother Nature will throw at you. This is especially true during the fall.
If you’re new to camping and are not exactly sure what to bring, we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a list of outstanding tips and tricks for camping in chilly, fall conditions.
1 – Bring Comfortable Sleeping Gear
Whether you’re in a luxurious tent or sprawled out under the stars, you want to be comfortable while you sleep. Before you hit the road, be sure to pack essential items such as sleeping bags, pillows, bug nets and outdoor blankets for camping. We guarantee that you won’t regret it!
2 – Remember Your Insulated Drinking Container
If you work outside, you most likely have an insulated drinking container stashed away in your kitchen or pantry. These items are essential for camping during the fall. Not only do they keep your drinks warm, but they are also perfect for storing liquid-based foods like soup, stew, baked beans and chilli.
3 – Protect Your Feet
Nothing is worse than walking around with cold, wet feet, especially during a weekend camping trip. After the sun sets in the fall, the temperature drops significantly. If you are in a warm house, this temperature change is barely noticeable. However, if you’re in the middle of a forest, then you can feel the cold in your bones.
To combat this, you need to wear warm footwear. Some examples includehiking boots, winter boots, rain boots or insulated running shoes. These garments will minimize the amount of heat that escapes from your feet, even if you’re not wearing warm socks.
If you want to ensure that your feet are warm, bring a pair of thermal socks. These garments draw sweat and other fluids away from your feet. This stops your feet from getting cold, which leads to you staying warmer throughout the day.
4 – EatTrail Mix
Although it may sound unorthodox, eating trail mix is a great way to help you maintain a consistent, warm body temperature. This is because trail mix often contains a variety of nuts like peanuts, cashews and almonds.
These tasty nuts are full of healthy calories and protein, which take your body a long time to digest. This prolonged digestion process keeps your body working throughout the day, allowing you to feel warmer. If you want to avoid waking up with the shivers, try eating trail mix or other nut-based snacks before going to bed.
5 – Bring a Reusable Straw
Many restaurants have recently or are currently moving away from plastic straws and are investing in reusable alternatives. If you plan on hitting any sites this fall, you should follow suit and consider finding a few of these lifesavers. Reusable straws are often made out of metal, making them more durable and reliable in cold temperatures. If you have a reusable lid, they can also help you cut down on spills. This may not sound important at first, but once you spill a drink on your sleeping bag, you’ll realize exactly how essential these items can be on a fall camping trip.