Fall is an excellent time to go camping. In fact, it’s the last time of the year you’ll be able to go camping before winter sets in. Camping during the fall can be a fun and unique experience, especially if you pick a park where fall foliage is clearly visible. At CERAland, we often see people camp during the fall, despite the cooler weather. Here are some top tips for a great fall camping trip.
1) Mind the Weather
Fall weather can be a little unpredictable so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast when you plan your camping trip. Keep in mind to check the weather at the campground instead of your hometown, as there can be variances. Don’t be fooled by warm weather as that can shift quickly. Unlike summer, fall weather should be watched carefully so that you can be properly prepared for cooler temperatures if necessary.
It’s very important to pack ample clothing. You might require more layers than you think you do. The evenings and nights can be particularly cold. Even if you intend to remain warm and cozy by the fire, it’s vital to pack the right amount of clothes. You might also want to pack a raincoat or jacket as it’s likely to drizzle during fall times. You’ll need to layer your clothes as daytime would be warm enough to require short sleeved shirts
3) Sleeping Bags
Pack gear that’s suitable for winter and that’s an absolute must. Keep in mind that you’re going to be sleeping on the ground and the earth can leach heat from you. You’ll need a thick, cold-weather sleeping bag. Pick something that’s suitable for very low temperatures, even if you think you won’t need it. For example, you should pick a bag that’s labeled to protect you from 0 to 30°F.
4) Other Measures to Keep Warm
As we’ve mentioned before, the earth will leach your body heat so you need a sleeping pad to insulate your body from the cold ground underneath you. Hanging a tarp by your tent to protect it from the wind would also protect you from the cold.
It’s also important to keep fire safety in mind when you camp during fall. The foliage is dry and can quickly catch fire. For your overall wellness and enjoyment it’s a good idea to follow these tips.
For more information on camping, you can contact CERAland in Indiana for questions and suggestions. Just give us a call at 812 377 5849 or call on our Toll Free line at 888 SEE-CERA. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.