Although the busiest season for camping has come to a close, some people are itching to pitch their fall camping tents. As pro-campers know all too well, camping is a very different experience from season to season. With summer camping, forgetting bug spray may make you a human feasting ground for mosquitoes. With winter camping, staying warm is your primary focus. Here are six essential items you won’t want to find yourself without for your fall camping adventures.
- Appropriate Sleeping Bag. Your thin sleeping bag may have gotten you through those warm summer evenings, but fall nights tend to be chillier than you would expect. With temperatures flirting with that freezing threshold at night, you will want a sleeping bag that is up to the challenge of keeping you nice and snug. Depending on your personal comfort level, you will want to grab a bag that ranges from 10 to 35 degrees in category. Don’t forget to size appropriately as well—women’s bags for ladies and kids bags for the little ones.
- As the sun sets earlier this time of year, a lantern will become a necessary item for those wanting to stay up past sundown. Lanterns can also be helpful for those middle-of-the-night bathroom runs. Battery-powered and solar-powered lights are best for backpacking, but you can get away with toting a USB-powered lantern for car camping.
- Quality Coffee Mug. Energy conservation is critical when camping, so a quality coffee mug will come in handy when there’s not a microwave in sight to heat up your morning brew. Temperature-controlled mugs are excellent for camping as they use batteries and heat absorption and release technology to keep the coffee warm for hours. Check this site for the best temperature-controlled mug on the market.
- Bigger Tent. Storing some gear outside of the tent is acceptable in the summer, but you may find your things and, worst of all, clothes covered in dew if you leave them out overnight in the fall. Consider investing in a larger tent in order to store all of your items within the water-proof walls of your shelter. A good rule of thumb is to get a tent that has enough space for one more person than you need.
- Camping Stove. Starting a fire in the cool, wet mornings of fall can be a real challenge. If you’re car camping, a camping stove may make all of the difference between enjoying a delicious breakfast and suffering through the hangries for hours. This combination grill/stove is perfect for all meals and is compact enough to set up at any camp site.
- Layered Clothing. Fall weather is a bit unpredictable, so it is wise to include multiple sets of layered clothing for anything Mother Nature will throw your way. Typically, fall days will be a bit warmer once the sun has warmed things up, but will cool off significantly once the sun starts to set. Don’t forget that the occasional afternoon rain or snow storm can also cause drastic changes in temperature throughout the day.