The Autumn Camping: A Guide For Beginners
Camping in Autumn is unlike other seasons. And in a lot of aspects, it boasts of many advantages over camping in other seasons. For instance, most people do their camping in summer, and that leaves fall camps with fewer crowds. Also, mosquitos are at their most excited in summer and pay less attention to humans during autumn.
But just like any other camping season, there are a lot of things that go into a successful autumn camping. Veteran campers may already know these things, but beginners may not. So, instead of leaving beginners to learn from their mistakes after an unsuccessful fall camping, I dedicate this article to preparing you for the best autumn camping ever. In addition to touching a bit on the ultimate camping checklist, it is also a complete guide to camping in autumn.
Perks Of Camping In Autumn
Camping in autumn is better than camping in other seasons for these reasons:
- There are fewer mosquitos! Summer camps are infested with mosquitos. You hear them buzzing incessantly into your ears and interrupting your fun. In autumn, however, there are fewer mosquitos. So you don’t have to worry about those things feasting on you while you try to have some fun.
- The sun sets early and rises late in autumn. If you don’t immediately understand what this means for you, let me spell it out. Your campfires come with the early sunset, so you have more time to enjoy yourself around the campfires. And when you wake up, you could still catch the beautiful view of the sun rising.
- Sweats and the stinks that come with it are reduced. Thanks to the cool autumn temperatures, you sweat less. And by extension, you stink less.
- Less crowded in fall camps. Most people do their camping in the summer, so there aren't as many people who camp in the fall. As a result, you have more private time with your loved ones and with nature (and not nosy neighbors) surrounding you.
Gear For Successful Fall Camping
Now that you know some benefits of camping in autumn, the next thing you need to know is what gear you would need to make your camping experience hassle-free. Most of the gear you would need is the normal gear you need for camping in any other season. But because of the usually unpredictable weather in fall, there are some other things you might need to pack.
#1. Sleeping Bag and Pad To Keep You Warm
You must invest in a warm sleeping bag when you are looking to camp in the fall. Temperatures of autumn nights can plummet incredibly, and you don't want to sleep with any part of your body exposed to the cold.
Sleeping bags with high R-values are your best friends on autumn nights. This is because the bags don’t let your body heat escape into the cold environment, and at the same time stopping the cold from creeping in on you. As a rule of thumb, stick to sleeping pads of bags with an R-value from 2 to 4. It wouldn't hurt if the R-value of your bag is greater.
#2. First Aid Kit
This is a common gear that should be packed anytime you are going camping. Injuries are no respecter of seasons, so always be with your first aid kits. But to tailor your first aid kit for autumn, you can add emergency blankets, and foot and hand warmers.
On chilly nights, wear your warmers and spread the emergency blankets up on the inside of the tent roof to keep the heat from escaping.
#3. Cooking Equipment
Except you plan on living on junks throughout your camping (which is very unhealthy), pack your cooking equipment. The cooking equipment is usually the same across all seasons, so you need not invest in anything new if you already have camp cooking equipment.
#4. Kitchen Tarp
Autumn often has a lot of wet days and nights. And that is why it is important to keep your cooking area dry and the metals safe from corrosion. So when it rains or you are about to retire into your tent for the night, cover your kitchen area with a kitchen tarp.
#5. Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Mosquitos wouldn't disturb you during autumn campings, but ticks will. Be prepared for them.
Clothing For Autumn Camping
You probably already know you would need warm clothing for fall camping. But how warm should they be? The simple answer is that your autumn camp clothes need to be very warm. The warmth you would need is more than one piece of cloth can provide, so you have to wear layers of clothing before you get close to the level of warmth I’m talking about.
No, I'm not trying to dress you up like an Eskimo. But autumn nights could get chilly, and you would need all the warmth you can get. Especially when you don’t have anyone to cuddle and share body heat with.
Some pieces of clothing you might want to pack are full cushion wool socks, wool hats, wool gloves, wool sweaters, fleece pants, hiking pants, waterproof jackets, puffy jackets, camp shoes, and waterproof boots.
Fall Camping Activity Tips
Once you have your camping gear and clothing settled, you are halfway done. You now have everything you need to sustain you at the camp. But things could still get boring for you. So here are some activities you could get busy with to guarantee you the best fall camping ever.
Take Pictures: If you have a camera, now is the time to bring it out. I assure you that there would be endless picturesque moments. The nights are beautiful and the dawn is enchanting. Delightful pictures of foliage could make awesome wallpapers on your phone or desktop computer. You could even sell the photos if you feel like it.
You could carry your tripod to get some nice still shots. But make sure your camera is waterproof or has something to protect it if you have to take pictures when it rains.
Bird Watching: Many beautiful birds take to the air during the fall. Often, these birds are preparing for their seasonal migration, and you can get awe-inspiring sights of them on their way. What makes fall awesome for bird watching is that the trees around must have shed enough leaves to give you an unobstructed view of the sky. And there are some apps on the internet that can help you identify the birds you see.
Play Camp Games: Games are fun to play when you are around friends and family. One of the best camp games is Ghost in the Graveyard. It is like hide-and-seek. You would enjoy this game better if there were a lot of kids or willing adult players around. It could get more interesting if there were many hiding spots. You just have to be careful so that nobody ventures out too far and gets lost. Don’t also forget to keep your first aid kit close to you in case someone gets hurt.
Tips On Keeping Warm In Fall Camping
After you have had a blast of a day filled with fun activities, the last thing you want is to be cold at night. Apart from wearing warm clothes, here are some more tips on how to keep yourself warm at nights:
- Cuddle and Share Body Heat: If your best friend, partner, or children are camping with you, invite them into your tent to share body heat. It could even be your pet. You would keep a lot of heat circulating between you this way.
- Hot Water: Heat water and keep it in a bottle before you go to bed at night. If the night gets chilly, you can keep the bottle at the bottom of your sleeping bag to keep your feet warm.
- Jumping Jacks: This exercise helps you generate heat from the inside. Exercises help to get your blood pumping more actively and force more body heat into circulation.
Hopefully, you have learned more than enough to help you enjoy your next autumn camping to the fullest. I hope this guide will be something helpful to you. If there is anything wrong about the guide or you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact me via email/ the comment section!
About the Author
Ahoy there! The name’s Kevin Smith, the proprietor of this little travel and outdoors blog. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid as my parents were avid campers themselves. They taught me everything I know when it comes to camping, hiking etc. and I would like to do my part by imparting my know-how to like-minded individuals who enjoy the same hobby as me. I started this website in the hopes of helping other people when it comes to answering questions, giving tips and recommendations focusing on the camping niche. Along with some close friends of mine, we are here to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the wild side!