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Have A Fall Campout You’ll Remember

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Fall SunsetTo me, the most comfortable time of year is absolutely Autumn. It’s that time when the air goes through so many changes and does so much for us. It dances with leaves, contributes to beautiful sunsets and begins cooling things off for us in the States. All these memorable things are what makes fall an excellent time to camp.

Here’s some quick tips for camping in the cool, beautiful weather:

  • Firstly, pack layered clothing. Fall can be fickle, so starting off with a t-shirt and add from there is a great way to remain comfortable while camping. Don’t forget sweaters and light jackets or coats.
  • Be prepared for any type of terrain. Fall can be dry but is known also for a random shower. Pack both tennis shoes and boots so that your hiking experience is safe.
  • Take several thin blankets with you. You would be surprised at how warm most Autumn nights can be in a tent. This way you can lay on top of your sleeping bag if it’s too hot and get inside it if it gets cold.

  • Don’t rule out swimming. The air may be cooler, but the sun can still be very intense depending on where you are camping. If you’re camping in the South West, temperatures are likely around 80 degrees and some lakes and marinas are still warm. Pack your bathing suit!
  • If you are camping in a desert area, fall is not the time for bon fires or fire pits because of Fire Season. So, check with the campground owner or Ranger to see if it’s safe for fires and make sure you have a fire extinguisher that’s approved for outdoor use.
  • Take a mixture of hot and cold drinks - especially water. As the day warms up, water and cold drinks can keep you cool while engaging in activities. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea are great if an unexpected cold front hits your campsite - especially on a cool night.
  • Plan nighttime activities around the weather. Take outdoor as well as indoor games so that you and your family can still enjoy themselves if it does happen to be cold enough to huddle inside. Charades, cards, board games and portable DVD players are perfect for tent fun.

So enjoy the crisp fall air and create some awesome autumn camping memories. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, canoeing, sight seeing, boating or any other outdoor activity, this is a beautiful time of year to camp. Relish it.

Happy Camping!

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2 Comments »

  1. Big Hank said,

    June 7, 2009 @ 4:01 am

    Loved this post! Camping in fall is top of my list because I love the unexpected surprises the weather brings. If you’re camping sans kids, don’t forget the deceiving but very real warming power of wine! Just stay bundled to avoid embarrassing creeping hypothermia!

  2. Body Scrub Recipes : said,

    October 28, 2010 @ 4:42 am

    Pre-made fire pits are the most common form of fire pits and can be purchased from a store `

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