The leaves are beginning to change, there is a crisp feeling in the air, and the most beautiful season for camping has arrived. Summer has its perks, don’t get me wrong… but there is something about waking up to those cooler temperatures and sipping your hot coffee as you watch the sunrise. Sounds picture perfect right? Well, although you can plan for a camping trip as well as anyone, you can’t always predict exactly what the weather is going to do.

Come October, we can expect the temperatures to drop a bit… but are you prepared for those winds that may accompany it, or those nights that get a bit colder than expected? Don’t let that deter you from experiencing the beauty of fall. Just take some of these tips with you on your next camping trip this season!

Pack Layers

Rather than bringing 10 sweatshirts and 5 pairs of sweatpants, pack layers! This is the best way to camp because the weather can be quite unpredictable! If you are freezing in the morning and want to go for a nice hike, by noon it may have warmed up 30 degrees and you need to shed some of those layers. Pack for all types of weather throughout each day!

Rain and Wind Protection

Make sure you are prepared for things to get wet and windy. Wind can cut through you like a knife, so it is important to protect yourself from this. Whether you are choosing to sleep in a tent or an RV, tarps can be a lifesaver. Make sure to hang tarps according to the wind direction. This will help tremendously when it starts to pick up. This can also protect your area from getting soaked. Bring your umbrellas, wind and rain gear, and extra jackets to swap out if they get wet.

Know how to make a good campfire

This is camping 101! Although a lot of people just rely on their heater or blankets, this is still something that every camper should learn how to do.  Fires will keep you warm all night long, just remember to also practice fire safety rules according to each campsite.

Prepare Good, hot meals!

This is something that you are going to have to plan ahead of time. Meal planning doesn’t have to be stressful, but it is something you are going to have to know before you go. You can plan for one-pot meals, Dutch oven meals, campfire meals, and things to cook inside. You should be prepared for whatever weather will head your way by making hot, filling meals that will keep you warm and full!

Sleeping bags are a must!

Are you planning on sleeping in a tent or in your RV? Either way, you are going to want to invest in an insulated sleeping bag. This is so important to keep you warm at night. Your body temperature will slowly get lower as you sleep, and this will allow you to get warm and stay warm all night.

Move around and stay active

Don’t be that person that is sitting in a lawn chair, complaining that you are freezing! Make sure you have a plan to stay active! Go for a hike, explore the woods, maybe start your day off with a morning jog. Or you can play all sorts of games around your camper. Just remember that the more active you are, the warmer you will be!

Bring a heater

For all of you out there waiting for the most obvious option, here you are! Some RV’s come with air conditioning and heating…However, some do not, and if you are staying in a tent, you most certainly do not have heat. Bringing a heater is a sure way that you and your family can stay warm, especially at night. Just make sure you have the proper hookups and setup so that you can utilize it.

There is nothing stopping you now from all of your traveling ahead! Fall is such a beautiful time to travel and there are so many parts of our country where you can just bask in the fall colors and traditions. Start planning your upcoming trips and take some of these tips along to make sure you are warm and cozy the whole time!

Top Tips for Staying Warm While Fall Camping

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