The chilly air of September can feel like an incredible relief after a hot and sticky summer. And it absolutely feels fantastic to be outside once more.
While there are many reasons to be thrilled about Fall camping, there are also a few particular difficulties you might not encounter in the summer. Here are a few things to consider before you go on your Fall camping trip.
Autumn marks the height of the nation's tourism season. In September, the average air temperature in southern states can get as high as 77 °F (25 °C). Typically, the temperature decreases to 50 °F (10 °C) by the end of November. There is often the least amount of precipitation in the fall. The beach season is still in full swing in California at the same time that the northern section of the country is enjoying its first snowfall.
In the fall, temperatures begin to cool down around the country. This is a welcome season in northern regions, where leaves change to beautiful shades of red, yellow, and orange. But don’t let the beautiful changing colors of the leaves fool you into thinking everything is calm and always ok. Fall is fickle. You might find yourself falling asleep on a warm dry night only to wake up cold and wet. This sudden change in weather is normal during fall so it’s better to be prepared for anything that may come.
Depending on where you live and where you camp, the number of reservations on campsites declines steadily over the fall months. Because there are fewer campers, you’ll be able to book your preferred campsite that is typically unavailable in the summer.
Autumn camping is more enticing for those of you who love a quiet, relaxing pace of life. It’s the time when peace and tranquility arrive on campgrounds around the nation and the summer's hustle and bustle has departed.
Fall camping also offers cheaper rates, giving you more chances to enjoy an exciting adventure, experience something new, and have a great time.
Besides the amazingly cool weather and fewer crowds, there are other advantages to camping in Fall.
What to bring
The sudden change in weather is normal during fall so it’s better to be prepared for anything that may come.
When you're outdoors, layering is something you must know how to do. This tried-and-tested strategy lets you regulate temperature comfortably by slipping layers on and off as your activity level increase or however the weather changes.
Make sure you bring the right footwear, gloves, and a beanie to keep the heat on your head.
The gear you’ll bring will depend on where you’re going, the weather on where you’re going, and for how long you’ll be staying.
A first aid kit should be the first thing on your list. Though this may be a given, accidents do happen and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It wouldn’t hurt to be reminded and to be prepared.
Though the weather might be a bit cold, it’s still not cold enough to bring a 4-season tent. It’s best to prepare for both sunny and cold (or wet) weather so a 3-season tent will be the perfect choice for your trip.
Cold weather makes us want to enjoy warm comfort food cooked over the campfire. When you plan your camping menu, choose simple recipes with a lot of carbs and good fats to keep you fueled and energized. Simpler meals will take less effort to cook and will require fewer ingredients. You also won’t need to use a lot of utensils that you’ll have to carry towards camp.
Make sure you plan your meals and prepare them before your trip. Shorter hours of sunlight mean having less time to prepare your meals, and food may take a little longer to cook due to the cold weather.
Should you do it?
The simple answer is yes. If you want to experience camping fully, you have to try doing it in the Fall. You’ll experience a wide variety of weather and you get to enjoy the warmth of the campfire at night. Which is what camping is about right? The hot campfire drink, crisp cozy mornings, and the peace and quiet during fall camping are unlike any other.