Summer is coming to an end, but autumn is still full of surprises. Do not store your camping gear right away, instead, follow these simple tips to be well prepared and go out to enjoy the fresh air.
Here are 10 tips to prepare for your fall camping:
1. Choose the destination:
Whether you are setting up camp on a mountain, lakeside or on the grounds of a provincial park, the place on which you will set your sights will have a great influence on what you can or can not take away. If you have a long way to go before reaching your destination, opt for light products and favor clothes that overlap. Those who will rather access their car will be able to afford the luxury of carrying a little more equipment. Also check which services you will have access once on site: electricity, running water, etc. In any case, be sure to choose a location that will allow you to admire the colors of autumn!
2. Check the weather:
Unfortunately, the weather is not yet a totally accurate science, and fall is a surprise downpour season. Nevertheless, checking the weather a few days in advance may allow you to make an informed choice when preparing your suitcases. Do not forget to pack warm, waterproof clothing.
3. Make lists:
No matter the season of your stay in nature, making a list is still the best way to leave without forgetting anything and to be prepared for all the adventures.
Find the right equipment for autumn camping
4. Choose the right equipment to sleep:
Even if the sun shines during the day, in autumn the nights are cool, especially late in the season. It is essentials to have a good sleeping bag sufficiently insulated. If you do not plan on winter camping, you do not need to get a cold-weather model. A sleeping bag with a comfort zone around -10 degree should be more than adequate. However, prefer the mummy formats that help better retain body heat. Chills may also use a liner that adds a few degrees of insulation to the original sleeping bag.
Having a suitable floor mat is also a particularly important element since it will serve as protection against the cold coming from the ground. Rather than a foam mattress, favor inflating or self-inflating models. In addition to isolating you from the cold, they are particularly compressible.
5. Pack tarpaulins:
In the fall, the temperature changes quickly and you are never safe from a sudden downpour. To avoid spendings days in the tent or waking up in a wet sleeping bag, do not forget to bring some tarpaulins. Once stretched between a few trees, they will allow you to build a dry and sheltered corner to cook and eat.
6. Think light:
In autumn, the days are shorter and in the woods, far from the electric lights of the city, it is essential to carry sufficient lighting. Whether you prefer lanterns, flashlights or headlamps, do not forget to recharge the batteries before departure!
7. Cook in the cold
Camping cooking is always a bit of a challenge, but in the fall, the mercury that goes down increases the level of difficulty. As it is colder, you will need more time to boil your water. Regardless of the type of fuel needed to operate your stove, consider taking a litter extra fuel: longer cooking times will require more fuel.
Choose suitable clothes
8. Overlay the layers:
The onion peel technique is the surefire way to stay dry and warm during your fall outdoor activities.
9. Do not forget your raincoat:
Take your raincoat with you so that you are prepared for the unexpected. After all, there is nothing worse than spending a whole day in wet clothes.
Whether you are chilly or not, you are never too careful. Beanies, gloves, and scarves take up little space in your backpack but can make a big difference to your personal comfort when temperatures drop.