Some of you just read that headline and thought: What?! Camping in the fall? Are you kidding me? Well, you’re probably from the Pacific Northwest, like me. And it’s true: “camping” and “the fall” are not two terms often associated with one another here in the rain capitol of the United States. I’d submit, however, that fall camping can be just as enjoyable as in the summer – where ever you are. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
Fortunately, Coast published an article last October detailing the fundamentals of fall camping. Among the advantages of camping during the fall season the article mentions increased campsite availability, limited numbers of families, kids, and teens, and, of course, the beautiful colors.
Essentially, the key to a successful fall camping trip is being prepared for anything, especially a dramatic change in weather. Or, as the article puts it, “The key to fall camping is excess; if you think one sweatshirt should be enough for your trip, you should probably bring two. If you’re planning a three-day camping trip, you should probably bring enough non-perishable food for four or five days.”
Obviously, temperatures are colder, so heavier clothing and bedding is a must. Furthermore, everything should be packed and stored in air-tight, water proof containers — you don’t want soggy bread, or soggy undershorts for that matter. Finally, since it gets darker sooner than later, having a reliable source of light is essential. An LED lantern is often best for maximum light output, but I recommend using an LED headlamp for the hands-free convenience.
For more information and tips on fall camping, read the rest of the article here.
[photo: Joshua Lawton]