Tips For Planning Your Fall Camping Trip

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Tips For Planning Your Fall Camping Trip

Fall Camping

The summer months are prime camping season for many people, however, just because summer is coming to a close doesn't mean camping should! Personally, our absolute favorite time of year is fall and we think fall camping is an incredible experience! The foliage is beautiful, there are less bugs, it's less crowded, the crisp air means you can actually enjoy the fire, fall camping meals are delicious and hearty, and cozying up in your tent or camper is the perfect way to end an evening.

To help ensure you have the best fall camping experience, we've collected tips from The Wilderness Society and Kampgrounds of America (KOA).

General Tips

  • Do some research to help you find the perfect camping spot. Ideally, you want somewhere with plenty of fall foliage and maybe some walking/hiking trails for you and your family to enjoy. 
  • Check with individual state parks, national forests, and campgrounds about reduced pricing. Many public lands begin offerings reduced entrance fees after Labor Day!
  • Plan out your arrival and departure times so you are not setting up or taking down camp in the dark. 
  • Pack plenty of water. In the cooler months, it can be easy to get dehydrated since you aren't as focused on drinking water as you are during warmer temperatures. Having water easily accessible will serve as a good reminder to stay hydrated!
  • Pack your emergency survival and first aid kits, just as you would on any other camping trip.
  • Bring enough firewood to last you several days longer than your expected trip.
  • While it is cooler and the days are shorter, it is still a good idea to pack bug spray and sunscreen just in case. 
  • Have a backup plan and be aware of where the nearest lodging and restaurant options are in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Gear List

  • A cold weather sleeping bag labeled for at least 0-30 degrees F.
  • A quality three season tent.
  • A rain tarp and extra tarps to go under your tent.
  • A GO-KOT to keep you off the cold, damp ground.
  • A wool or down blanket. 
  • Water tight containers and rain covers/trash bags to keep all items dry in case of heavy rains.
  • Cooking supplies and coffee/tea supplies. You will want all the warm food and beverages you can get!
  • Extra fuel and fire starter supplies.
  • A headlamp and lantern.


Fall can be one of the trickiest seasons to pack for. The weather can be a wide range of temperatures and can fluctuate quickly. The key is to pack for any possible weather occurrence!

  • Thermal, moisture wicking underwear and base layers.
  • A fleece jacket, wool sweater or sweatshirt, or other synthetic layer.
  • A water and wind proof/resistant jacket.
  • Multiple stocking caps to use throughout the day and to sleep in.
  • Multiple pairs of gloves and mittens. Gloves work great for when you are actively using your hands, but if you are just relaxing or going to sleep, mittens will keep your hands warmer.
  • A quality winter jacket as your other layer.
  • Sturdy waterproof hiking boots, as well as a back up pair of sneakers or hiking shoes.
  • Multiple pairs of wool socks.
  • Rain poncho and/or rain pants.

While it may seem overwhelming at first, being prepared for any weather condition or emergency will ensure you truly enjoy your fall camping experience! Visit the The Wilderness Society or Kampgrounds of America (KOA) for more information!



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