How to Plan an Autumn Camping Trip

Late Autumn is the time to have one last camping adventure before the snow falls and the trees are completely bare. If you live farther south, an autumn camping getaway may be more enjoyable than a summer retreat, since the temperatures will be milder and the insects less active. Carefully planning where and when to go is key to having a fun fall camping trip. If you want to experience the great outdoors during autumn, here's are some tips.

Obtain brochures from the state and national parks in your part of the country. If you plan to go camping over 3-day weekend, limit your search to parks that are within a 6-hour drive.Research nearby attractions for each park or campsite. Consider hiking, biking, and canoeing opportunities. Think about whether you want a campsite with facilities such as outhouses, showers, and power supplies, or whether you want an experience closer to nature.

The ideal autumn camping site is scenic, within driving distance, and offers plenty of outdoor activities.

Next, plan the date of your fall camping trip. Consider openings in your work or school schedule, as well as campground closing dates. Most parks close their campsites sometime before winter, and many close in early fall. Depending on your locale, you may need to plan around hunting season.

Look up weather records to predict the average temperature and chance of rain or snow fall. Autumn camping trips are trickier to plan because the weather is more unpredictable. Choose a date range where the weather has been mild with little chance of rain.

Get the necessary camping gear to set up a comfortable tent. Bring extra tarps to cover the outside of the tent, and line the inside with extra blankets. This will help keep out the wet and the cold at night. Bring clothing for a variety of temperatures, as well as rain gear. An umbrella, waterproof shoes, and a waterproof backpack are essential for camping in the fall.

Bring plenty of food, about 3 pounds per person, per day. Also consider where you'll get water. Some campsites have water pumps, but at other campsites, you may have to purify stream water, or bring your own. If bring water, you'll need at least half a gallon per person, per day.

Get a vehicle inspection and fill up your tank with plenty of gas before you head out. Charge your cell phone completely before you leave, and restock the first aid kit and emergency medicine supplies.

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