It was the hottest year on record, and will reportedly get even hotter next year. For many families, this put a damper on your summer camping. But why make yourself miserable by trying to camp in blistering heat, when you can take advantage of the cooler weather, fewer bugs, and cheaper rates for most campgrounds? Read on for some helpful tips on how to make your camping trip memorable.
Go Where The Colors Are
Make the most of the fall weather, and visit parks and campgrounds with lots of variation in foliage. Not sure where to go? Active has a list of 15 popular fall camping spots for you to check out. For cheaper rates, book your campsite after Labor Day. Consider also the Free Entrance Days for national parks, or, if you are an avid camper and want to go camping on a regular basis, consider paying $80 for the annual pass, which would provide entrance to “all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all”. That’s an awesome bargain.
Check Out Fall-Specific Activities
Sure, you won’t be jumping in lakes like you would if it were summer or watching fireworks. But many campsites host seasonal activities for fall that are just as fun. Some fun fall camping activities include apple picking and pumpkin picking, or Halloween activities like RV decorating contests. We also always make sure to get RV insurance, in case something happens to our beloved RV. Check your campground’s website for a calendar of activities, and plan your stay around the activities you want to participate in. Fall is also a prime time for bird watching, as its migration season, and you can watch for the many different types of birds making their way south for winter.Please pin this image so others can see why camping would benefit them too. THANK YOU!
Use Camping Apps For Assistance & Enhancement
Just because you’re out in nature doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go completely off the grid. Apps can help you recognize wild animals and plants, give you guidance on trails, and are more useful than you think. The Chimani National Parks app gives you information on all 401 national parks, and you can use it to document your stay. Want to know what’s up in the night sky? Check out Star Walk. Need to know whether it’s okay to ingest that plant? Look it up in the Wild Edibles app.
Prepare Properly For Fall Weather
One of the best advantages of camping in the fall is enjoying the cooler weather, but that also means way cooler nights. Make sure you pack a cold-weather sleeping bag, which you can purchase at shops like Bass Pro Shops. Bundle up in layers and thermals, and pack a hat to keep the heat in. Cook up some hot food (there are lots of camping recipe apps to inspire you) over a fire to maintain warmth.
Camping in cooler weather can be a fun, amazing time with a little preparation. You can do a lot of activities that aren’t available in summer, and being out in nature at a time when most people are not can be really reinvigorating.
So why not book that campsite already?