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Chill Out: Camping Tips for Cooler Weather

Wilderness Lake CampgroundFall weather brings sweaters, changing leaves and everyone’s favorite spice (pumpkin). It also brings great camping weather. Before you hit the road for your fall weekend camping getaway, there are few tips and tricks to keep in mind as the cooler days of fall roll through.

 

  • Consider a cabin or park model:
    Whether you’re a beginner camper without all the gear or just looking for a little more warmth at night, these are great options and can offer amenities such as indoor plumbing, heating, fire places, beds and more.
  • Dress appropriately:
    With warmer temperatures during the day and cooler temps at night, packing layers is the best way to prepare for fluctuating temperatures. Avoid cotton as well, it absorbs moisture and doesn’t dry as easily, preventing you from staying warm.
  • Prepare your tent site:
    If you’re camping in a tent, wrap a second tarp around the tent to keep it insulated as you sleep.
  • Sleep right:
    Sleeping on a cot or air mattress may seem appealing but can actually make you colder as you catch some zees. Sleeping on the ground on a mattress (not air filled) will keep you warmer as the air around you won’t cool you down. If you can, invest in a heavy-duty sleeping bag to help brave the chilly nights.
  • Stay hydrated:
    You’re not going to be sweating as much to tip you off that you’re getting dehydrated. So drink up during all your camping activities.
  • Get involved:
    Campgrounds offer a number of terrific fall activities from corn mazes and hay rides to Halloween bashes and haunted houses. Be sure not to miss out on all the opportunities at your campsite during your vacation.