Camping in the fall is one of the most beautiful times to be outdoors. The changing colors of autumn leaves make for some of the most breathtaking photographic backgrounds. Fall camping can still be a lot of fun if you’re properly prepared for the weather.
Here are a few suggestions to help you make fall camping an annual tradition:
Observe the weather:
Today, it is simple to predict the weather a week in advance. Fall camping trips can be planned with short notice, as campsites are rarely occupied during this season. Check the forecasts for the rv parks you intend to visit prior to your trip, as autumn weather can change rapidly. Remember that warm weather can quickly change in the fall. During your camping trip, you should always be prepared for the possibility of snow, rain, or other severe weather, depending on your destination.
Make sure your RV is prepared for fall camping:
Preparing your RV for camping in the fall is an often-overlooked fall camping tip.
If you are anything like us, you initially considered all the impacts on you (clothes, heat, the best spots for leaf-peeping), but you may not consider the technical side. We have already mentioned that heat is a significant factor when RV camping in the fall. Once you have figured out how to heat your RV, there are a few other fall camping tips to consider. Ensure that your RV’s seals are in excellent condition and that cold air cannot enter.
Bringing caulk along is also a good idea (even when not camping in the fall) Utilize additional drapes, rugs, blankets, and other cozy accessories to increase interior warmth. Fall temperatures can fall below freezing in some instances (it happened once or twice for us). Make sure you know how to disconnect the water and water hoses to prevent frozen pipes!
Bring a sleeping bag for cold weather:
Nighttime camping temperatures will be drastically different than in the summer. And nothing ruins a camping trip faster than a night spent shivering in the cold and unable to sleep. Warmth is best maintained with mummy sleeping bags because they hug the body more closely. The majority of them feature a hood that encircles the head to trap heat that would otherwise escape. If your sleeping bag does not have a hood, wearing a hat while you sleep will prevent heat from escaping your head.
It is important to pack layerable clothing during the fall. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to pack a few extra sleeping bags or blankets for nighttime warmth in your RV. It’s easy to become dehydrated in cooler, drier conditions, so make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. You can also heat the water at night and sleep with it in a bottle (warm drinks before bed can also help). And finally, pack a few extra light sources, such as headlamps or portable lanterns, because you will lose sunlight faster in the fall.
Soak up the splendor of autumn.
No matter where or how you camp in the fall, the experience is unforgettable. The landscape is drastically different than in the summertime.
Moreover, cooler weather means fewer insects. I feel as though we should have spent less time swatting mosquitoes and more time enjoying the aroma of apple cider warming over a campfire. There are numerous reasons why you should consider an autumn camping trip, but we’ll sum them up by saying “you won’t regret it.”