Use a Warmer Sleeping Bag1 of 10
With lower temperatures in the fall season, you need a sleeping bag that will keep you warm and comfortable. Sleeping bags are rated by seasons and temperatures. When you're shopping for a sleeping bag for fall look for a:
- 3-season sleeping bag, 10 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit
- Cold weather sleeping bag, -10 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit
You'll probably only need a 3-season bag for fall, unless you're camping in areas where temperatures plunge at night.
Sip Hot Cocoa and Hot Cider2 of 10
The fall season typically means chilly nights. Warm up with hot cocoa or cider around the campfire; add a touch of whiskey for a warm adult drink.
Focus on Photography3 of 10
Channel your inner artistic side and snap some photographs of the changing colors around your campsite. Find campgrounds in New England for some of the prettiest fall photos.
Make a Late Afternoon Campfire4 of 10
Don't wait until dinner to make a fire. After a day of hiking, get the fire started early so you can stay warm when the sun sets before dinnertime. Remember to have extra bundles of wood on hand so you can roast marshmallows and stay warm well into the night.
Have a Headlamp or Lantern5 of 10
These camping staples are even more important in the fall. With Daylight Savings it gets dark earlier so you'll need the extra light. Don't forget batteries in case your light source dies.
Take Longer Hikes6 of 10
With cooler weather, you can hike from sunup to sundown without getting too warm from the afternoon heat. Find longer trails that you wouldn't normally hike and take your time as you go.
Take a Spur-of-the-Moment Trip7 of 10
School is back in session and the large crowds of campers are gone. This means campgrounds often have more availability in the fall, making it easier for you to take a spontaneous trip and visit that one place you've always wanted to go to.
Beware of Animals8 of 10
They haven't started hibernating yet; fall can be an active time for furry forest creatures. Be mindful of this. Give them space if you run into an animal on the trail, keep all food out of your tent, and put anything that may attract them away at night.
Head to Warmer Climates9 of 10
Camping in the desert may be too extreme in the summer. The cooler weather in the fall makes this the right time of year to head to south. Remember that temperatures still drop at night in the desert; check the weather and make sure you bring the appropriate gear.