With September quickly coming to a close, we are again reminded that fall is upon us. And while this may mean beautiful fall foliage, cups of hot chocolate and more excuses to gather around a campfire, it also means the cold is coming. For some, the crisp, cool autumn air is the best time to take to the great outdoors. For others, it deters them from wanting to take a camping trip altogether. As long as you know the best tricks and tips to staying warm during these cooler months, you may find that the fall truly is one of the most enjoyable times to go camping.
1. Add More Layers
No matter what season you go camping, it’s never a bad idea to pack for all different types of weather. Mother Nature can oftentimes be unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared. But having that said, it’s especially important to bring layers during the fall seasons. One day, it can be sunny and 70 degrees and the next it could be 50 degrees and rainy. But one thing’s for sure, it always cools down at night. Be sure to pack sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, blankets and even some hats and scarves if you want to be best prepared for the inevitable chilly weather.
2. Eat Right
Hey, vacation is an excuse to eat more, isn’t it? Camping is the perfect getaway to eat a big, warm, hearty meal with plenty of carbohydrates and fats to keep you extra toasty. Snacking on fattier foods, like peanuts can actually increase body heat due to the process in which the food is digested. Besides, any excuse to gather around a campfire and warm up your favorite meals and snacks also means making some great memories.
3. Get Moving
If you’re camping, you should be moving. Hiking, biking, walking, running, cycling, whatever it may be, there’s truly no better time than the fall to be doing it. It’s always a good idea to get up and exercise. When you feel yourself starting to get cold, get up, stretch or take a brisk walk or run. Exercise increases body heat.
4. Drink Up!
Coffees, teas, hot chocolates are all great ways to keep warm. Drinking warm fluids is a quick and easy way to get your body feeling nice and warm again. It’s also not a bad idea to heat up an extra bottle of hot water before going to bed. Not necessarily for drinking purposes, but keeping a warm, insulated bottle in your sleeping bag will keep you warm throughout the night. And hey, it may even provide you with warm water to start off your morning with a cup of coffee.
5. Light That Fire
The best idea yet to staying warm while camping in the fall is to gather around a campfire. An old camping pastime. Gather around and share a blanket with your family, friends and loved ones. Not only will the body heat and quilts keep you warm, but campfires are also a great excuse to catch up, tell stories and spend quality bonding time with the people you love most.