Fall is one of the best times to go camping since the season has cooler weather and fewer crowds. Here’s some of the most essential car camping gear you need this fall.
A Warm Sleeping Bag
A high-quality sleeping bag is critical for fall camping. Though you can get away with more affordable options during the summertime, fall and winter camping call for something better quality. This is because sleeping bags have temperature limits; the minimum degree listed is the lowest outdoor temperature that a sleeping bag will keep you sleeping comfortably.
In chillier temperatures, it is essential to make sure your sleeping bag’s minimum degree is well below the average temperature for your area. Remember that temperatures can drop sharply at night and check for any incoming cold fronts. This is crucial to make sure you and your family sleep safely.
Layers of Warm Clothes
Fall weather can be fickler than winter weather, so you’ll want to be prepared for both warm and cold weather. Bring long sleeves and pants as well as some short-sleeved shirts for warmer days. An insulating jacket and base layers are a good idea, especially after nightfall. Depending on the time of year and the area, you may also need gloves and a warm hat.
A Camp Stove and Firewood
On a chilly night, the best way to warm up is with a hot meal. Fires are a great option both for cooking and warming up, but sometimes, parks have burn bans. In this case, you’ll need a camping stove to prepare meals. Camp stoves are also more versatile than campfires in terms of the food you can make.
Don’t forget the firewood and fuel for your camp stove!
A First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is essential camping gear for any trip, but it’s especially important to keep one in your car. From kiddos scraping their knees to bug bites to splinters, there are plenty of minor accidents that can happen on a campsite. Your family will also be exposed to more hazards than usual—open flames, camp knives, and rocky terrain come to mind. Be prepared with a thoroughly stocked first aid kit.
A Safe Vehicle
Since your vehicle will be your main mode of transportation, make sure it’s up for the journey. You will likely need to drive on rough terrain for at least a portion of your trip and could be in a remote area with little cell service. Because of this, you should perform any routine maintenance before leaving on your trip.
It’s also wise to check your tires and fill your gas tank completely before departing. Stay safe on the roads, and enjoy your camping trip!