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Fall Camping Series: Packing the Proper Camping Gear


Having the proper gear for Fall camping is essential as it will provide you with success on your camping adventure. Packing the appropriate equipment you need applies to rough camping and more planned camping excursions. Learn about the essential camping gear you will need to take with you on your next Fall camping trip.

Part One: Fall Camping Series – What to Pack for Fall Camping


Fall Camping – Packing the Proper Gear

The following checklist for proper gear will give you an excellent start in packing the essentials. You can also add to the primary list if needed, but this list will provide a strong backbone for what you need to pack.

Sleeping Bags – Fall weather brings cooler temperatures. It is best to pack sleeping bags that are suitable for zero degrees to thirty degrees weather. The best options are typically lightweight but keep you warm in colder temps – especially when camping with the kiddos.

Insulated Padding – Some families desire to use some sort of padding during their Autumn camping trips and year-round. The sleeping pads add a nice touch of comfort when sleeping on the ground. Another advantage of using sleeping pads is the added insulation to keep you warm.

Appropriate Blankets – Don’t forget to include blankets in your Fall camping checklist for needed gear. Blankets will help to keep you warm-hearted and lightweight versions are easy to travel with. Two types of material suggested are wool blankets and down blankets.

Tarps – Tarps are another essential item to add to your Fall camping gear. Tarps placed under the tent can help with keeping moisture out of the tent. Also, having an extra tarp to use to protect your rain fly is a plus.

Family Tents – Packing the proper tent with enough space for the family is warranted. Choose one with a rain fly, which will help prevent the sleeping quarters from getting wet. Adding the additional layer of protection by using the extra tarp will also help.

Backpacks – Hiking backpacks are great for many uses. They can be packed for hiking excursions or used when exploring near your camping location. There are also some backpack models available which include a rain cover. This is nice to have handy during the rainy season.

First Aid Supplies – Keeping a family first aid supply kit is a must. Include items for scratches, burns, bug bites, along with general supplies. Include sunscreen and any medications which may be routinely needed by the family.

Additional Camping Gear Items – There are a few other camping gear items that are useful for the colder weather camping trip. These items include hot water bottles and plastic baggies. Add hot water to the bottles and use them while sleeping to stay warm. Plastic baggies have many uses during camping – including keeping valuables dry and packing smaller like items together.

What Other Camping Items Do You See As Essential for Fall Camping?

What other basic camping gear essentials do you need for essentials for Fall camping? Please let our readership know your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions! Please leave a note below!


Additional Reading:


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