10 Tips for Foolproof Fall Camping in the Adirondacks
The weather may be turning cooler, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying fall camping in the Adirondacks! Camping in the fall is a great way to enjoy some gorgeous scenery and enjoy outdoor activities. Many campers are put off by the cooler weather and only stick to the warmer months, but with a little extra preparation, you can enjoy more star-filled nights in the Adirondacks well into the autumn season. Whether you prefer RV camping or tent camping, here are a few tips for a successful fall camping trip.
Be Prepared for Shorter Days
As much as we hate it, the days get shorter as we dive into autumn. Be aware of when the sun sets and allow yourself extra time to arrive at your campsite before dark. If you are planning hiking activities for the day, try to plan them early and leave room for error so you do not get stuck in unfamiliar territory in the dark.
Layering is Key
Layering is imperative for staying comfortable while camping in the fall. Be sure to pack layers of breathable, water-resistant clothing to keep you warm and dry. Wool, fleece, and synthetic materials are ideal. Avoid cotton clothing at all costs. Some essential items to include on your camping trip include thermal underwear, fleece jacket, wind & water-resistant outer jacket, winter hat, gloves/mittens, winter jacket, waterproof boots and more. Make sure you are packing extra in case you catch yourself out in wet weather.
Switch to Cold-Weather Sleeping Bags
If you are only used to summer camping, you are probably unaware that sleeping bags are rated for specific temperature ranges. It is extremely important to inspect your sleeping bags and pack the bag that protects against temperatures lower than you would expect. For example, an ideal fall weather sleeping back will be labeled for 0-30 degrees F. If you get cold easily, don’t be afraid to bring two sleeping bags or extra blankets for layering.
Take Advantage of Fall Camping Specials
The advantage of fall camping is that you have your pick of popular camping spots. Those hard to get sites? You will find they are readily available. Many camping resorts also offer reduced fees for tent camping and RV camping. So if you are heading out after Labor Day, check for fall camping specials. If you don’t see a special listed for the dates of your camping trip, don’t be afraid to call and ask for daily fall specials, you may just luck out!
Load Up on Carbs
Cooler weather means your body is burning more calories in order to keep warm, so don’t feel guilty about indulging in your favorite carb-heavy dishes. A nice big meal will help to fuel your body for the day’s activities, replenish your muscles, and keep you warm throughout the cooler nights.
Tarps Are a Lifesaver
Whether you are RV camping or tent camping, the weather can be unpredictable during the autumn season, and tarps might become your best friend. Tarps can provide additional shelter from wind and rain. Hang a tarp over your picnic/eating area to keep your family dry in the event of rain. If you are tenting it, place a tarp underneath your tent to keep your tarp off the wet, cold ground.
Prepare a Fall Camping Survival Kit
A fall camping survival kit is essential for all those unexpected occurrences while you are vacationing in the woods. Some essentials to include in your kit include first aid supplies, extra water and food, headlamps and flashlights, extra batteries, pocketknife, a map of the area, waterproof matches, water purification tablets, and duct tape. Vaseline-soaked cotton balls or other great fire-starters are also a good idea to add to your survival kit
Don’t Forget About the Bugs
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the bugs are gone! Mosquitoes and gnats may still be biting for awhile, so be sure to bring your preferred insect repellent and pack some citronella candles to use at the campsite.
Protect Against the Sun
The sun’s harmful UV rays are still a threat during the fall months, so don’t forget to pack sunscreen for your fall camping strip. It may not feel hot enough to be able to burn, but your increased time spent in the sun can leave you burned sooner than you might think.
Don’t forget to stock up on extra firewood. Once the sun goes down, your family will want to enjoy the heat of a nice campfire. Bring some cards, a musical instrument, or some s’more fixings, and soon your family will forget how cold it is outside that orange glow.
Fall Camping at Adirondack Jellystone RV Park
If you are ready to plan your fall camping trip in the Adirondacks, consider booking a tent or RV site at Adirondack Jellystone. We offer a variety of amenities and activities for the whole family including a jumping pillow, paintball, movie theater, arts & crafts center, pedal carts, and more. Give us a call at 518-532-7493 or check out our specials page to stay up to date on our Fall camping specials.