Top 5 Hacks for Camping During the Fall Season


The hot days of summer are almost behind us and as chillier days start coming in, so do the beautiful range of fall colors. Camping during the fall months is a must-do for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy picturesque scenery, affordable camping rates, less bugs, and a good night’s sleep snuggled up with a loved one. Read our previous article about the Top 5 Reasons to Travel in the Fall for more ideas if you need any further convincing!

Camping includes sleeping on tent floors, having less daylight availability upon sunset, staying in close proximity to plants and trees, and still having enough bugs around to be a bother. Here are a few hacks that will help you be more comfortable and less aggravated by your surroundings during your next camping trip!

Foam Tiles

Sleeping on tent floors can be uncomfortable and challenging, especially after a long day of hiking. You can customize your tent by investing in foam floor tiles for a softer and more comfortable feel. Start by lining the foam floor tiles on the tent floor and add your sleeping bags as the top layer. You may even want to save more space and add to your comfort by bringing along a pillowcase to wrap your clothes inside as a make-shift pillow.

Instant Lantern

It’s a given that while traveling and hiking, you are most likely to be traveling lightweight with a limited number of items on you. To avoid heavy bags, bring a flashlight or small headband light while camping to be able to see during the night. These small sources of light can also be turned into lanterns by attaching a water bottle or water jug. You may even be able to illuminate your whole tent using this small hack.

Poisonous Plants

Before going camping, it is important to familiarize yourself with poisonous plants and how to treat them in case of physical contact. Start by researching which poisonous plants frequently grow at the destination and take some precautionary measures. Some common types of poisonous plants include Poison Oak and Poison Ivy, which grow in groups of three, and can be treated with a lukewarm water and baking soda paste after washing the effected area with soap and water.

Single Use Soap

Carrying around a whole bar of soap or a bottle of liquid soap can be counter-intuitive for a hassle-free camping trip. You will have to wait for your soap to dry before packing it back in your bag and your bottle of liquid soap can easily capsize in your bag. Instead, opt for single-use soaps by using a vegetable peeler to make soap leaves or fill contact lens cases with liquid soap and lotions that can be thrown away after a few uses.

Bug Repellent

The chilly fall temperatures might chase some of the usual overflow of bugs away to warmer climates, making camping more comfortable, but it is still necessary to bring along natural bug repellent. A study conducted by Healthline in 2007 explains that sage decreases bacteria by 94% and if you pack a few bundles to burn during your campfire, you will also be able to keep the mosquitoes away. To keep ticks away during your camping trip, bring a citronella candle or dilute eucalyptus oil and apply to the skin for a natural repellent.

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Posted: 8/23/2019 9:00:00 AM