As the summer months draw to a close you might think it’s time to put the tent in the attic again until next year. That is, if you haven’t discovered the wonders of autumn camping! It may be chillier with a bit more chance of rain but that shouldn’t stop you enjoying this delightful season in the outdoors.
Here are just a few reasons why we love autumn camping:
- Fewer crowds – the fair weather campers have packed up and left for another year, meaning you can truly enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors. Less people means it’s also easier to get a great spot at the campsite and at many sites it’s cheaper due to the lower demand.
- Beautiful scenery – there’s no season like autumn for the amazing scenery. The French philosopher Albert Camus once said: “autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”. The melange of colours amongst the foliage is a sight to behold.
- Fewer insect bites – as the weather gets colder the number of pesky flying insects in the air reduces.
- Less sweating during activities – milder temperatures makes outdoor activities like hiking and cycling more pleasant and less sweaty.
- Perfect for campfires – the chillier weather increases the joy of getting that first campfire lit and the earlier nights give you more time to enjoy it. It’s also easier to find firewood thanks to the fallen branches and twigs in autumn (as long as it’s dry).
Essentials and tips
- Sleeping bags - make sure your sleeping bag has at least a 2-3 season rating, though a 3-4 season bag would be preferable. If you’re still using your summer sleeping bag then it’s time to upgrade.
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- Sleeping mats/airbeds - though it is advised all year round it is especially important in colder months to sleep with a barrier between yourself and the cold hard ground. This could be an airbed – which you should line with a blanket to make it warmer, or a foam sleeping mat – which will ideally be on the thicker side in autumn. View our airbeds and sleeping mats
- Hand and foot warmers – on the chillier days of autumn these handy little gizmos are perfect for slipping in your gloves or boots for a thermal boost.
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- A larger rucksack – in colder months you’ll obviously need to pack more items of clothing, therefore you need to make sure you have a rucksack large enough to cope with this extra demand.
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- Hats, gloves and scarfs – these accessories are essential when camping in the autumn months. It’s better to be too warm and take them off than be too cold and not have any to slip on!
View our hats, gloves and scarfs – men’s; women’s
- Fleece – the perfect way add comfort and warmth to your outfit. A fleece pullover also makes a great pyjama top on those extra chilly nights.
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- Thermals – it is essential to layer up when keeping warm in the outdoors and that should start with the very first layer.
View our baselayers – men’s; women’s
- Flasks for hot drinks – you can’t beat a brew at the campsite on a crisp autumn morning! Make sure you take a flask that will keep your drink hot for a long time.
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- Leave yourself longer to cook your meals – outdoor cooking can take longer in colder weather. You should also take extra fuel for this reason.
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- Warm up before bed – if you warm up before bed you’ll remain warm once you get in it. Doing some light exercise such as star jumps is a good way to do this. You could also eat a snack as your body stays warmer when burning calories.
- Light up your campsite – make sure you have sufficient lighting equipment for those longer nights. Torches, headlamps and lanterns should be a priority when packing.
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- Stay hydrated – it can be easier to forget to drink water in cooler weather, so make sure you keep yourself hydrated throughout your camping trip.
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- Bring extra money –always take extra cash just in case. You may plan a weekend in the open however the weather may have other ideas. If the worst does happen and you need to head into town for a hotel then this spare money could come in handy.