9 Must-Have Autumnal Camping Essentials

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Warm, moisture-wicking base layer, rain jacket, a warm beanie or hat, is there anything else? You can make your own note for your fall camping clothes list. And, now, it’s time to make for another important list. Fall is near, near and near. I’m really so happy about that. It means, we can take advantage of this season. Camping!

9 Must-Have Autumnal Camping Essentials

And there is the best idea to make an outdoor fall activity more exciting to do with your family, especially for your toddler. And there’s no better way to do that than a fall camping trip. Before you hit the road for your favorite campground, here are a few things you might want to bring along to make colder temperatures part of the fun.

1. Hot Beverage and Accessories

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More than a pleasant way to start a chilly day, a steaming cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is a quick way to warm your core. I highly recommend plenty of tea bags or cocoa packets. Nevertheless, if java is your thing, forget the instant stuff. Additionally, presses and other accessories will allow you to brew your favorite bean.

2. Headlamp or Lantern

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Erecting your tent in the dark on weekend (actually on Friday night) is a common rite of passage for fall campers. The only thing more important than a good light source is keeping both hands free to work, which is why a headlamp is such a great tool. Choose LED (light-emitting diode) for this. For area lighting, you can opt for the convenience and safety of LED lanterns to conventional liquid fuel models.

3. Sleeping Bag

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That ultralight 40°F sleeping bag you’ve been backpacking with all summer won’t cut it this time of year. A sleeping bag rated between 0°F and 20°F will do just fine during the autumn months. If you’re car camping, then there’s no harm in packing along with a spare blanket just in case.

4. Sleeping Pad

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Because it’s not backpacking, remember to bring the thickest, biggest self-inflating foam pad you have. It’ll provide cushioning, but more critically, a sleeping pad insulates you from the cold ground. Further, luxury-minded campers can slip a blanket underneath the pad for added comfort.

5. Duffel Bag

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Autumnal camping involves a lot more gear, clothes, and food than a fast-and-light backpacking trip. So, avoid the chaos and load your stuff into a duffel bag or two. Make sure to choose something durable that’ll last for many trips.

6. Hand and Foot Warmers

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The leaves are falling, the temperature is getting cooler, and while it’s not nearly cold enough for full-fledged insulated boots yet, it can get a little chilly at either end of the day. It’s a great option to have small chemical heating pads slipped inside your boots, gloves, or jacket pockets in this transition season.

7. Gloves and Hats

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Fleece gloves and acrylic caps are just right for the cold temperatures of fall. Those Everest-grade expedition mitts can remain in the closet for a couple of months yet.

8. Insulated Sweater

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Always remember to bring a puffy down jacket or vest or sweater. It may sound like overkill in October. But, we all don’t exactly know when the temperatures are a very real possibility this time of year. Be prepared, and you’ll be grateful.

9. Wool Socks & Down Booties

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Kicking back becomes a little will be more complicated on chilly mornings or evenings. A heavier pair of wool socks will keep your feet toasty. Slipping them on after you and your family wake up makes your exit from that warm sleeping bag much easier.

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