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The leaves are starting to change colors. But there is still time to get a nice camping trip in before it gets too cold.
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Going camping this autumn? Then here are a few tips on how to get the most from your trip:
To enjoy your autumn camping trip to the max, put the right preparation in at the right time. Choose your location in good time, taking into account the time you have, your method of travel, the numbers in the group, the likely weather and what you want to achieve from the trip. When it comes to the latter, consider if you want to get away from it all or have a rollicking family holiday with visitor attractions on hand to enjoy.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred location plan the finer detail of your camping trip, check local weather reports to see how robust a tent you’ll require and what clothing you’ll need. Also, check how close you’ll be to amenities like shops for basic food supplies or whether you’ll have to take all of your food supplies with you.
Regarding the equipment you pack, a lot will depend on what sort of camping experience you want and how basic or not you wish it to be. For autumn, you’ll require a rain proof tent and an additional waterproof ground sheet to keep moisture out. Also, take the best pop up canopy tent you can find to provide additional shelter for during the day, so you can enjoy the views without being in too exposed a position.
Pack a mat to insulate you from the cold ground and the best (preferably) four season sleeping bag you can find to keep you warm when the temperature drops - the mummy style ones work best. For catering, pack a camping stove, matches in a waterproof container, a mess kit and a filled water container. Always ensure you have adequate lighting, carry a first aid kit, whistle and survival bag or blanket.
Autumn can pose a conundrum when it comes to clothing, so it’s best to take several layers you can add as the temperature necessitates, as each layer will trap more air, creating additional insulation. Thermal underwear is a great way to stay warm and comfortable, without adding too much bulk, so try a merino wool base layer.
For your middle layers, look to bulkier clothes such as a thick wool jumper and a heavy fleece, then add a thinner top layer that will keep out the wind and rain. Take purpose made hiking trousers rather than jeans to keep your legs warm; and don’t neglect the value small items, such as a hat, scarf and gloves will add if the temperature drops – they’ll make a huge difference to your comfort level - so take them along. Wear robust boots that you’ve warn in and that leave room for thick, cozy socks.
Tell a trusted person where you are going, your route (if you are hiking) and when you expect to be back.
Whether you are driving, hiking or using public transport to reach your destination, allow yourself sufficient travelling time to ensure you arrive in daylight, so that you can put up your tent with ease, as you don’t want to be tackling a tent in the dark.
So, there you have a few tips to help you make the most of your autumnal camping trip, now you’ve just got time to start planning.