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Preparing For Fall And Winter Camping
If you have decided to take the road less traveled and go on a camping trip during the cooler seasons, you may quickly regret it if you do not do some proper planning. However, if you take the actions necessary, you will soon find out that choosing to camp during the fall or winter months will be your new favorite time to get away.
First and foremost, it is important to check the weather forecast where you will be camping and for the time you will be there. Some places tend to be dramatically colder than others during the fall and winter seasons. Although meteorologists are usually pretty accurate, you still should always prepare for unexpected weather. If a storm does approach, it is typically better to ride it out at your campsite. Going out in the storm, to try to hike back, may not be a good idea and could prove to be tragic. Therefore, be sure you have brought the proper equipment to withstand what a storm may bring, whether it's colder weather, hard winds or rain and/or snow.
Camping during the cooler season means you will want to pack warmer than you would for the summer months. Camping equipment, such as tents and sleeping bags, come in many different varieties. One of those being how temperature appropriate your gear is. Depending on where you go and how cool the weather will get, will determine what type of supplies you will need. For example, since you can easily lose 50% of your body heat through your head, purchasing a mummy sleeping bag, which covers your whole body and head, would be a wise investment. There are also foam sleeping pads available for purchase to place below your sleeping bag to help block the cold ground. Also, be prepared for windy circumstances by staking down your tent more securely than you might normally do so. If it begins to rain or snow, it is very important to stay under shelter. Getting wet in cold temperatures can easily cause hypothermia, therefore, do your best to stay dry.
Something else to consider if camping in the fall and winter would be when you prepare your meals and what you have chosen to prepare. Remember that in most places the temperature tends to drop dramatically at night during the cold season. This will result in longer cooking times, which means harder work and stress on your body on an empty stomach and this is not a good combination on a cold night. Be sure to have easier meals to prepare for dinner time and consider preparing them a little earlier than usual. Bring lots of ready-to-eat snacks, as well. Keeping your body full of nutrients is an important part in staying warm.
Camping during the fall or winter has many benefits. If you choose to do so, be sure to plan ahead and always take necessary precautions to stay warm, safe and happy.