Planning a camping trip this fall? Autumn is often a great time to pack the family into the car and go exploring the wilderness. The weather is generally mild and the leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow. In the southern parts of the United States, autumn is still seasonably warm and is therefore conducive to camping, whether you prefer the comfort of Alabama RV camping or the more rustic feel of a tent.
If you have been camping many times or even if it will be your first time, it is always a good idea to make sure you will be packing exactly what you need to be comfortable on your camping trip. This list will help you when you are planning for your trip.
- Water: Make sure you have plenty of water on your trip. Some campsites will offer areas such as drinking fountains to get water and other campers will even bring their own filtration systems if they are camping near lakes or rivers, but the the easiest way to make sure you stay hydrated is to bring your own water. Whether its a few gallons or bottles or event a big cooler filled with water and ice, hydration is key, especially if you will be hiking or doing other strenuous activities.
- Snacks: Food is important to bring on a camping trip. Whether you will be cooking on a grill or over an open flame, do not forget to bring snacks to sustain you throughout the day. Great snacks to give you energy and satiate you are healthy snacks like beef jerky, nuts, dried fruit and protein bars. Remember, it is important that all food is sealed in airtight containers and stashed away so that critters cannot get into it.
- Layers: Autumn can be a bit unpredictable in terms of weather, so prepare for this by bringing clothes you can layer. That way, you can add or subtract what you need according to the temperature. Great pieces for layering include: tee shirts, flannel shirts, light cardigans, zip up hoodies and rain jackets. You can also bring leggings or long johns to wear under jeans or other pants if it gets cold.
- Flashlight: No matter if you are staying at an Alabama campground or way out in the wilderness, a flashlight is crucial. You will need a flashlight at night when you go to use the restroom, are rummaging for something in your tent or camper or are going on a night hike.
- Comfortable hiking shoes and socks: Chances are, you will be doing quite a bit of hiking and activities. Nothing can put a damper on your day like painful blisters on your feet or sore arches. Make sure that whatever shoes you are bringing are broken in, work for long hikes and can accommodate your most comfortable socks. Your feet will thank you.
Camping trips are so much more fun for the whole family when everyone is comfortable and safe. Remember to bring these things and you will have an excellent autumn camping experience.