Ok so we are officially immersed in the last of the long summer days. The nights have already started drawing in! Don’t Panic! It’s time to fall in love with Fall with some out of season camping!
We Love the Great Outdoors in Autumn. Don’t be too hasty packing up your camping gear for next year, out of season camping trips come with bags of benefits. Autumn and even Winter Caping (Yes, I said it!) can offer a whole new perspective and lots of fun.
As with everything outdoors, preparation is key. A little extra planning and you can enjoy a totally different camping experience. While summers are about beaches, wild swimming, walks and picnics the latter part of the year is dedicated to crisp, cold mornings, foraging, stargazing and campfires.
How to enjoy out of season camping with the kids
#1 Choose when to go
The October half term week is ideal. It is probably the last week you’ll really get a full choice of campsites as many shut their doors after this. Alternatively, make the most of the family weekends and keep your kit all packed and ready. That way you can leave at a moment’s notice, head somewhere local and just go for the night.
#2 Don’t worry about the cold, Embrace it…
- Make the most of any natural shelter and tuck your tent away behind it,
- pick a campsite that allows campfires (essential),
- pack sleeping bags that can cope with the temperatures you’ll be sleeping in, if possible invest in some foam to sleep on as its much warmer than roll mats,
- wear the right clothing (good base layers, woolly socks and hats etc),
- drink hot chocolate around the campfire
- for a final treat pack hot water bottles and extra blankets, you’ll never have been so warm and cosy.
#3 Don’t fear the dark
The shorter nights put a lot of people off camping at this time of year. Short nights are great for younger kids to stay up around the campfire making damper bread and toasting marshmallows. It also means that the sites are far less crowded. Make the most of the early nights by taking a night walk and stargazing, you can get a number of apps to help you identify common constellations and it’s a great adventure for the kids.
#4 Make the most of the season
The days can be spent walking and foraging. Autumn is also a busy time for wildlife. Don’t forget kicking up leaves in the woods and jumping in frozen puddles and you can build a dam any time of the year. Mountain biking is also great when the ground is frosty, even better if it’s really muddy!
#5 Your Campfire is Key to a Great Camping Trip
Don’t forget to light your campfire in the morning too, you can cook your breakfast on it as well as keep warm by it. We love little fried eggs cooked on tinfoil pouches to go with our sausages and bacon.
If you haven’t done it before then give Autumn / Winter camping a go, you may just love it like we do.
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