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10 Fall Camping Tips To Make The Most Of Your Trip

Leaves are falling, the great outdoors is calling.

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Between the crisp autumn weather and scenic foliage perfect for leaf peeping, fall is the best time of year for a family camping trip. Before you cozy up by the campfire, get prepared with these helpful fall camping tips.

Research the amenities your campsite offers before you head out on your fall camping trip. Do they have fire pits? RV hook ups? This info can help you know what to bring along to make the trip as effortless and enjoyable as possible.Shutterstock
Pack plenty of campfire-worthy foods. Fall camping is the perfect time to enjoy soups and chili that you can pre-make at home and heat over an open fire. Hot dogs and s’mores are also kid-friendly favorites.GMVozd/E+/Getty Images

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Bring everything you need to stay warm on a chilly fall night. Cozy blankets, hand warmers, battery-operated space heaters, and insulated sleeping bags are must-haves for fall camping.

Camp at (or near) an apple orchard. It’s a super fun way to knock apple picking and a camping trip off your fall bucket list in one fell swoop. Plus, sleeping under the stars at a real apple farm just sounds so idyllic.filmstudio/E+/Getty Images
Upgrade your usual tent camping experience and stay in a chic (and warm) Airstream suite or luxury tent instead. Book your fall camping trip with AutoCamp to experience their outdoor boutique-style camping amenities first-hand with your family.AutoCamp

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Pick a campground with plenty of activities to enjoy. Swimming is likely out of the question, so a waterfront campsite where your kids can fish from a canoe or play on a playground is ideal.

Instead of fall camping, go glamping. Stay in one of the upscale safari-inspired tents at UnderCanvas with running water, plush beds, and wood-burning stoves. This camping experience boasts scenic views and a host of curated activities for the whole family.UnderCanvas

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Bring a mix of clothes for layering. Since the weather is in constant flux during this season, one fall camping tip to remember is to pack lots of layers — thermal underwear, fleece, waterproof jackets, gloves, beanies, and plenty of extra socks.

Pack thermoses to keep beverages warm. There’s nothing like a mug of hot cocoa or a steaming cup of coffee warmed up over the campfire and kept hot by a thermos to warm you up from the inside out on a cold fall camping trip. Halfpoint Images/Moment/Getty Images
Stay weather aware. Of course, you’ll check the weather before you head out, but keep tabs on the forecast during your fall camping trip so you can whip out your tarps and throw on a rain poncho if a shower heads your way.Shutterstock

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