Camping is an important part of most people’s summer traditions. Just like a trip to disneyland or a family road trip, camping is easily considered an integral part of the summer months. But summer is so hot, sometimes unbearably so, so you wonder why you would choose to spend so much dedicated time outdoors when it’s so, so hot. Summer has always been the traditional season for camping, but it may not actually be the best season for camping.
Fall is the best camping season
There are a myriad of reasons why camping in the fall is a more enjoyable experience, and honestly, it’s kind of a no brainer. If you find yourself itching for a weekend getaway with your tent and a sleeping bag after the leaves have already started to turn, don’t deny yourself, and get packing!
The weather is cooler
Camping in the summer means you’ll probably come away from the trip with a nasty sunburn. It’s usually just a part of the experience, unless you’re an expert at remembering to reapply your sunscreen every few hours. This means camping trips aren’t always as enjoyable as you’d anticipate them being. If you go camping during the autumn months, it’s considerably cooler during the day. You still need sunscreen if you’re going to be outside, but it won’t be unbearably hot. If it’s not so hot, you can enjoy all of your daily camping activities more. Hiking becomes less of a chore and more of an enjoyable walk, because you won’t be sweating bullets as you try to climb a mountain. It becomes more about the view if you’re at a comfortable body temperature the entire time.
It’s more beautiful in the autumn
Autumn is a beautiful season, there’s no denying that. And the places that are the most beautiful during this season? The mountains and forests, basically anywhere that is highly inhabited by trees and their changing fall colors. Summer colors definitely have their charm, but nothing can even begin to hold a candle to the oranges and reds of the changing leaves in the fall. Going camping from late September to early November will bring you some of the most stunning and breathtaking views that you’ve ever seen, and will most definitely be an experience you won’t be regretting.
During the summer months, things like hiking and swimming in the lake are the things that most people spend their time doing. But the number of things that you’re able to do expands drastically once the weather starts to get cooler. Some fun, seasonal activities that you can enjoy while hiking include apple picking, pumpkin picking and carving, local harvest festivals like Oktoberfest, fall fishing derbies, and halloween events. When looking for a campground and location to camp, make sure to keep an eye out for fun, seasonal activities that you can participate in nearby. Some activities may be worth planning an entire camping trip around, anyway. A lot of these seasonal activities, like pumpkin carving, are generally really messy activities. By doing these activities while camping, you make the cleanup easier because you’re already outside and the waste you make can be used for compost, which is good for the environment.
It’s more affordable
After Labor Day, most camping grounds drop their rates, as peak camping season is over. Camping will be much more affordable, as well as all of the other amazing benefits we’ve already discovered, that make camping in the fall seem like it really is the best season for camping.
There are less bugs in the fall
The smell of bug repellant and deet is immediately associated with camping trips. Despite the copious amounts of bug spray you use, you always end up coming home sporting half a dozen mosquito bites, if not more. As the weather starts to get cooler, there are less bugs around. Which means that camping no longer means swatting away pests constantly, as there are no pests to be rid of. And that also means that you don’t have to deal with any of the harmful bug repellants and you’ll never have to smell deet again.