Bring a cold weather sleeping bag.
In choosing your sleeping bag, go for one that provides protection for temperatures a bit lower than what you’re expecting. Nothing is worse than trying to sleep when you absolutely cannot get warm. You can also look at mummy sleeping bags and those with a hood to lock in heat. Of course, you know your cold tolerance best, so keep that in mind when seeking a new sleeping bag.
Test your equipment.
Test your camping equipment before hitting the backcountry. A few days before your trip, set up your tent, unfurl your sleeping bags, light up your portable grill. If anything is broken, cracked, or moth eaten, now is the time to repair or replace it.
Invest in good hiking gear.
It’s important to invest in high-quality gear. Take the time to learn what gear suits your camping needs. If you’re looking for a good tent, invest in a three-season tent with a full rain fly that keeps moisture out. For added protection, place a tarp underneath to keep moisture from seeping in. You can also bring an extra tarp for extra protection over the rain fly. Invest in quality boots, clothing, and rain gear. Choose something that provides enough protection against the cold autumn season.
Pack clothes for layering.
The key to staying warm and comfortable is layering. Pick breathable and water-resistant clothing that keeps moisture off your skin while trapping in heat. Choose from wool, fleece, and synthetic material since these kinds of fabrics have excellent heat retention features. Skip cotton clothes because this material draws in moisture which makes your skin clammy and cold. Remember to pack base layers, fleece jackets, a wind-resistant outer shell, hat, gloves and mittens, extra shoes with plenty of dry socks, rain gear, and balaclava.
Avoid scented products.
Although insects have started to wane, there are still beasties lurking in the autumn air. Avoid them by bringing insect repellant and sticking with unscented hygiene products.
Prepare for the rain.
Since rain frequently happens in autumn, you need to have the right rain gear. Add more protection to your pack by lining it with a plastic garbage bag. Place your gadgets, money, and other important items in resealable plastic bags. Also, bring tarpaulin as a shield for the rain.
Don’t let cold weather prevent you from enjoying the backcountry. Plan ahead and you can enjoy the outdoors in any season.
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