Autumn is one of the best times to go camping because of the cooler weather and lower crowds. There’s something about campfires that make them perfect for the start of cosy season. These autumn camping UK trip tips will help you prepare and keep warm. The camping season doesn’t have to end because it’s October. The real fun should only be just beginning!
Camping in the autumn is stunning, with vibrant leaf colours, fewer visitors to interupt your view, and great campsites that would be impossible to get into in the crowded summer months. Even though the weather may be changing and the days are becoming shorter, all it takes is a little more planning to be prepared for an unforgettable autumn camping UK trip to enjoy your outdoor hobbies.
Tips for autumn camping UK trip weather
Checking the weather is one of the most crucial autumn camping tips. It may seem obvious at any time of year, but it can be easily forgotten. Ideally, you’ll have bright, sunny days without any rain. It’s easy to keep warm with a campfire going, but not so easy to light said campfire in a downpour! Be prepared weather-wise as it will help you pack appropriately.
Bring your tent’s rainfly and an additional tarp or footprint that fits underneath your tent even if rain is not expected. In the autumn, the weather can quickly change. The rainfly not only provides weather protection but also warmth by minimising night-time cross breezes in your tent. If you are well equipped, there’s no need to let the weather spoil your trip.
Autumn camping clothing advice
Temperature swings can be rather frequent in the autumn. The temperature may fluctuate greatly. Nothing ruins a camping trip like spending the entire time freezing to death. The secret is to layer repeatedly. If you’re car camping and you have room for a few extra goods, it’s always a good idea to bring a little extra warmth. If you layer you can remove layers to cool down, or add more to warm up. Look for items like warm leggings to go under your jeans or waterproof trousers, insulated jackets and raincoats etc. Fleece, and flannel fabric prints are going to keep the heat in.
Make sure you bring lots of pairs of socks too. You want them for layering, but also incase you get your socks wet and you need spares. Nobody wants to be sitting with damp feet!
Keeping warm while sleeping
You need to consider some autumn camping UK trip tips for remaining cosy at night. This is so important as staying warm is crucial for getting a good night’s sleep in your tent. A UK cold-weather sleeping bag and sleeping pad are necessary, in addition to wearing warm base layers and socks while you sleep.
First, you must comprehend the meaning of the temperature rating because every sleeping bag has one. A 30-degree bag, for instance, guarantees that you won’t completely freeze even if the temperature drops to 30 degrees. But just because it’s 30 degrees outside doesn’t guarantee you’ll be warm and cosy. A very long and chilly night is going to result from a 30-degree bag at 30 degrees.
Tips for autumn hiking
Keep in mind that the days are substantially shorter in the fall when you are planning day hikes on your autumn camping trip. Have a headlight and warm clothing (like the items indicated above) in your daypack at all times. This is in case you find yourself on the route after dark. You should also start your hike early to make best endeavours to avoid this happening. It never hurts to research the local sunset time so you can schedule your treks and other activities carefully. Bring a rain jacket along too, if there’s a risk of rain or you can see some grey clouds in the sky.
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