6 expert tips for camping in the fall
Updated: Nov 23
As the leaves start to change color and a chill hangs in the air, there's no better time to go camping. Camping in the fall has its own unique set of challenges, but with a little preparation, you'll be able to enjoy all that nature has to offer at this time of year. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Dress in Layers
One of the benefits of camping in the fall is that you don't have to worry about dealing with mosquitos or other pests. However, the weather can be unpredictable, so it's important to dress in layers. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if it's 20 degrees warmer than it actually is. That way, you can always take off a layer if you get too hot.
Pro Tip: Camping in the fall is relaxing because you’ll experience cooler temperatures and fewer people. This means less hassle, less noise, and shorter lines.
Pack Plenty of Food and Water
When you're out in the wilderness, it's important to make sure you have enough food and water to last you for the duration of your trip. This is especially true in the fall when temperatures can drop quickly at night. Pack high-energy snacks like nuts and dried fruit, as well as plenty of water — at least one gallon per person per day.
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Be Prepared for Colder Temperatures
Even if you're only planning on camping for a few days, it's always a good idea to be prepared for colder temperatures — especially if you're camping at higher elevations. Make sure you have a warm sleeping bag, and consider bringing along an emergency blanket just in case.
Pro Tip: In Kern County, daytime temperatures are in the 70’s to 80’s, which is still warm enough to play in the river. That being said, evening temperatures cool down significantly, and a campfire will feel extra nice and toasty.
Be Bear Aware
Another thing to keep in mind when camping in the fall is that it's prime time for bears. They're trying to pack on as much weight as possible before winter, so they're eating a lot. That means they might be more likely to come into camp looking for food. Because of this, make sure you keep your food stored properly and don't leave any garbage lying around.
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Check for Hunting Areas
Before you head out for your trip, make sure you check to see if there are any hunting seasons in effect. You don't want to accidentally set up camp in an area where hunters might mistake you for game.
Pro Tip: Hunting season starts up in the fall time — more specifically, October is deer season. Keep this in mind when booking your Kern County camping trip.
Make Plans To Explore
Since temperatures are cooler in fall, finding new places to explore is ideal. Take the opportunity to pack your days with as many new places and activities as possible — especially those places or activities that would be more miserable to experience in 90+ degree weather. Rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking are great ideas when camping in the fall.
Pro Tip: When camping along the Kern River in the fall, make plans to visit 7-teacups, the Valhalla waterfall, Packsaddle Cave Trail, and Quaking Aspen.
Fall is one of the best times to go camping. The weather is cooler, which makes for more comfortable sleeping conditions, and there are fewer bugs. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when packing for your trip. Make sure to dress in layers, pack plenty of food and water, and be prepared for colder temperatures — especially if you're camping at higher elevations. With these tips in mind, you're sure to have a fun and safe camping trip this fall!
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