Cool Weather Camping: 9 Essential Pieces of Gear for Fall

Make your nights outside comfortable and cozy with this autumn camping gear


Star Lake—Bloomingdale, N.J.

Camping is clearly most popular in the summer with all of the vibrant greens of grasses and forestry in full bloom. The strong rays of sun invite outdoor enthusiasts to venture the wilderness and the weather permits sleeping under the stars.

Summer is the clear front-runner when it comes to camping, but it has a very strong follow-up season—the fall.

There are plenty of benefits that come with fall camping. The weather’s not hot, but it is not too cold, which makes it easier to enjoy being outdoors. There’s no denying fall is the most beautiful time of year, the scenery simply can’t be beat. Who can resist watching the leaves in their prime as they change from the rich colors of green to the fiery reds and oranges that signify falls arrival.

Another reason camping in the fall is so great—it’s also one of the busiest times of the year for wildlife, as they get ready for the winter ahead. Seeing them hustle about adds to the visual stimulation one gets from camping and being outdoors in the fall—experiencing all of nature at work.

There’s a lot to love about camping in autumn, but before you head out on your next trip make sure you have the essentials.

The North Face Furnace 35 Sleeping Bag

One of the most vital pieces of fall gear is a quality sleeping bag that can provide the right amount of heat. The Furnace 35 has been designed to keep you comfortable even as the temperatures dip into the mid-thirties. Made with water-resistant goose down and a layer of synthetic Heatseeker™ eco insulation, this popular sleeping bag also comes with a vaulted footbox and a built-in hood for added warmth.
Diana Gerstacker; $169-$179

Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Sleeping Pad

The Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Sleeping Pad is another essential if you plan on going camping in the fall, as laying in just a sleeping bag alone will not protect you from the cold ground. The Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus Sleeping Pad features foam insulation that will keep you warm as well as adding a nice cushioned layer for a comfortable sleep.
Cathrine Adamo

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Editor’s note: additional writing and reporting by Diana Gerstacker.

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