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What to Pack for a Fall Camping Trip (for Beginners)

Fall is an incredible time to camp. The summer heat has likely eased up, the leaves are beginning to change, and the crisp fall evenings make for a perfect time to gather round a campfire. You may think that shopping for a camping trip is overwhelming, but chances are you can shop online from places like Amazon and have your shopping list complete without leaving your home. Here are fall camping essentials for your next fall camping trip.
camping essentials for fall

  1. A pop up tent.

The tent is probably your biggest investment when it comes to camping needs. Make sure you get one that will fit your needs. If you plan to camp with kids or other people, you’ll want a decent size tent. You may also want one that is easy to set up. Look for a pop-up tent that is designed to greatly reduce set up time.

  1. Camp mats, cots or air mattresses.

If sleeping on the ground is not something you look forward to, buy a mat, cot or air mattress. Just make sure if you purchase the latter you also buy an air pump to go with it. You’ll find foot pumps, hand pumps or electric pumps that plug into your vehicle.

  1. Sleeping bags or blankets.

You’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable and fall can get pretty chilly. Make sure you pack a sleeping bag at minimum and maybe an extra blanket depending on the sleeping bag you select.


  1. Pie Irons.

Campfire food is the best and in my book, pie irons are essential. These handy tools can transform two buttered slices of bread, some pepperoni, pizza sauce and cheese into an amazing meal. Trust me, it’s been one of my family’s trusted campfire meals for years.

  1. A camp stove.

Campfires are great when it comes to storytelling and ambiance, but what do you do when a fire is forbidden due to wildfire risk? You can’t go hungry so make sure you pack a simple camp stove, some fuel, pots and pans and cooking accessories, just in case. It never hurts to be prepared. Just don’t forget to pack your food and water.

  1. Folding camp chairs.

Many campsites will come with a picnic table, but if you really want to settle in and get comfortable, spend a bit of money and purchase some camp chairs. They’re available in a variety of styles, from single chairs, to child-size chairs to oversize reclining chairs.

  1. A lantern or flashlight.

If you’re tent camping, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll find yourself trekking through a dark campground in the middle of the night on the way to the bathhouse and restrooms. That is not the time to decide that you need to have a flashlight or lantern. Believe me.


  1. A first aid kit.

This is one of the items that you hope you never need to use, but let’s face it, accidents happen. At a minimum, a well-stocked first aid kit should have some pain medicine, bandages, iodine, cleansing cloths, poison ivy medicine, allergy medicine, spray for bug bites and sunburn relief.

What items do you consider essential for a fall camping trip?