Pitch a Tent

Fall, what better time of year to pitch a tent and enjoy spending time outdoors?

As we’re gathering our tent, sleeping bags, cooking utensils and backpacks for a camping road trip to Maine, I’d like to encourage you to go camping even if only for a single night since there’s really nothing like sleeping out under the stars.

So why is camping in the fall such a good idea?

1. It’s a cheaper way to travel. Campsites are much cheaper than staying in hotels, and you really only need a tent, sleeping bags and a few utensils for cooking. If you don’t have the basics, you can probably borrow from a friend or family member. Frequent campers usually have extra equipment they’re willing to loan.

2. The cooler weather makes sitting around a campfire the perfect outdoor activity. A pack of hotdogs, a bag of marshmallows and a couple of sticks…you’re ready for for campfire fun.

3. Campgrounds are less crowded since school’s back in session. Really, who doesn’t enjoy smaller crowds.

4. In Florida, the drier weather is more conducive to sleeping outside. The wet days of summer will soon be coming to an end. Typically, the state receives a third as much rainfall in October as in the summer months so in just a couple weeks, the weather will be more cooperative.

5. Numerous festivals and special weekend activities can guide your camping travels. Whether you’re ready for a festival celebrating music, pumpkins, art, stone crabs or bicycling, camping and fall festivals go together like cocoa and marshmallows.

6. It’s not as buggy. Drier weather means fewer mosquitoes making pitching a tent in the fall more pleasant.

7. Breakfast always tastes better when cooked outside. Bacon, eggs, hot chocolate…what a treat when cooked on a camp stove and eaten outside on a picnic table; but even a simple no-cook breakfast tastes better outside.

8. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep in a sleeping bag curled up next to your best camping buddy. 

A longer trip requires some extra gear, but it's important to pack light.
A longer trip requires some extra gear, but it’s important to pack light.

Add a little adventure to the calendar this fall and pitch a tent.




2 thoughts on “Pitch a Tent

  1. I grew up camping with my parents and sister. We started out tent camping and eventually graduated to a small RV called a Chinook. My parents traded that RV for my very first car when I turned 16. It was bittersweet. I couldn’t allow camping to end there so when I married and started my own family, camping was a requirement. We started with a pop-up and graduated to a 1976 Midas class C. We’ve made wonderful memories camping and hope to make many more. You’re right about the food. We all say the pancakes cooked on the Coleman stove are so much better than the ones on the stove at home.

    1. Hard to believe but we’ve gone back to tent camping where we started. Tent then pop-up then Class C camper. Now back to a tent trying to keep it simple.

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