Autumn is a time of transition, which can wreak havoc with your wardrobe. You need to pack certain camping essentials to get you through the season.
I know, I know. No one wants to think about the end of summer just yet, but whether you’re ready or not, Mother Nature has her own ideas. If you’re an early riser or a night owl, you’ve likely started to notice the weather gets quite a bit cooler when the mid-day sun is not shining above you.
For those of us who spend the better part of our summers enjoying the great outdoors in a tent or RV, the change of season can make it hard to know what to wear. And the last thing you want to be on a camping trip is that girl…you know, the one who packs her entire closet. All you need are these camping essentials to get you through.
When the mercury starts to dip, layering is an absolute must. But comfort is king when you’re camping. I like to start with a super-soft, lightweight tee as a base. If I know the temps are going to hit a high later in the day, I substitute a tank instead. And I can’t get enough of fun slogans, like the ones from Thug Life Shirts. Next, layer an oversized, plaid flannel or chambray shirt on top of your tee.
If it’s extra cool in the early morning, I like to throw on a sweatshirt or sweater as well. Camp Brand Goods has lots of fleece styles that are perfect for the occasion. And I simply can’t get enough of the ultra cozy ionic cape from Aritzia. You could also substitute a military-style or puffy vest. Throughout the day, peel off layers as the weather warms or even just rearrange their order as needed.
For brisk nights that even a campfire can’t heat up, you may need a little something more. A classic denim jacket is always a stylish and practical choice. An utility jacket is also a great option. Either one is durable, easy to clean, and not overly bulky, which is perfect for this time of year.
There’s nothing quite like an old pair of jeans. You know the ones. They have real holes in the knees and not perfectly placed store-bought tears. They’re rugged and soft. Those are the perfect camping pants. But if you cut off all of your jeans into shorts at the start of the season, don’t sweat it. A pair of basic black leggings will serve you just as well. For an added layer of warmth, be sure to pack a pair of sweatpants. You can’t go wrong with Roots Originals, for example.
It’s not too early to think about packing a knit beanie and gloves. In some places, like the mountains, temperatures can drop to the 50s. Not cool…well, except that it’s actually cool. Love or hate the look, you’ll likely want to toss on a pair of wool socks with your Birkenstocks, too. And don’t forget to wrap a thin scarf around your neck. You can use it to jazz up your outfit in the afternoon and add a bit of extra warmth when the temps dip.
But perhaps the number one accessory for this time of year is a good travel mug. Make sure it’s insulated and has a vacuum seal to keep your beverages extra hot. I like to use mine to keep my hands warm on a long walk. And hey, if you want to add a little something extra to your hot chocolate, who am I to judge? Whatever it takes to keep you warm on those cool August nights.
With these camping essentials, you’ll have everything you need to get you through the brisk August mornings and evenings. Have more suggestions for autumn camping essentials? Join the conversation in the Wanderlust Wayfarer Facebook group.