What To Bring On Your Fall/Winter Camping Trip

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What To Bring On Your Fall/Winter Camping Trip

Camping in the Fall and Winter

Camping is most commonly thought of as a spring and summer activity, however, camping in the fall and winter is an incredible experience! Fall colors or a fresh blanket of snow really transform the landscape, and there is nothing better than cuddling up by the fire on a chilly night. Camping during the colder months does require a slight adjustment to your packing list, though!


Fall/Winter Camping Checklist

Listed below is everything you will need to make sure you have a warm and safe camping trip!

Appropriate Clothing

  • Bring enough warm clothing to last you the length of your trip. Do not wear cotton. It dries too slowly, which will cause a problem if it rains or snows. Instead, bring thermal shirts and pants.
  • Pack plenty of hats, gloves, and socks that are made from wool or synthetic materials since these items are the most likely to get wet.
  • Check the weather and decide if you need a fleece outer layer, a waterproof windbreaker, and/or a water resistant down or puffer jacket. 
  • Bring a pair of sturdy, water proof boots. Ideally, ones that go over your ankles and offer plenty of support for hiking.

Camping Gear

  • Bringing a 4-season dome tent is very important since it will provide adequate protection against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Pack your GO-KOT! Staying off the cold, wet ground will help keep you warm at night.
  • Check the predicted temperature range and choose which sleeping bag will best fit your needs and the temperature range.
  • A waterproof backpack is also a good idea to bring in case you plan on hiking and being away from the campsite during the day.
  • The fall and winter months have less hours of sunlight, so remember to pack a flashlight or portable lantern, along with extra batteries.
  • If snow is expected during your trip, bring a a snow shovel and a sled to help move your supplies.
  • Bring plenty of food and water, ideally an extra day's worth. Also, bring something that can filter water just in case you need it. We recommend the GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle.
  • Bring matches, a lighter, or another fire starter.
  • Pack a portable stove, cooking fuel, cooking pans, utensils, plates, bowls, and mugs.

Additional Supplies

  • No matter what season you are camping in, always pack a first-aid kit.
  • Depending on where you are camping, your phone's navigation system may or may not work. So, it is a good idea to bring a map and a compass.
  • If you are backcountry camping or staying at a campsite without restroom facilities, bring along toilet paper and/or a portable toilet. 
  • If you are bringing your pup along for the adventure, click here to learn what supplies they need.
  • If you are a coffee or tea drinker, bring all the supplies required to make it!

For more information, visit Survival Life!

All pictures used in this blog post are from customers who have shared their GO-KOT pictures with us on Instagram using #GOKOT. In order, credit given to those Instagram accounts are as follows: @n0rdan @hirocism_another @kiosan_insta @eiji96 

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