10 Fall Camping Essentials

Add these essential gear items to your list to make the most out of fall camping.

Though summer camping is always fun, we’d be lying if we didn’t say that fall camping is really our favorite. Fewer people, more manageable weather, far less bugs, and the ease of reservations are just a few reasons why this season is near and dear to our hearts for camping. We also love the opportunity to use fall camping gear that sometimes summer camping just doesn’t allow.

Because who doesn’t love fun gear?

So come along with us as we cover the essentials for making the most of this fabulous camping season.

Yetti Hopper FlipYETI

1. YETI Hopper Flip 12 Cooler

In case you haven’t already heard, Yeti coolers are the Teslas of the cooler world. We had no idea that coolers could be so high tech (and, unfortunately, so expensive.)

But we promise that your money is well spent with a YETI cooler for a number of reasons.

First of all, this cooler will not leak, no matter what. The massive zipper is guaranteed to keep any leakage from happening. The soft shell on this one is still firm, and will keep your food and drinks cold longer than you thought a cooler could possibly do.

Price $249.99

Talon 222. Osprey Talon 22 Day Hiking Backpack

This lightweight pack will fit everything you need for your day hike without weighing you down.

And can we talk about how comfortable it is?

You will not find yourself with a backache the next day when you hike with this pack, thanks to its AirScape backpanel and its continuous hip belt wrap.

Called the “most versatile day hiking pack ever built,” this is a great investment for your fall camping, and really camping of any other season.

Price $110

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent3. Counter Assault Bear Spray

Cooler temperatures mean that animals will be more active. And since it’s not quite time for hibernation, you may find yourself upon a bear or two while camping out in the woods depending on your location.

We think it’s always better to be prepared — you never know when a hungry bear will wander into your camp.

To lower the chances of bears coming your way, keep all food away from where you’re sleeping and hide things that you fear may attract animals. But, if you find yourself running into a bear, having this bear spray on hand can be a lifesaver.

Price $47

Hydro FlaskHydro Flask

4. Hydro Flask Bottle

Hydro Flasks are our favorite bottles for any season of camping, but in the cooler months, these are fabulous for coffee and hot cocoa. Able to keep your drinks warm for hours, you are going to love this bottle.

With a double-wall insulation made of professional-grade stainless steel, the company claims your drink will stay warm for up to 6 hours, and cool drinks will stay icy for up to 24 hours!

Price $28

Value Kard Rewards

5. KOA Value Kard Rewards Membership

Camping without your VKR Membership just wouldn’t be right.

Why would you pass up the opportunity to save 10% every time you camp at a KOA?

In addition to the savings you’ll get with your membership, you will also earn points to redeem for rewards and additional savings.

Here are just a few of the additional perks you’ll get as a VKR member:

  • Discount on KOA RV Roadhelp membership
  • Discounts on parts and accessories at any ROUTE 66 RV Network location
  • Discounts on Rayovac batteries, chargers, lights and more
  • Discounts on Omaha Steaks’ exclusive KOA grilling packages
  • Discounts on Outside Magazine subscriptions
  • And much more!

For more information on all the fabulous benefits you’ll receive with your Value Kard Rewards membership, visit here.

Price $30 per year

Buck Knives Selkirk Knife

6. Buck Knives Selkirk Knife

You always want a good knife on hand when camping, but it’s a good idea to have a sturdy fixed-blade knife that can do things your Swiss Army knife may not be able to.

This knife from Buck Knives is made from 420HC stainless steel, and the butt of the knife doubles as a hammer.

You’ll find that “hammer” come in quite handy when the ground is a bit harder and you’re trying to pound in your tent stakes. This knife also comes with a Forever Warranty, making it an obviously good choice.

Price $87

Big Agnes Double Sleeping Bag7. Big Agnes Big Creek 30 Double Sleeping Bag

One of the reasons we love fall camping is it gives us the chance to break out a double sleeping bag. Summer months often make it too hot for a sleeping bag, and definitely too hot to share a sleeping bag with someone else. But come fall, we are all about the double sleeping bag that allows for maximum snuggling.

And this one from Big Agnes is a great fall option

Best for temperatures around 30 degrees Fahrenheit, this bag will keep you warm without making you sweat.

It even has hand pockets so that you can wrap the sleeping bag around your shoulders and feel like you are wrapping up in your comforter at home.

Price $249.95

 Sea to Summit UltraLight Mat8. Sea to Summit UltraLight Mat

With temperatures cooling down, you’re not going to be as thrilled about sleeping on the ground as you may have been during the summer.

Plus, your back will thank you for providing it some extra cushion.

Awarded National Geographic Adventure’s Gear of the Year seal in 2014, this mat is not only light, but also can be packed incredibly small.

The mat also comes with a repair kit just in case a rock tries to ruin your sleep.

Price $100-$120 depending on size

MSR Hubba Hubba TentREI

9. MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent

Fit for two people, this tent has more space than your typical 2-person tent, but doesn’t pack extra weight.

Made using extra light zippers and lightweight fabric, this tent will be easy to pack in and out.

In fact, the tent weights a mere 3.4 pounds, making it the lightest and most “liveable” tent in the camping world.

Perfect for the cooler (but not sub-zero) temperatures, this tent will keep you just warm enough during your fall camping trips.

Price $399.95

Camp Chef Everest StoveREI

10. Chef Camp Everest 2-Burner Camp Stove

We’ve been waiting all summer for this — for the cooler weather to set in so that we can use our camp stove without breaking a massive sweat. And this camp stove from Chef Camp Everest is the perfect one for fall.

With two burners that each kick out 20,000 BTUs, you’ll be able to get some serious cooking done with these things.

We are just imagining the delicious camping meals in our future thanks to this stove, and we can’t wait!

Price $100

Are you feeling as excited as we are after reading through those essentials?

We want to see how you use your favorite gear for fall camping! Be sure to share with us all of your camping adventures by tagging us on social media.

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