Quick Camping Tip: Warm Days, Cooler Nights. Preparing for Fall Camping

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Camping & Survival

Cheaper Than Dirt! Quick Camping TipFor some, cooler weather is right around the corner. Early and mid-fall camping can be the most enjoyable—the days are pleasantly warm, while temperatures drop at night making sleeping in your tent quite comfortable. However, if you are unprepared, a cold night in a tent can be miserable. If you pack right, camping in cooler weather is no sweat. Here are 12 tips to staying warm during chilly nights.

Picture shows a bright orange tent in a state park in winter.

If you pack right, camping in cooler weather is no sweat.

  1. Pack cold-weather clothing, such as long pants, sweatpants, a long-sleeved shirt, wool socks, a beanie or stocking cap, a jacket, hoodie or sweatshirt and closed-toed shoes or boots.
  2. Heat some water on the camp stove or campfire and put it in a sturdy bottle. Place the bottle in your sleeping bag down at your feet. Alternatively, use chemical warmers.
  3. Sip on hot coffee, chocolate or tea before bedtime.
  4. Go for a walk. Exercising raises your body temperature.
  5. Put a foam pad or air mattress under your sleeping bag. This will help stop conduction of your body heat.
  6. Downsize your tent. It is easier to keep a smaller tent warmer.
  7. Sleep wearing a fleece hat or stocking cap.
  8. Buy a portable heater rated for indoor use.
  9. Cover your sleeping bag with a warm blanket.
  10. Eat a good, hearty hot dinner.
  11. Insulate the ground before pitching your tent. Rake dry leaves, hay or pine needles over your pad site. Then put a ground cover over that.
  12. Upgrade your sleeping bag to a mummy-style rated for 15 degrees or colder.

How do you stay warm when camping in colder weather? Share your tips with others in the comment section.


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (15)

  • Drew


    Always keep a few “chimney bricks” in or close to the campfire. when ready to go to sleep, wrap them in a wet towel and place them at your feet in the bag. You’ll be toasty for a good while, also do leave a pair of sox and pants in the bag so they’ll be warm in the morning. Just don’t put them on the damp towel!


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