Tent Camping On Cool Nights
Don’t you absolutely love autumn?
One of my favorite camping trips is the annual Fall Festival weekend at Sleepy Hollow State Park.
We call it, Halloween camp because the entire park is decorated for Halloween. The kids go trick or treating. There is pumpkin painting, hay rides, and a campsite decorating contest.
When it gets cold, I run my ceramic heater for awhile at bedtime, and again in the early morning, to take the chill off. I think ceramic heaters are great for warming a tent but, I don’t feel that it is safe to leave one running all night while we are sleeping.
Good sleeping bags are a must!!
Sleeping bags come in different weights. A 30-degree sleeping bag is heavy enough to keep you warm when it is 30 degrees. There are lighter sleeping bags for warmer weather and heavier sleeping bags for colder weather.
When I bought my sleeping bags, the 30-degree bags were my choice. My thought was, that we would only be camping in the summer, and it doesn’t get down to 30 degrees very often in the summer.
HA! We live and we learn, right?
As it turns out, we don’t just camp in the summer. We camp from Memorial Day weekend until early October.
I have camped when the overnight temperature got down to 36 degrees in the summer! We have camped in the fall when it was sleeting!
So, when our sleeping bags are worn, I will replace some of them with warmer sleeping bags for colder weather but, I will not replace perfectly good sleeping bags
Who can afford that?
I use sleeping bag liners to add extra warmth. You can buy sleeping bag liners for under $20.00 or, you can do what I did and make your own.
I bought inexpensive throw blankets for under $5.00 and sewed them together on three sides.
I also put an inexpensive throw on top of my air mattresses. Remember, the air in your air mattress will only be as warm as the air in your tent. Don’t waste your body heat warming your air mattress. Put a couple of extra layers of material between you and the surface of the mattress. Putting a rug under your air mattress will help also.
Bring warm sleepwear when you camp.
This is when you can seriously rock your flannel jammies! Soft warm flannel is perfect for sleeping in tents. So, don’t pack your winter jammies away in the spring. Put them with your camping gear to wear on cool nights.
Add a bed beanie to your camping gear.
You are covering up the rest of your body to keep warm, cover your head too. A warm knitted cap, a beanie, will help to keep your body heat from escaping through your head.
Another thing that we use is hot water bottles.
I like to put my hot water bottle at the foot of the bed. Try it! You will be surprised how much it will warm the bed.
These hot water bottles are cute and functional.
Let’s face it, summer isn’t all sunshine, and warm nights are not guaranteed.
I am a dedicated camper. I am always looking for ways to extend our camping season. Having a few tricks for staying warm, has helped me to do just that!
Autumn is a beautiful season to be outdoors. Don’t cancel your camping plans or shy away from fall camping trips because the temperature is expected to drop.
There will always be cold fronts but, if you plan ahead and are prepared for the cool nights, you can continue to enjoy sleeping in your tent while the autumn leaves fall all around you.Happy Camping,
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”
- The featured photo is of the Shiawassee River 10-17-16
- A country road in Bancroft, Michigan 10-17-16
- Trick or treating at Sleepy Hollow State park 10-3-15
- Fall colors 10-17-16
- A cutie pie, rocking his flannel jammies
- Warm feet in fun socks
- Wearing a bed beanie
- Our hot water bottles
- My tent at Sleepy Hollow State Park 10-4-14
- Me, being a witch at Cross Roads Village’s Halloween 10-8-11