We admit we’re ready for Spring. While plenty of the country offers some great winter camping options, spring is the season that essentially opens up camping season everywhere.
Not that spring camping doesn’t come with its challenges – it certainly does. But if you want to see some of the true beauty of the outdoors in its purest form, springtime is going to provide it. Here are some things you need to be thinking about before heading out into the wilderness this spring.
Tips for Your Spring Camping Trip
- Prepare for cold weather. Spring can be wildly unpredictable when it comes to the weather. You might time it just right and get a warm stretch, but no matter where you are, it can get cold overnight. And even if the physical temperature isn’t terrible, springtime can bring some heavy winds that put a chill on any weather. Bring warm clothes and sleeping bags to shelter yourself.
- Keep yourself dry. In addition to colder temperatures, spring is the season that nurtures all of the plantlife the best. This means that you could find yourself dealing with some rain (or snow). Combined with possible colder temperatures, it’s essential to stay dry to keep yourself comfortable and safe. Socks are an essential clothes items that is easily missed when considering extra clothes to pack.
- Bring your mud boots. Even if it isn’t actively raining during your trip, the runoff from melting snow and the ground’s general sogginess make waterproof boots essential. You’ll also have to consider finding a camping space on higher ground to avoid that sinking feeling and get soggy overnight.
- It could get buggy. In addition to the flowers starting to thrive, insects like mosquitoes and flies start to hatch. The spring rains only make it worse, so you could be dealing with some uninvited guests during your time outside. Screening them out of your areas will be key, and you can even combat them with bug spray if needed.
- Check your gear. For many of us, our camping gear or vehicles have been sitting idle for the winter months. Ensuring everything is still there and in good condition will help you avoid any major inconveniences in your trip before you head out. If you’ve ever tried to pitch a tent without one of the poles, you know what we mean. The gear check includes the batteries on any flashlights.
- Bring a tarp. Even if your camping gear is top-notch, you might find that a tarp can be useful in several different ways. You can drape a tarp over your tent to avoid excess moisture getting to the tent itself. You can also use the tarp on the ground if you have a wetter spot to pitch your tent.
- Keep your phone charged. Having your phone charged and having a way to recharge it is best way to ensure that you don’t end up in a dangerous situation. And depending on where you are, you can even take advantage of campsite Wi-Fi to pass the time if you are stuck in the tent during a rain spell.
Overall, being prepared is the best way to enjoy your spring camping experience. And any less-than-ideal situations you find yourself dealing with are easily forgotten when you experience that perfect spring sunrise, waterfall, or wildlife interaction.