Spring Camping Pitfalls

Tree reflected in a puddleIf you live in a place with seasons – like Northwest Arkansas, for example – you know that camping is very different depending on the time of year that you go. The gear that you need, the clothes that you wear, and the things that you have to consider will vary from spring, summer, fall, and winter. We’re now in the midst of spring, and if you haven’t been camping yet, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Camping in the spring can be quite pleasant, but it is definitely deceptive. A break from cold winter temperatures and greener fields and trees can cause you to underestimate what spring camping is really like.

What is tricky about spring camping?

Spring can bring cold temperatures, especially at night. Sure, it’s warmer than the winter, but it can still get pretty cool in the spring. Spring can trick you into thinking that it’s a good idea to wear a tank top, but once that sun goes down, you will realize you’ve made a terrible mistake.

Incessant wind can cause problems. Even if the forecast boasts 60 degrees, you should be mindful of the wind. 60 degrees and sunny can still feel quite chilly if the wind is constantly howling. Also keep the wind in mind when cooking with stoves, building campfires, or setting up camp.

Spring is typically the rainy season in Northwest Arkansas. Be prepared for storms. Even if the weatherman doesn’t predict rain, you can still get caught in a sudden shower, and trails and campsites can be a little soggy after the rain comes through.

People sometimes think that bugs don’t exist until summer rolls around. This is not the case. Ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes will all make themselves known early into the spring season.

What’s the best way to be prepared for spring camping?

Check all of your outdoor equipment to make sure that it is in good condition. Make sure that fabrics are still water resistant, seams are still taped, and everything is holding up the way that it should.

Bring warm clothing. Even if  you’re looking at t-shirt weather during the day, you should bring insulation for when the sun goes down and the temperature drops.

Bring a warm sleeping bag and a sleeping pad. It still gets cold at night during the spring, so make sure you will stay warm.

Carry dry bags and a waterproof shell.

Bring a tarp for an extra rain fly, ground cover, or windscreen.

Bring insect repellent.

Unpredictable weather, cool temperatures, and a few bugs shouldn’t keep you indoors. If you’re prepared, spring camping can be very enjoyable. Make sure that you stop by and see us for any of your outdoor gear needs!

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