Don’t Forget About Daylight Saving Time

pocket-watchDaylight Saving Time ends this weekend. At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, we roll the clocks back one hour, and 2:00 a.m. becomes 1:00 a.m. You’ll definitely appreciate the extra hour of sleep on Monday morning, but the time change can lead to a little confusion over the weekend, especially if you’re out camping, hiking, or otherwise enjoying nature. Here are some thing to keep in mind with the end of Daylight Saving Time.

There was a time when you had to stay on top of time changes. Every spring and fall, you’d have to change each and every clock and timepiece in your possession. Today, many of us rely on phones, computers, or wearable devices to tell time, and may of these items change automatically for Daylight Saving Time. But these devices only update if they can connect to a network. No big deal if you’re sleeping comfortably in your bed, but what if you’re out in nature with no reception for miles around?

If you’re camping or on the trail this weekend, don’t forget about Daylight Saving Time. Maybe you have to get back in town at a specific time on Sunday, or maybe you’re meeting up with some friends at the trailhead. Either way, you need to know what time it is.

So how do you know if your phone changes time for Daylight Saving Time if you’re out in nature? Well, the simplest way to know what time it is, is to go old school. Bring a watch, and change the time manually.

The most important thing to remember about the time change is that the sun sets earlier. Don’t get caught hiking in the dark, or trying to set up camp by the light of a headlamp. The sun sets earlier and earlier as we advance through the season, and setting clocks back one hour certainly doesn’t help . Take earlier sunsets into account when planning your trips. With less sunlight in the day, you need to start trips earlier, or plan on finishing up earlier in the day.

Stop by and see us before your next outdoor adventure! We’re an outdoor gear store providing Northwest Arkansas with camping equipment, hiking gear, outdoor supplies, and more!

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