7 Fall Camping Hacks

It’s almost here…sweater weather. 

We compiled these 7 Fall Camping Hacks to help you make the most of your time in the great outdoors! The temperatures may be dropping, but our love of camping isn’t.

Get outside and enjoy the season with these 7 Fall Camping Hacks!

1. Put clothes in your sleeping bag.

Put your next day’s clothes in the bottoms of your sleeping bag with you overnight to keep them warm with your body heat. Bundles of clothes can also make a decent pillow.

2. Cuddle with a water bottle.

A great fall camping hack is to put some boiling water in a durable water bottle (a popular quality brand is Nalgene) and place it at the bottom of your sleeping bag before you go to sleep to keep your feet warm. Be sure to give it a few minutes to cool or insulate it by wrapping it in a shirt or some other solid fabric to protect your skin.

3. Bring headlights.

With shorter days comes less daylight. Having a headlight or similar lamp allows you to still move around and get stuff done with access to both of your hands. Bring extra batteries!

4. Stay moving.

When it gets chillier during the day, keeping yourself moving is essential for keeping up your body temperature and keeping your blood flowing. Go for a hike, enjoy campground activities, and take a walk or do some jumping jacks before bed to warm your body before settling in for the night.

fall camping hacks

5. Always have extra socks.

It’s always good to have extra socks when camping, but especially in the colder months. Not only is it helpful to layer up for extra warmth, but socks can mistakenly get wet, especially if left out overnight and covered in cold morning condensation. Plan ahead!

6. Use hand sanitizer.

Yes, it’s great for personal hygiene. But hand sanitizer can also be an effective fire starter if you find yourself short on fuel this fall. Stay clean, and stay warm!

7. Get glow sticks.

Glow sticks are both functional and fun for the kids. Placing glow sticks in certain spots can make your campsite easier to navigate at night and help you easily find the places and things you need around your camp.

Have any other good fall camping hacks? 

Let us know in the comments.

And check out our campsite availability to schedule your fall camping trip today! We’d love to have you camp with us at Small Country Campground!

Plan your camping vacation now!

virginiaThe great outdoors are waiting for you and your family! Experience the thrills, the fresh air, and everything that Louisa, VA has to offer.


Two pleasant beaches run along the perimeter of 25-acre Lake Ruth Ann, where you go dive into fishing, swimming, or boating. Our massive 16’ trampoline will propel you into orbit! With rental boats on-hand, a fishing pier, mini golf, a swimming pool, and playgrounds for the kids, there is literally something for everyone, regardless of age, to enjoy in the heart of Old Virginia.


For a unique camping endeavor, select from a variety of cozy rental locations near the Manor House. Built in 1823, the Manor House has an intriguing history dating back to the Civil War. Our Park Model Bunkhouses are fully equipped and waiting for you to fill them up with laughter and memories. Check out our cabins for a classic camping experience.


We also host special events throughout the year. Contact us now to learn how we can host your wedding, corporate event, reunion, or festival and make it a divine occasion. Our annual events add another layer of fun to your trip, like our barbecue competition or mini golf tournament.


We’re also minutes away from history locations like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and Zachary Taylor’s Montebello. Uncover the history of a nation by visiting these landmarks, and then coming back to our camp grounds for a relaxing evening. Take a day trip to one of the natural wonders of Virginia, like the Natural Bridge and Natural Tunnel, or Walton’s Mountain.