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Tips for Enjoying Fall Camping in Missouri 

August 26, 2019

Fall in Missouri means long-sleeved shirts, blue jeans, evenings around a fire and enjoying cooler temperatures and beautiful colors with your favorite traveling companions.

The reasons to travel to Missouri in the fall are myriad, from festivals and foliage, to sporting events and sightseeing.

Camping is another popular fall activity in Missouri. By late September and early October, the humid days of summer generally have given way to the crisp air of autumn, meaning daytime temperatures are just about ideal (60s-70s) while nights are chilly (40s and 50s), but great for sitting beside a fire.

Of course, this is Missouri, so temperatures can jump up to 90 just about any time, while a sudden cold snap might bring frost. You just have to be prepared.

The folks at Missouri State Parks put together some great tips for camping and exploring the outdoors in the fall months. Their list of suggestions is comprehensive, but here are a few highlights:

  • Dress in layers. Each layer in the system traps air and insulates. Multiple thinner layers trap more air than a single bulky layer and allow less heat to escape.
  • Do not use cotton fabric in any of your layers. Cotton absorbs and holds water.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat foods high in complex carbohydrates and increase intake of fats.
  • Keep your head and neck covered.
  • Keep dry.
  • Use a sleeping bag suitable for the temperatures you will be sleeping in.
  • Wear dry and clean synthetic long underwear. Wear clean and dry socks.
  • Remove all wet clothes and dry your body with a dry towel.
  • Drink hot liquids but avoid excessive liquids right before bed time.
  • Do not leave your campsite without securing your camping gear.
  • When hiking or driving, make sure to stay on existing roads and trails.
  • Avoid feeding and harassing the wildlife.
  • Do not litter! If you pack it in then pack it out!
  • Always wear comfortable shoes and clothes when hiking. To avoid blisters, wear two pairs of socks.
  • Always tell someone your intended destination and how long you expect to be gone when you are hiking.

Again, these are just a few tips for having an awesome outdoor adventure this fall in Missouri.

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