Sadly, there are people, who walk amongst us, that mark Labor Day as their camping cut-off. Like wearing white, it’s not something to do after Labor Day. Hopefully, this isn’t you because camping in the fall beats summer camping any day of the week hands down. Consider the pro’s:
1. The campgrounds are deserted and deserted campgrounds equals QUIET.
2. Sweat doesn’t drip from every orifice while lying in your sleeping bag.
3. You can sleep soundly at night knowing that ticks aren’t burrowing into your scalp to suck your blood.
4. That itch on your ankle is just your imagination, not the birth of your next stint with poison ivy.
5. You don't wake the next morning erupting in mosquito bites from the ones you weren't able to swat.
6. Shorter days + longer nights = more time by the campfire.
7. The nosiest birds have migrated south and thus, you can actually sleep past 4:00 a.m.
8. The squirrels are too busy with nest-construction and maintenance projects and gathering nuts for the winter to be obnoxious.
9. Leafless trees in the woods provide greater opportunities to spot wild life.
If you haven't ruled out camping past Labor Day, consider my top nine faves such as the Alite Mayfly chair for relaxing around the campfire, the GSI Commuter Java Press for a quick and perfect French press, the Sierra Designs Super Stratus Jacket for keeping warm in between sleeping bags and campfires, the Dakine Hex Crew and Hex Pant baselayers and the Sierra Designs Flash 4 tent for fast and reliable shelter.