7 Camping Hacks You Need This Fall

As temperatures drop and leaves change colors, the allure of the great outdoors beckons camping enthusiasts to make the trip to their favorite site and pitch a tent under the stars. If you’re one of them, take advantage of the irresistibly crisp fall air with the following camping hacks.

Shed some light.

Sure, flashlights and headlamps are a great way to go, but there are many ways to create the perfect ambiance for your campsite. Battery or LED powered lanterns, Christmas lights or string lights are perfect for areas that have plenty of trees. You can also put smaller Christmas lights in a mason jar to light the tent or use several jars to illuminate a path or designated area. Another way you can brighten up your campsite is glow sticks – they are easy to use, portable and inexpensive.

Soup up your s’mores.

Everyone loves the classic graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate s’more, but there are a million other mouthwatering combinations you need to try. Swap out your graham crackers for chocolate chip cookies or Oreos, or bring a variety of chocolate candy bars like Reese’s, Snickers or Twix to put in place of the classic Hershey bar.

Stay warm.

No one wants to step away from a blazing campfire and climb into a cold sleeping bag. Fill up a re-useable water bottle with hot water and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you want to go to sleep to make sure your bed for the night is warm and cozy.

Get some fire power.

Hand sanitizer is great for a quick pre-camp dinner cleanup, but did you know it’s also an excellent fire starter? Simply pour a little over your firewood before lighting. To get your fire roaring faster, you can also save lint from your dryer to use along with your kindling.

Ditch the pillow.

Leave your pillow at home and stuff a sleeping bag case with clothes to create a comfy place to rest your head.

Keep it cool.

In addition to bags of ice, put a few frozen water bottles in your cooler to keep the rest of your beverages and food cold longer.

Fuel up.

There’s nothing worse than setting up camp on an empty stomach. Grab a hearty meal on the way to the campsite to make sure you’re fueled up for a great trip.

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurants are located near some of the best camping areas in the country, and with our famous chicken, strips and variety of sides, we’re the perfect stop on the way to and from your next adventure. Find a Lee’s near your favorite campground.

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