Camping is one of the best activities to do with the whole family. It gives everyone the opportunity to get out in nature, step away from the house for a little bit, and have some good old fashioned fun. But if you choose to go camping in the fall, what do you need? Here are a few suggestions to help you have the best fall camping trip ever.

Consider Using Your RV

Tent camping might be perfect for the summer months, but it can be downright frigid at night during autumn. So if you’re one of the 11% of U.S. households with an RV, this is a great opportunity to give it one last trip for the year. This will ensure that, even if you do choose to sleep in a tent, you’ll have access to running water, heat, and a dry space if it starts to rain. Not only that, but you’ll have more secure food storage! If you really want to rough it, you’ll need to come prepared with waterproof tarps, plenty of blankets and insulated clothing, and some excellent sleeping bags. Roughing it can be fun, but it might not be best for younger children if you’re bringing your whole family along for your autumn camping trip. The RV ensures that you have a backup if anyone wants to sleep indoors or take a break from the cold!

Do Some Meal Prep Beforehand

As with any camping trip, it’s important to do some meal prep before you leave. But one of the best things about autumn camping is the ability to cook everything over the fire! With the air getting cooler, keeping the fire at your campsite going is of the utmost importance. Why not use it to cook all of your meals? If you do plan on cooking this way, prepping foil packs with individual meal servings in them is an excellent way to pack your food. If you don’t want to use foil packets for every meal, it’s also worth considering prepping the ingredients for dishes like campfire chilli, campfire mac and cheese, and any other quick meals your family likes. Just don’t forget the s’mores!

Have a Loose Plan for Each Day

While it can be nice to just sit in the woods for a few days, odds are your kids are going to want some form of activity to keep them busy. So before you leave make a loose plan of what you’re going to do each day. Maybe the first day will be dedicated to setting up the campsite the way you all want it, but a nature walk around the park you’re camping in on day two could be exciting! This is an especially great way to get kids excited about nature. Preparing a few fun facts about the local wildlife and nature in general beforehand can help keep them entertained, too. For instance, did you know that a single tree can weigh more than 50 tons? Dropping knowledge like that during your nature walk is sure to leave your kids wanting at least a little bit more.

Pack Swimming Gear

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean every day is going to be frigid. In fact, there will likely still be a few warm days while you’re camping. And even if you don’t end up getting in the water, there’s nothing stopping your from getting out on the water. While you’re out camping by a body of water, it’s worth seeing if there are any boat charters available. This may be the last opportunity you get before boating season is over, so if you’re one of the 3.75 million people who participate regularly in sailing, this is an opportunity you can’t pass up. Not only that, but you’ll likely be able to see the beautiful changing foliage while you’re out on the water.

When you want to take a fall camping trip, it’s important that you soak up every last minute of your time out in nature. With these tips and a little bit of prep, you should be well on your way to having the best fall camping trip ever.