Fall is the perfect and prettiest time to be outdoors! Here are our top essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn.

Autumn is the perfect time to be outdoors. The weather is on the cooler side, the colors are spectacular, and fall festivals and activities are in full swing. 

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family, friends, your furry friend, or alone, autumn is full of possibilities. 

Here are 5 essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn! 

Layers 

Whether you’re hiking, camping, or going for an open water kayaking adventure, layering your clothing is essential in autumn. The weather can change at the drop of a hat, with temperatures varying from 35 degrees in the morning to 75 degrees by the afternoon. 

Take items of clothing that are lightweight, waterproof, windproof, and that insulate your body heat. This will allow you to adjust your layers based on the weather and the activity that you’re doing. 

But most importantly, you’ll be able to stay dry and warm!

Protection Gear 

Make sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, and wear your sunglasses when you’re spending a few hours outdoors. This will help to limit your exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays, which can lead to sunburn even in cooler weather. Depending on the activity and time of day, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours.

If you’re going to be hiking trails, take a GPS device and personal locator beacon with you. Not only can this help you find your way back to camp, but the personal locator beacon can alert emergency services if you need help while in the backcountry. 

A personal locator beacon will work even in remote areas where you may not have cell phone coverage. 

Fishing Gear 

Autumn is one of the best seasons for fishing, because the cool water temperatures lead to fish biting as they feed before winter. 

If you’re hiking or camping, this would be the perfect opportunity to either catch your own dinner or teach the kids how to fish. Pack your best freshwater spinning reels to lure in largemouth bass, walleye, pike, trout, and other popular catches. 

After a day of catching fish, you can relax around a crackling campfire surrounded by your loved ones. If you happen to be going coastal instead of inland, you can take your best fly reel and do some saltwater fishing. 

A Multi-Tool 

If you’re going to be going on a day hike or a long multi-day trek, you should take a multi-tool with you. You never know when you may need to fix something, and you’ll be happy to have it with you should a situation arise.

You may have to cut through some tangled fishing line, use the pliers to fix a jacket zipper that’s stuck, or open cans and bottles. Whatever the situation is, you’ll be prepared.

First Aid Kit 

A first-aid kit is a must-have safety item for any outdoor adventure. 

Make sure that your first aid kit contains an assortment of bandages, gauze pads, medical tape, antiseptic wipes, and antihistamines for allergic reactions. You’ll also want to include tweezers, bug spray, and an insect sting treatment. 

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Pet Supplies 

Pack a separate first aid kit if you’re taking your dog with you outdoors. Stock your pet’s first aid kit with similar items to your human kit and don’t forget your pet insurance details

Other supplies you should pack for your pooch include a comfy travel bed and blanket, dog booties (to keep their feet safe from hazards and warm in cooler weather), their food, some treats, and their harness and leash. 

Don’t get complacent and let your dog off-leash when other people are around, or if they spook easily or get overly excited in open spaces. Keep them leashed and safe! 

Also, do some research on keeping your pet safe on adventures. Consider using a platform like FirstVet to get advice on-the-go if you need. Make sure they always have enough water even in cooler weather and don’t be afraid to call the vet if you’re worried. 

Enjoy Every Autumn Moment 

Whether you’re out in the great outdoors alone, with loved ones, or with your dog, don’t forget to be grateful for the beautiful weather and amazing nature surrounding you! Autumn only comes once a year, so make the most of it while it’s around. Enjoy!