Favorite Fall Activity: Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials

Whenever you go camping, you never know what the weather will be like. This in-between time, after summer and before winter, means it may be hot and dry one day, and cold and rainy – even snowy – the next.

You need to prepare for whatever the weather and conditions are by ensuring you have the right clothing and footwear. Packing the right boots, jackets, and other gear will make all the difference in enjoying a cozy and comfortable camping adventure or being miserable because you did not bring the proper wardrobe.

Boots and Shoes

Probably one of the most important items you need to pack is proper footwear. You will need some sturdy shoes that are suitable for the woods and hiking. You will need a pair of quality boots that will keep your feet warm and dry should the weather turn bad.

One good choice is the Sorel Ankeny Elk Stout boot for men. This footwear offers not only great protection when the weather turns cold, but it also looks great, too. The textile mesh lining will keep your feet dry and warm, while the removable molded EVA insert gives you terrific heel and arch support.

A practical yet stylish woman’s boot for camping is the b.o.c Women’s Saturn, with faux leather uppers and a plaid collar around the top. There is a rubber outsole, and the heel is about 1½ inches.

Some women prefer a mid-height boot. If you are one of them, try the b.o.c. Women’s Cybele that has chic straps and buckles, with a side zipper, that make them very easy to put on and take off. They are lightweight, too, and have a padded insole.

Hats for Outdoor Activites


If you want to stay warm, you need a hat. According to the U.S. Army field manual, you lose 40-45% of your body’s heat through your head. This makes bringing a hat along critical when you go on a camping trip. Hats also protect you from getting sunburn on your face or head.

Hats are small and easy to pack, so there is no reason why you can’t bring several with you on your trip. A ball cap is great for keeping you from getting sunburn.

When it is overcast and cold, an easy and stylish way to keep your head warm is wearing a beanie. For example, for women, the North Face Denali Thermal Beanie is a great fashion addition for camping or any cold fall day. It is lightweight and comes in pink, gray, white, or black. Reasonably priced, you can pick up a couple so that, no matter what you wear, your beanie will match it.


Make sure that you bring a couple of pairs of gloves with you when you go camping. If it is late fall or you know that an early snow is possible, ensure you have a pair of warm, lined mittens that will keep your whole hand warm. You might want to consider something that is also waterproof.

For less harsh camping climate extremes, pack a pair of insulated suede or leather gloves. Remember, you will be camping, and you will need something that offers good protection to your hands while at the same time keeps them warm.

Fall Jackets

Sweaters and Jackets

Sweaters are very practical items to pack for any camping trip. Even in the summer, the weather can turn chilly at night. In the fall, on a nice day, a sweater will keep you warm but not encumber you while walking the trails.

You will need at least two jackets: one lightweight and one substantially heavier. During the day, you can layer your clothing, maybe a sweater and jacket, or even a hunting vest and jacket.

You need the heavier jacket for the brisker night air or for that frosty morning.

Rain Gear

Rain is part of camping. Be prepared by storing a poncho and or slicker, along with the rest of your camping gear.

Bring along a rain jacket, too, and make sure it has features such as a stow-away hood, adjustable cuffs, and drawcords to keep it snug if the wind is blowing.

Many are light enough that they can be folded when not in use.

Final Thoughts

While you may not scrimp on food or hiking gear, don’t make the mistake of forgetting to pack the right clothing. You never know when an extra pair of boots, a rain parka, a sweater, or gloves will come in handy.



By:  Tiffini Taylor

Accessorizing is the best compliment to give you a finished look. When accessorizing, do not over do it. When most people think of accessories its jewelry. It isn’t only jewelry, accessorizing includes hosiery, colored tights, purses, bags, and hats.  In the past few years colored tights have come back into fashion with a bang, purses are from big too little, bags have become everything from backpacks to weekender totes, and hats are even popular again. Wearing lady like gloves have even become a popular accessorize again. The process of accessorizing an outfit is a great way to boost your confidence and make your personality shine. There is a way to accessorize to help accent your entire outfit including your shoes. At HouserShoes.com there are plenty of items to choose to accessorize your best outfits.

When you get ready for an event or special occasion, how you accessorize can say a lot about who you are. If you over accessorize you, some people may feel like you have a cluttered look, this is not a big problem to change, this is an easy fix.  Before you go out the door take one piece of jewelry off, you may have heard this before, but it is very true and helps to edit an over accessorized outfit. Another way to fix an over accessorized outfit is to edit it early, before you need to get dressed, take time a little before and try the outfit on , then study yourself in the mirror and began to edit your look. Once this editing is accomplished take the outfit off and put it all together as a finished look, this way you will save the time by having the outfit together and makes getting ready for that  special event easier. Always edit an outfit from head to toe.

Finding the right outfit is not difficult; finding the right shoe for that particular outfit is not difficult.  This is a great time in fashion to find great shoes in many colors. This is also a great time in fashion to find the perfect pair of black or brown shoe that is basic for everyday. The best way to accessorize any outfit is with a wonderful pair of shoes. A beautiful pair of black or brown ankle boot paired with colored tights, a jean skirt and a checkered blouse and a solid cardigan is a great, fashionable outfit for autumn.  For an evening look, no lady can go wrong with a little black dress. This year change up your look with a colorful shoe or try fishnets with your little black dress. Never pair fishnets and colorful shoes, unless it is a costume for a play or musical,  if both are paired together , it can be an awful fashion mistake.

Another great way to accessorize is finding the right purse or bag. For students, there are great and colorful backpacks to choose from. Backpack brands to look for include Jansport and Bagallini. Purse brands that are great with different outfits include, Anuschka Abstract, Ameribag and Bagallini. The most important accessory to remember is to be you. Keep it simple and have fun!