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Spring is here! After a brisk winter, everyone is ready to start getting outside and stretching their legs. A camping trip may be just what you need. To make the most of it, plan well. Spring weather is unpredictable, especially in the early months; nice and balmy one day, tumultuous and wet the next. Use this spring camping guide to make sure you’re prepared for any situation as you venture into the great outdoors.

Check ALL of Your Gear Before You Go

In sync with the forward turn of the clocks, it’s time to start dusting off the cobwebs from your camping gear. While searching through your outdoor essentials, remember to do these maintenance checks on your equipment.

  • Look for holes, tears or other damage. Even the highest quality gear can be damaged through long durations of storage. Holes and tears are the most common forms of breakage. Other impairments, like mold or worn patches, can also occur over time. Any kind of damage can lead to equipment malfunctioning. You don’t want your camping trip to end early from broken gear, so check it all out before you use it.
  • Make sure everything is in working order. Mechanical gear like stoves and igniters may need repair before being brought out for the new camping season. Be certain you’ve looked it all over, tested it, and done any necessary tune-ups before taking this equipment on a camping trip.
  • Check for any gear that may be out of date or missing. Some old equipment may be worn beyond repair. Some items can handle more use than others; knowing your gear’s limits and properly replacing them is imperative. Gear used past its prime is prone to breakage and malfunction. Similarly, if any items are missing, they will need to be replaced.

Pack For Warmth

Spring nights can be chilly, keep this in mind when packing for your trip. You should have a sleeping bag made for cold weather; 0-20 degrees is the ideal range. It may not get quite so cold, but it’s best to be prepared. A sleeping pad is also a must-have camping essential. Having an extra layer between you and the cold ground is a necessity, and will add a bit of comfort to your trip. A ground tarp for your tent is also a great idea; this will add another layer between your body and the thawing ground, as well as your tent and the earth — preventing unwanted tears. All-weather tents work best for springtime camping, in particular, we recommend using a canvas tent. Canvas keeps you warm while blocking wind and harsh weather. Canvas tents are also much roomier; and did we mention they’re wood stove safe to heat your space?

Pack to Keep Yourself Dry from Rain or Snow

April showers bring May flowers, and Spring brings fickle rains. Make sure to bring enough warm, waterproof clothing — dress in layers to stay comfortable in spring’s unpredictable weather. Waterproof shoes and boots are also crucial, especially if you’re planning on hiking even a short distance to your campsite. Even without incoming rains, puddles and mud are aplenty in springtime.

Where to Get Your Spring Camping Essentials

Sheridan Tent & Awning is proud to offer high-quality spring camping essentials. We’ve been crafting sturdy canvas tents since 1909, and our method is time-tested to bear the brunt of spring weather. We also have fine awnings and other high-quality camping gear available. Our full catalog offers everything you could need for your next camping trip — if you have any questions about our spring equipment, contact us today.