Below you'll find great information on camping for all the seasons.
If you plan on taking a trip soon, check out our camping supplies checklist
to help you make sure you have everything you need to make your trip very enjoyable.
Camping for the Seasons
Camping is supposed to be a relatively stress free event. In fact, surveys say over 75% of
people go camping specifically for it's stress-free environment. Good planning and a little stress
ahead of time will keep your trip fun and enjoyable, so much that you won't even think about
One key idea to keep in mind when camping is the season. Camping during either summer
or winter can be about as similar as Queens at night and Social Circle, Georgia on a Sunday
afternoon. We'll take a quick look at each season below and what things you'll want to keep in
mind when camping during either one.
For the less experienced camper, I would say that summer would be the season for you. The
annoyances are more in summer, but as tame as winter camping seems, it will sneak up on a
person much faster than summer, and can have much more lasting effects, as severe as death in
a few incidents. The biggest problem with summer camping is bugs. Bugs are everywhere. Gnats,
mesquitoes, many other small black flying things that always want to fly into your ear or right
around it and make the most annoying noise. Then they start biting, and you itch for days. I can
feel them right now even, even here in my air-conditioned office in the basement of a large
several-story building in downtown Macon. So be sure too bring enough bug-spray to keep you and
your fellow campers well-sprayed. Unfortunately, I don't know of any bug-sprays that will really
keep all bugs of of you for a long time, but whatever you use will help at least some. Besides
that, summer camping is excellent, especially near a lake or some place you can jump in and cool
off from out intense southern summers. Just keep bug spray near and drink plenty of water, and
you're assured a great time.
Since we do get such extreme summer conditions, we do at least get a return with a somewhat
mild winter most of the time. Parts of Georgia do however, get pretty extreme, I'm thinking
mostly of the north Georgia mountains. This is where winter campers really need to be careful
mostly. For those of you camping in any other area of Georgia, just be sure to take warm
clothes, along with plenty of changes in case things get wet, and you should be ok. Those
camping in the moutons should do not only this, but also consider warm sleeping bags and
tents that can take the cold and wet conditions(most tents are called a "three-season" tent, the
fourth season being winter). Be sure to take plenty of changes of clothes.
Getting wet and staying that way will mean almost certain frostbite or hypothermia, and if let
long enough, can become very severe. As long as you do this, the rest if
really all just the basics, take enough food, something to eat with/on, and whatever else you