Chasing the Light
Fall is a time of loss. Trees lose their leaves. Days lose the light. The temperature drops. Our energy often mimics the season, diminishing as winter approaches. Simultaneously social calendars tend to increase after Thanksgiving. The combination can lead to a disconnect from the natural light that is responsible to giving us the very energy we need to thrive during the holiday season.
As our lives become busier and our days truncate, chasing the light becomes ever more important. Stepping away from the blue light of our screens to immerse ourselves in the glow from the sun rejuvenates not just the body but replenishes the light that is within all of us. In this season of loss, don't let your inner light diminish. Carve out time for yourself and those you love to be in the light together.
A quality jacket, good friends and a campfire make all the difference for staying warm on your winter adventures. The coziness you feel by your fireplace is just as accessible under the stars with the right layers. Hot cocoa cooked on a campfire tastes even better cooked on a camp stove served in an enamel mug that warms your hands as you savor the chocolatey goodness. Quality gear empowers us to create comfort outdoors in any season, especially if you are lucky enough to call North Carolina home.
Below is a packing list of things we recommend for fall/winter camping and a list of nearby fun places to camp with your family and friends. TB&C has an extensive rental program and apply half the cost of your rental toward the purchase of a brand new version of the product!
Favorite Local Camping Spots Within 45 Minutes of Carrboro, N.C.
Winter Camping Packing List
insulated jacket (Arc'teryx Atom pictured above is a great choice for every adventure)
fleece jacket or wool sweater
synthetic or softshell quickdry pants
Base Layer (synthetic or wool)
heavy weight bottoms (opt)
heavy weight top (opt)
long sleeve T-shirt
wool or fleece hat
neck gaiter - we love Buffs! (opt)
mid-weight wool or fleece gloves
heavy weight wool or fleece mittens (opt)
synthetic liner gloves (opt)
closed-toe, supportive hiking shoes
down or synthetic sleeping bag (-20° to 20°F) - available to rent at TB&C
inflatable sleeping pad OR closed-cell foam sleeping pad - available to rent at TB&C
eating utensils, bowl, and insulated mug
headlamp/flashlight w/extra batteries and bulb
pocket knife or multitool
personal first-aid kit with personal medications
sunscreen (SPF 15+)
lip balm (SPF 15+)
toilet paper and trowel
camp chair (opt)
Thanks to Jake Axelbank for sharing photos of his winter adventures in N.C.
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