Thinking of going on a camping trip in winter?
Winter is not so popular as a camping season. Well, there are several limitations along with the obvious freezing temperatures. So, does that mean you have to put your tent away? An avid adventurer can relish in everything he/she may look for during winter. Since winter is not so popular among regular campers. You can actually get the spot you crave for all for yourself.
Growing up in the open spaces of Texas, winter was the popular season to go on a camping trip. No more sweltering heat or sweating all night! I too find it the perfect season for camping in places where warmth rules. As a result, I grew habitual going camping in winter. So, if you're one of them who wishes or plans on going on a camping trip in winter, then go through the tips listed below. These tips can serve as a guideline for winter camping. Happy camping!
Preparation is always the key to a successful winter camping trip.
If you're camping out for the first time in winter, then select a scenic and protected destination that is not so far from your home or locality. In case of retreat or emergency, you may need to take a shelter. So, make sure the destination you chose for camping is near your home.
Choose a location that offers plenty of firewood. You don't wanna freeze in the cold without firewood. You may want to light a fire in case of a severe temperature drop.
Weather Forecast and Area Research
Learn of the weather forecast for 7 days if possible. Yes, you can't trust the weather. It can get rough within a short period of time. That's why you need to prepare yourself mentally for the worst case scenario. So, don't get surprised if sudden cold or windstorm strikes. Do as much research as possible about the area prior to camping. Check out its weather pattern. Inform yourself of ins and outs of the area.
It is the most integral part in winter camping. You don't wanna spend a sleepless night chattering teeth. So, you will need clothes that can keep you warm when inactive. You'll generate plenty of heat when trekking. But, it may get tougher to stay warm when you stop moving. Follow the 3 layers of clothing described below:
- The Base Layer - it concerns the groin area, basically your underwear. Choose polyester thermal underwear for this layer. Wool fabrics will also go fine. They dry quickly and evaporate perspiration. Just avoid cotton.
- The Middle Layer - this is the layer that will help your body retain heat. It is the insulating area. Breathable fleece, jacket or a goose down jacket deliver the warmth of wool without the itchiness. When choosing a jacket, prefer a lightweight and waterproof one.
- The Shell - When choosing a jacket, prefer a lightweight and waterproof one. Because this layer concerns waterproof/windproof layer. Also equip yourself with core vents and underarm vents to let out heat or excess moisture.
- Boots - your boots should be warm and waterproof. There are plenty of boots available on the market that are greatly designed for winter or mountaineering trekking. So, choose a pair of boots that is compatible with the condition.
- Hats - do you know you lose a significant portion of your bodily heat through the top of your head? So, don't forget to cover your head with a hat.
- Gloves - we can't just neglect our hands. You need to keep your digits warm. If they're not taken care of, you will find yourself stranded. So, buy polyester glove liners and gloves.
- Gaiters - they help your boots repel water or snow. In the event of deep snow, gaiters will offer warmth and shield.
- Repair kit and tools
- Extra food and extra water
- First-aid supplies
- Emergency shelter
- Extra clothing
Going on a winter camping trip is not that popular. But, it offers a unique experience and lessons on survival mechanism. If you're well-prepared, then you can make the trip enjoyable and memorable.