When the weather cools down and it starts to snow, many people assume that camping season is over. While it may be true that you probably can’t enjoy an evening around the campfire in shorts and a t-shirt, there is no reason why you can’t still go camping during the winter.
Keep reading to learn some simple tips to make cold weather camping enjoyable.
Simple Tips for Cold Weather Camping
Even if the weather is cold and there is snow on the ground, you can still enjoy a weekend camping trip. In order to enjoy cold weather camping, however, you need to make some special preparations. The tips below will help you to make the most of your winter camping trips.
1. Plan smart and plan ahead. Camping during the winter presents some unique challenges so it becomes even more important that you plan ahead. Never go camping alone during the winter and choose a location that offers plenty of shelter, should you need it. You should also check the weather forecast to make sure that the weather won’t be too inhospitable for your trip.
2. Create an itinerary and leave it with someone. Even if you are a highly experienced outdoorsman, accidents can still happen so you want to know that if anything happens to you, someone will come looking. Plan your camping trip in as much detail as you can and leave your itinerary with a friend you can trust with instructions for what to do if they don’t hear from you within a certain time frame.
3. Be prepared with winter-ready camping gear. Make sure that your tent is winter-friendly and be mindful of where you make camp – take advantage of natural windbreaks. You should also be smart about bringing a sleeping pad that will protect you from the cold ground and reflect your own body heat back at you. Keep in mind that you may also need additional tools such as a hammer to drive your tent stakes into frozen ground.
4. Wear plenty of layers. When you are camping in the winter you need to walk the fine line between wearing enough clothing to keep you warm and so much clothing that it makes you sweat. The best solution is to wear light layers so you can add or remove pieces as needed. Your base layer should be made of moisture-wicking fabric, your middle of insulating fabric, and your outer layer of waterproof but breathable fabric
5. Invest in some good hiking boots. Nothing is worse than wet, cold feet when you are out in the wilderness. It is well worth it to spend a little extra on some high-quality hiking boots that will keep your feet warm and dry.
By following the tips above you can enjoy a lovely camping trip, even in winter weather. You no longer have to pack up your tent and put it into storage as soon as the first snow falls – keep enjoying the great outdoors all year round!