Friends Camping In Winter

WAYS TO ENJOY COLD WEATHER CAMPING AND BEAT THE COLD

Cold weather camping can be just as fun as your summer outings. Wintertime gives the great outdoors a different kind of glow that’s just too good to pass up. To maximise your experience, you must keep in mind these five reminders that will help keep you warm.

BRING APPROPRIATE GEAR AND EQUIPMENT

For cold-weather camping, you should opt for a tent that’s just big enough for everyone. A large tent is ideal for the summer. However, when the nights are cold, a smaller tent will be cozier and warmer.

Once you’ve pitched your tent, place foam mats on the floor to provide some insulation. This will serve as a barrier between you and the ground. Also, leave your air mattress at home. For winter camping, it’s better to sleep on a foam mattress as it provides better insulation. You can also use a sleeping bag. If it isn’t suited for cold weather camping, be sure to add a flannel or wool liner. Add multiple layers of wool blankets or down doonas to help keep you warm.

Even though it might be cold outside, slightly unzip your tent to allow air to enter. This will prevent condensation, so you won’t wake up to see that everything in your tent is damp.

DRESS IN LAYERS

The more layers you have on, the easier it will be to stay warm. Consider wearing at least three layers. For the base layer, wear thermal underwear to provide your body with some warmth. The middle layer should be clothes that are thick to provide insulation. Avoid putting on clothes that are made of polyester or cotton. For the outer layer, choose pants and jackets that are waterproof to protect you from the wind and rain. Bring scarves, gloves and socks for added warmth.

SET UP A PROPER CAMPFIRE

Upon arriving at your campsite, one of the first things you must do is to set up a campfire. For your safety, make sure that the campfire is some distance away from your tent. This will prevent smoke from entering your tent and flying embers from starting fires. Bring a lighter, torch flame or flint as matches don’t work if they become damp.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT CAMPSITE

In cooler weather, it’s best to take advantage of any sunlight you can get. Your tent should face the sun to provide some warmth when you wake up in the morning. If there’s a lot of wind, consider setting up a wind barrier.

EAT A LOT OF FOOD

Does this sound easy enough? Well, actually, you’ll need to put some thought into the food that you bring along on your camping trip. You should consume high-energy food and snacks so that your body has enough fuel to keep warm. If you wake up at night from the cold, don’t hesitate to have a midnight snack.

It’s also important to stay hydrated. I always drink a lot of hot beverages to help me stay warm but I try to avoid consuming too much liquid before going to bed. Camping in winter can be a lot of fun as long as you stay warm.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.