Agustina Bluthgen  /   12/15/2021

Winter Camping: How To Enjoy The Outdoors Year-Round

Winter camping is a one-of-a-kind experience. Things such as the cold, snow, wetness, mud as inconveniences, but don’t let that stop you! There are a lot of benefits to winter camping. Think about the beauty and peacefulness of a pristine winter wonderland. Not to mention, less crowded places and spots, fewer bugs, and pests. Winter camping can be challenging if you are not well prepared. 

Here are our top 10 tips to overcome challenges and make your winter wonderland dreams come true!

1. Plan to arrive at your campsite as early as possible

Consider sunset hours and the time it takes you to set up your tent. 

2. Size matters!

When choosing your tent and sleeping bag, pay careful attention to the right size. They are a very important part of the insulation process. So, to trap your warmth better, the smaller the better.

3. Layers, layers, and more layers

During winter camping you will have to add a little extra insulation from the cold ground. Don’t underestimate how much heat is lost through the ground. Make sure that what you place underneath your sleeping bag is enough to keep your heat. You can think about blowing up mattresses, rugs, and blankets.

4. Top layers are also important 

Depending on the thickness of your sleeping bag, you will need some extra layers. Think about the different ones you will need for the day: for sleeping, sitting down for meals, games, etc.

5. Take care of your sleeping bag

Remember to shake it before you use it to make sure it’s lofty and full of air, to achieve the greatest insulation. If it’s a light one, do it from the bottom end to make the filling accumulate in the upper sections where the insulation is most needed. 

Don’t fill your sleeping bag with too many belongings, so it doesn’t lessen the effect of the insulation. Also, remember to not tuck your head inside it. Having your mouth and nose in the open air will keep your sleeping bag free of condensation from the moisture in your breath.

6. Vent your tent

During winter camping, condensation may get your tent wet. Try to ventilate it overnight, even though it may get a little cooler.

7. Keep your shoes inside

You don’t want to lose all your warmth in the morning by putting on cold, damp shoes. Leaving them inside your tent will keep them a few degrees warmer. Try not to constrict blood flow with your boots. Ensure they aren’t too tight or with a thicker layer of socks than what you might need. Consider the same with your hands and gloves.

8.  When packing, be careful of cotton

When it gets wet, it loses its insulating qualities. Try to get wool or synthetic materials instead.

9. Be ready for snow

If you are planning to visit a place where snow is a possibility, pack accordingly. Consider taking a shovel, or any other item that could be used for grip pads. If you are traveling in a big car or van, consider investing in snow chains.

10. Pay special attention to your body

Be mindful of the signals it gives you and fix any aches and pains as soon as possible. Plan your meals to eat enough and high-quality foods. If you are feeling cold, try eating! Before going to bed, have a little snack to keep your metabolism going. Also try to exercise a bit before bed, make sure you are warm when you get into your sleeping bag.

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