How to Make Winter Camping Comfortable

How to Make Winter Camping Comfortable

Most of us relate the cold weather to a cup of hot chocolate and cuddling in a warm blanket but there are a people who are high on their adventure streak and would love to go out for camping during winter. Winter can be a pretty good time for camping since you would find more space to yourself because of the fewer number of campers in comparison to the summer season.

Winter camping can be interesting and provide you with an overall great experience. However, winter camping does require a little bit more planning than the summer camping so here are a few tips on how to make your winter camping comfortable.

1. Proper Clothing

It is important during winters that you wear warm clothing while camping because you would want to maintain a constant temperature for your body. It is always better to layer up so that you could wear something breathable as the first layer of your clothing so that it would help you avoid the accumulation of sweat.
Try keeping your head, feet, and hands warm as well by wearing the right clothing. During winters, it can get really cold during the night so make sure that you carry a few additional layers of clothing in your backpack which you can use if needed.

2. Light a fire

During winter, it is important that you light the fire first and then start setting up your tent. It would keep you warm and would even let the fire build up very well by the time you finish setting up your campsite. The fire would keep you warm so it is better to have a bonfire all the time while setting up the tent. Keep everything you need to light a fire in your backpack and double check on the fire lighters before heading out since you do not want to end up frozen during the winters by camping outside.

3. Hydrate your body

During winters it is common that you would feel less thirsty, however, that does not mean that the body does not require water. So keep drinking water at regular intervals in order to keep your body hydrated. You could even go for hot beverages if you plan on making them at the campsite.While sleeping you might want to keep your body warm by snuggling in something warm along with you like a heat proof water bottle.

4. Condensation

As you sleep inside your tent, the temperature would warm up inside which would result in condensation on your tent. In order to avoid this, you can either keep the tent ventilated, which would result in lowering the temperature inside the tent. You might want to dry out your sleeping bags the next day so that you could get them ready for the next night.

The Essential Safety Kit for Camping

The Essential Safety Kit for Camping

An adventure starts with an idea, then working upon that idea to convert it into reality. But no idea could bear fruit till you are properly prepared. Same goes for camping, mentioned below are the “must have” things to have a safe and fun camping trip.

First Aid Kid

Don’t ever start your camping trip without one! You could never know what the trip entails, and the possibility of finding yourself in an dangerous environment. A minor injury sustained during your camping trip may turn into something much more serious.¬† ¬†There have been many instances of people dying from such ” minor” injuries, for want of medical care.

Navigation

A mechanical compass ( the old fashioned one!) is a must have in such a time, we have come to accept our phone’s GPS as the only source of navigation. But, there is a very high chance that you may be in parts of the woods where there’s no connection. In such a case your GPS won’t work, but not the good old compass!

Guidance

The guidance could be a light source, like the omnipresent headlamps and flashlights, preferably with long lasting batteries. Or, they could also be a map to guide you through the dense woods, as has been mentioned above, GPS is highly unreliable in such a case.

Protection from the sun

If you don’t want to come back from your trip being sunburnt, it is highly recommended that you carry some form of protection with you at all times. It may be sunglasses or the good old sunscreen. Experts recommend a minimum SPF of 15 for minimal outdoor activity, or an SPF of 30 for extensive outdoor activities.

Repellant

Let’s be very clear, it’s the woods, and it is full of things that you may not like. Carry insect repellent with you, so you don’t turn into a source of food for your tiny friends ( or not? ). We would want to come back in one piece, don’t we?

A shelter

What Bear Grylls does isn’t something that normal humans can replicate. So make sure that you carry with you a temporary shelter to stay in for the night. Building a shelter from the “surroundings” looks good only in the movies, in real life, it is a terrible idea, which may bring forth a lot of discomforts.

Water and Food

Pack up religiously on food and water, at least 2 days worth more than your planned stay. This would help you sustain any mishaps during your camping trip, straying from your path, or failing to locate your tent being some.