Winter camping is as satisfying as any other time of the year for those who enjoy the outdoors. You just need to be aware of what time of year it is. And know what you need to make camping or free camping in winter a comfortable, fun and enjoyable experience.
1. Use A Tent Suitable For The Winter
Depending on the climate of the area where you are going to be camping in winter and how many people are going to be there, you should choose an appropriate tent. It is absurd to think about how to heat a family tent if you are camping alone. Nor is it necessary to cram into a small space for warmth. Opt for a tent with the right number of seats.
Remember that in an igloo it is much easier to maintain a good temperature than in a high tent. And it is important that it is waterproof and can withstand the harsh winter weather. You can choose a model with double zipper or separate entrance if necessary.
2. Dress for Winter Camping
Both your clothing and sleeping bag should be adequate to protect you from the cold. Try to bring enough clothes to be able to change out of your sweats; wearing wet clothes in winter is like calling out for a cold.
Pay special attention to socks and footwear. Warm, dry feet make it easier to maintain proper body temperature. If you fail to warm your feet, it will be difficult to avoid feeling cold. Use quick-drying socks whenever possible.
3. Orient your tent well
Make sure it is protected from the wind and, if necessary, use an additional windbreaker. In the case of winter camping, make sure that the door of your tent is facing the area where you are going to cook and that it is protected from the wind. When camping it is also a good practice, if possible, to be located near the toilets and the light tower, to spend the least amount of time outdoors at any given time.
4. Learn Tricks To Raise Your Body Temperature
There are simple ways to slightly raise your body temperature when camping in winter. It won’t be effective for an entire night, but it will help at specific times. For example, add clothes to your sleeping bag to make it warmer. Or have a hot drink such as a broth before going to bed. And even rub your feet and hands well with a warm sports ointment before getting into your sleeping bag.
5. Gear Up For Winter Camping
Whether you decide to go camping in winter or free camping, at this time of year you need to provide yourself with the right equipment. You will need to carry a waterproof cover for your backpack if you are going trekking or other outdoor sports. It is also a good idea to carry a shovel for snow removal.
Remember that carrying charged batteries is especially important in winter because they discharge more quickly in the cold. It is also a good idea to carry a spare flashlight that does not require batteries.
6. Hydrate yourself and eat properly.
Good hydration is necessary for the practice of any outdoor sport. But when the cold is intense, it is not a good idea to drink water or cold isotonic drinks. Carrying a good thermos with hot broth is a great decision. So is including soups in campfire lunches and dinners, if possible. And drink water, of course, but make sure it is not too cold.
As for food, it is a good time to enjoy it hot. If you have decided to go camping in winter, do not forget the camping gas to prepare or heat comforting dishes such as cooked vegetables. If you are going to be on the road during the day or do free camping, this will be more complicated. Eat energy foods such as energy bars, nuts or dark chocolate.
7. Ventilate your tent well
This will prevent moisture from condensing inside your tent. Whenever possible, have an alternative place to leave wet clothes to dry.
8. Always Have A Plan B
Camping in winter and doing it in such a way that the experience is a good one requires always having a plan B for every issue. For example, it is a good idea to have a map with alternative shelters such as hostels or even cottages. And think that maybe the weather will be so bad that you will find it impossible to make a fire or light the camping gas as you planned. It is true that you can do it in the tent, but it is dangerous and not recommended, so you must also have alternatives for food.
Another aspect in which it is interesting to have alternatives is in leisure time. If the weather is so adverse that your plans for sports and outdoor activities are frustrated, keep in mind how to spend that time in a fun way. If you are camping with children or teenagers this point will be even more important.
9. Be Prepared For Sleeping In The Heat
It is essential to choose a suitable sleeping bag. When camping in winter, it is best to opt for a mummy model with double insulation. It will make you feel protected and comfortable providing you with the comfort you desire. Choosing a good mattress will help you to better insulate yourself from the cold ground. This will make it easier for you to maintain the right temperature throughout the night.
10. Always be informed and located
Nowadays technology makes it possible to do this, although not always in all places, especially in the mountains. Whenever possible, keep your cell phone with coverage and geolocation. It is important that someone you trust knows where you are and where you plan to go. Before leaving for winter camping and during the camping trip, find out what the weather is going to be like both at the campsite and during the trips to the campsite.
Winter camping will be much more satisfying with these things in mind. You will enjoy it as much or more than during the rest of the year.