5 Tips to Keep Winter Camping Comfortable

Camping in the winter can be quite an adventure and actually fun if you go prepared.  Getting out there in the brisk snow and enjoying the great outdoors is very possible.  Planning to camp in the winter will take a bit more effort than that of summer months.  You need to ensure that everything you have with you stays as dry as possible.  And, ensure that you have all the proper layers that you might need to combat the cold.  So, we have 5 tips to keep winter camping comfortable.

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1. The most important tip we can give you is to layer, layer, layer.  And, not so much you start to sweat, as this can cause you to become cold. But, put on layers, they are easily removed or added.  Layers should be nice and dry and tucked into one another to keep your body heat in and the cold out.

2. You will need lots of hats, gloves, and socks!  Bring extras as these are the things that tend to get wet over time.  And, wet clothing is the worst when camping in the winter. Bring something that you can set your clothing by the fire to dry on safely as well.  Getting your clothing dry is essential to staying warm while camping in the winter.

3. Stay well fed and Hydrated.  It’s easy to forget to take in that much-needed water.  When it’s not hot out you don’t think about it, but the cold dries out your body just as much.  Your body needs to stay hydrated so your skin can stay moist and protected against the cold air.

Take in lots of healthy good food.  A nice hearty meal will help your body stay warm and your mind.  When the body is trying to stay warm it burns calories fast without you really noticing.  So, make sure you have some great and amazing food you can cook over the fire.  Getting warm food is important as well, it will help feed the sole per se.

4. Protect yourself from windburn.  Yes, windburn can be just as bad on your skin as sunburn.  So, for those exposed areas, apply some petroleum jelly to the skin to help block out the wind and it adds moisture at the same time.

5. Get winter gear.  A four season tent and the appropriately rated sleeping bags and bed mats.  The gear can make all the difference in the world.  Don’t go out there with what you use on an 80-degree day and expect to enjoy yourself.  You will be very disappointed.  Ensure your sleeping bag is rated 20 degrees colder than what you expect.  This will ensure a good night sleep.  And, layer, layer, layer for bed.  Get a good bed mat or cot that will protect you from the frozen ground.  The frozen ground can certainly suck the heat right out of you.

There you have it!  There are 5 tips on camping in the winter and enjoying it.  So, load up on the clothing, get the appropriate gear, plan to eat and drink well, watch out for windburn and stay dry with more than one pair of hats, gloves, and socks.


Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of TakeMeCamping.org, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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