Camping is America’s favorite past time. There is nothing better than to be one with nature. Most people came during the summer months. However, some like to go out in the cooler weather to see the beautiful landscaping blanketed with snow. By doing this, you will endure completely different elements than that of the summer months. It will be cool or cold and the snow is more of a “dry” wet, meaning that you can brush it off before it soaks through your clothing. Let’s take a look at how to stay warm when winter camping.
You will most likely be on snow, so you will want to find a spot and pack it down. This allows for an even floor in the tent. Be sure you pack a tent, sleeping mat and bag that are properly rated for the temperatures that you will be facing. Most sleeping bags are made for summertime camping, since, that is what many people do.
You will want your head covered when sleeping. This can be a hat or the mummy-style bags work well too. You do not want to breathe into your bag due to excess moisture. However, you can pull the sleeping bag all the way around your head, leaving a small hole for your nose and mouth.
Bundle up for your winter camping experience!
An insulated closed cell sleeping mat is what you need to be a barrier between your body and the cold ground. This needs insulation or the cold ground will literally suck the heat right from you. You can also double this up if you’d like to get better insulation.
Insulate your tent the best you can. Put gear around the perimeter. Place a blanket over the top of the tent if possible. And, sleep with what gear you can, such as boot liners. This allows you to have warm boots in the morning. There is nothing worse than sticking your foot inside a cold boot in the morning. You should wake up fairly warm, start by keeping it that way with warmed boot liners and clothing. Remember to also put in your outer layers, such as gloves and hats. This will ensure you have warm gear in the morning but also puts a layer of insulation around you as well.
Sleep with a non-insulated water bottle that has been filled with heated water or snow. This will radiate the heat for you and it is very economical as well. Put these heated bottles near your core, inner thigh or neck, these are the areas that you need to keep warm.
Do not let yourself get too warm, as you perspire, the moisture can turn cold rather quickly, so always dress in layers. Don’t wear clothing that is too tight and might cut off circulation and get a pair of really nice thick socks to sleep in. Synthetic fabrics and wool are best over cotton for the winter weather. Cotton tends to absorb and does not wick away moisture, which is not good in cooler weather.