Camping in the winter can be an exhilarating experience, something everyone should do at least once. Alongside the fun and excitement, is the bitter cold temperatures and tough climate changes that Winter brings. Here are some tips to follow when considering a camping trip during the Winter.
You want to have a four-season tent with strong, heavy poles. The most important thing to consider when deciding on shelter for a winter camping trip, is a tent that can withstand wind, rain, hail and even snow. Don’t skimp out on this, buy the best money can buy. You will be glad you splurged!
You also might want to tie a tarp between trees near your tent to keep some of the strong winds away from your shelter. Make sure the tent has a roof and floor built for keeping snow out, and warmth in. Get a tent big enough for all your gear as well, just in case you get snowed in.
Bring your best winter clothing, and bring extras! Wear layers, like long underwear underneath your clothes, and materials that help keep the warmth in. Bring a jacket with a hood and that has a liner to resist wind and rain. Bring several hats, as your head is what will keep your body hot or cold. Something that covers your ears and neck is a big plus when choosing a winter hat. Make sure you bring a lot of extra warm socks, and change them immediately after getting wet. This is essential! Get water-proof boots as well.
Food and Water
To stay comfortable while camping in the winter, food and water is an absolute must! You want to consume around 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day, with a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats to keep your energy levels high. Drink at least a gallon of water a day, even when you aren’t thirsty. If you think you have enough food and water, bring more. As much as you can.
Your sleeping bags should be temperature rated, since your body’s temperature drops dramatically in the early morning hours. Place an air mattress or foam pad underneath the sleeping bag so your bag doesn’t touch the icy ground of the tent. Bring extra bedding in case some of it gets wet, you need to stay dry!
Setting Up Camp
Prepare ahead of time, and know the area you will be camping in. Choose your spot wisely before setting up camp. Find a spot away from the wind direction. Pack down the snow before placing your tent on the ground, and make sure your tent poles are sturdy and secure before you settle in for the night. One strong wind can knock a tent down, and you don’t want this happening in the middle of a snowstorm.
Sunscreen is essential! Even in the cold, your skin can get severely damaged by strong, icy winds. Use sunscreen frequently and vigorously over any skin that is revealing including your face, ears, neck, hands and any other part.
Don’t forget all of the camping essentials, no matter the season of your camping trip. You want to bring plenty of bottled water, packaged food, flashlights and batteries, a radio with batteries, first aid supplies, cell phone and cooking supplies.