Going camping in the winter comes with its distinct set of pleasures, including experiencing nature while it’s transformed by snow and partaking in seasonal sports. But it also comes with its challenges.
If you are planning to camp in low temperatures, you need to prepare. Here’s how to go cold-weather camping.
Staying safe and comfortable while you camp in cold weather entails bringing along a slew of specialized supplies. First, you should get a sleeping bag that is made for temperatures a full 10°F lower than what you see in forecasts for the location you will be going; that way, you’ll be secure while you sleep. While you might lean towards a down bag, consider opting for a water-repellant or synthetic material instead, as these will not lose their insulating ability when they get wet.
As for clothes, you should layer up to adequately protect yourself from the chill. Wear wool or polyester thermal underwear that can wick away sweat for your first layer. Over this, you can put on a middle layer, such as a fleece jacket or down-insulated jacket. On the outermost layer, you should have a jacket that’s waterproof and windproof so that the strength of the snow and wind is blocked out effectively.
For your bottom half, combine thermal underwear with thick and waterproof pants. In lighter snow, regular hiking boots should be adequate for your feet. If the snow is thick, bring insulated, heavy-duty boots that will keep you warm and completely dry. Finish off with a hat and gloves.
Eating and Drinking
When you’re face-to-face with the elements, you should be smart even about how you eat and drink. Try to eat simple meals that don’t require too much preparation and clean up, which could leave you feeling colder. If you are out and about during the day, eat a lunch that you can quickly take out and munch on. Sandwiches and energy bars, for example, are good on the go. You can have your lunch without sitting down too long and losing heat.
In the cold, you should also keep yourself well-hydrated, even if you don’t feel as thirsty as you would on a hot day. Take regular drinks of water and heat up some water or tea when you are back at your campsite for extra warmth.
Perform RV Maintenance
Many winter campers use RVs to bring all their necessary supplies and provide better shelter than a tent can. An RV provides the benefit of interior heating as well. However, since it involves machinery, you need to be proactive in performing wintertime maintenance on it so that it does not break down in the freezing conditions you will put it through.
Inspect crucial parts such as the furnace and engine so that any existing issues can be identified ahead of time while they can still be fixed. Take precautions, including filling up your gas and water supplies and fully charging your batteries. This way, you won’t have to cut your camping trip short because you’ve depleted your reserves.