How Cold is Too Cold for Camping

How Cold is Too Cold for Camping

Camping is full of joy until you start feeling miserable on a cold frosty night. That’s why you should keep in mind that the temperature ranging from 30° to 40° Fahrenheit (-1° to 4° Celsius) is considered to be too cold for camping.

No doubt, tolerance level towards low temperatures varies from person to person. For example, if you live on the equator, you will start wearing additional layers of clothing once the temperature falls below 59°F (or 15°C.) But if you see people from the South, they might equip themselves with a ski jacket only when it gets snowy.

So if you want to enjoy every moment of winter camping, follow this guide from leaving your house in the travel trailer with king beds to reaching your destination.

Plan Your Winter Gear

Unlike camping in summers, the outdoor surroundings become dry and a bit harsh as the temperature drops. However, you might not feel cold during the daytime because the sun’s heat energizes your body and keeps you warm till the sunset.

But when the night casts its shadow, you will start feeling cold. So you might need extra blankets even inside your tent. Therefore, it’s not the winter season that will ruin your camping, but the gear you will carry.

Winter Clothing

First, make sure you buy the right winter clothing for your upcoming journey. Not every winter wardrobe is suitable for camping. That’s why it’s better to first check out the reviews of each winter gear and then invest your money.

While buying the winter gear, check the following features of clothing:

  • Layered clothing
  • Breathable fabric
  • Layer insulation
  • Hard-shell outer layer
  • Water-resistant (optional)

Your winter gear must be of high quality because it’s not an ordinary winter season we are talking about. 

Camping in winter might bring you surprises like snowfall and rain. Such unpredictable weather conditions might worsen your camping experience if you don’t have the right winter camping gear.

Winter Gear

It’s better to avoid sleeping on the ground or on an air mattress when you are camping during winter. Why? 

That’s because lying on the ground will allow the cold temperature to embrace you. That will affect your whole body, and when you wake up, you might have intense body pain and cramps.

Similarly, an air mattress is well suited for summer trips as it’s capable of draining the heat from your body. However, you need that heat to stay with you on a cold night. Therefore, don’t go for an air mattress but an insulated sleeping pad to spend the night.

An insulated sleeping pad preserves your body’s heat and provides you warmth in the winter season. Its insulation keeps the coldness away from you. Moreover, your body will easily relax once you lie down and rejuvenate.

Water Bottle

People tend to forget to drink water in the winter season. However, you will begin to feel weaker and dizzy if you don’t stay hydrated while camping. 

If you feel thirsty in winter, you might be too late. Therefore, opt for a good quality plastic bottle for drinking water in the daytime. 

Fill the bottle with hot water for the night and keep it inside the sleeping bag for additional warmth. That will also keep the water warm for longer.

Your water bottle must be leakproof and has enough capacity to keep you hydrated for at least a day. It’s because you never know when the intensity of the winter season freezes the freshwater supply line.

Winter Diet

While you are out there on a cold camping site, don’t forget that your body burns more than average calories to keep you warm. Therefore, eating sufficient calories during your winter trip is highly recommended.

That might include:

  • Red meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Chicken with skin

Of course, camping makes you tired. But if you keep your food and water intake healthy, you might not feel fatigued throughout your journey.


Last but not least, do your research in the planning phase. The purpose of that research should be to analyze the weather condition first. That includes not only temperature but snowfall, hail, and rainstorms in winter.

Moreover, check whether the government hasn’t imposed any restrictions on a particular camping site. For example, some municipalities might ban pop-up truck campers in different locations due to bad weather conditions.

The research part also includes saving the emergency contact numbers in the area where you are heading to set up a camp. They will notify you about any sudden closures and precautionary measures to take.

Final Words

Your outdoor voyage can become troublesome if you don’t select the right winter camping gear. Always check out the reviews of any product and decide whether you need to buy that or not. That way, you will enjoy your winter camping to your fullest.

Warwick Braith

Warwick Braith is a thrill seeker at heart. He loves getting outdoors and testing his limits in the wild. As a blogger for YapQ, Warwick provides readers with insights and tips on how to get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Whether it's hiking, camping, or simply exploring nature, Warwick knows how to make the most of it.

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