What to Do While Camping in the Winter

What to Do While Camping in the Winter

The cold weather does not mean you need to stow away your camping gear and wait for the warmer months. 

Camping in winter is one of the most magical adventures you can experience. There are fewer crowds, and you don’t have to worry about the bugs as much. Plus, winter camping comes with some stunning views for you to enjoy. 

If you’re planning on going camping in the cold, we have a few essential tips for you so your trip can be hassle-free.

Tips to Stay Warm 

Looking to stay warm during your camping trip? Here are a few tips to try. 

Layer Up

Staying warm should be your priority when camping in winters, and although piling up on blankets may help, the inner layers keep you warm. 

You can layer up as much as you want, but generally, layering can be divided into three categories:

  • The first and the most important is the base layer (a.k.a. underwear layer). This acts as a second skin and keeps you warm by drawing the sweat away and absorbing it, also called wicking.
  • The middle layer is the insulating layer that will retain your body heat and protect you from the cold. 
  • The third layer is the outer layer, also called the shell layer, which shields you from the rain and wind. 

Do your research and remember to layer according to the expected weather

Don’t Sleep With All Your Clothes

Even though layering is an excellent way to keep the cold out, don’t wear all your clothes when going to bed. It may keep you snug during the night, but when you wake up the following day and step out of your cozy tent into the cold air, you won’t have anything to put on to keep you warm. 

Minimize Heat Loss 

You’ll lose a lot of heat through the ground, so remember to insulate this area to prevent any warmth from escaping. 

A roll mat is a good idea, but using two pads under your sleeping pad is better. Use a closed-cell foam pad at the bottom (in contact with the ground) and an inflatable thin one on top (in contact with the sleeping bag). 

Cover Yourself Properly 

You can layer all you want, but you won’t be able to keep warm unless you keep your extremities covered. 

Cover your head, wear socks, and put on gloves to preserve body heat. 

Eat Right

Here are a few tips to remember when you’re winter camping. 

Keep It Easy

Keep your meals delicious but simple. Prep your meals before leaving for the campsite by measuring and preparing all the ingredients in small bags or containers. This will keep things easy, and you won’t be stuck washing loads of dishes in the open. 

Consume High-Calorie Foods 

Not only will you be consuming a lot of energy during your camping activities, but your body burns extra calories in response to the cold. 

Therefore, you need to prepare meals that fulfill your body’s energy requirements. 

Take Short Snack Breaks

Don’t forget to pack lots of high-calorie snacks like nuts and dry fruits to give you that burst of energy.

Try to keep snacks that you can munch on as you move, or you can finish quickly during your break. 

Stay Hydrated 

You may not feel very thirsty during your winter trekking, but keeping yourself hydrated is vital to stay at the top of your game. Dehydration will cause your core temperature to drop, leading to hypothermia

Water regulates your internal body temperature keeping you warm. 

Remember to drink warm water to help with your cold. In addition, you can hydrate using other ways like drinking herbal tea, soup, or sipping on hot chocolate. 

Store Food Correctly 

Never leave loose food lying around in your tent. Bears may have gone into hibernation, but you may have other animals to worry about depending on where you’re camping. Always store food in bags or containers. 

Sleeping Tips

You won’t be able to fully enjoy yourself if you don’t get a good night’s rest. Therefore, make sure you use these sleeping bag tips to remain well-rested throughout your camping trip. 

Hot Water Bottle 

Looking to stay extra cozy? Keep a hot water bottle handy. Heat some water and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before bed. The result? You’ll have a cozy bed waiting for you to slip in.  

Use Hand Warmers 

No hot water bottle? No problem! Instead, you can stuff your sleeping bag with a couple of hand warmers to keep your bed warm. 

However, don’t fill your sleeping bag with extra clothes. This can compress the lining, lessening the effect of insulation. 

Keep Your Head Out Of The Bag

Breathing inside your covers will cause the moisture from your breath to condense, making your bag damp and disturbing the insulation effect. Therefore keep your mouth and nose and the moisture out of your bed. 

Shake Your Bag 

Most sleeping bags trap pockets of air that create insulation, thereby keeping you warm. Give your bag a good shake to fill it with air. 

Pick The Right Size 

Buy your sleeping bag according to your size. If it’s too big, it’ll take time to warm up. But, conversely, you don’t want it to be too small, limiting your movement and making things uncomfortable. 

When Nature Calls, Go

The cold weather makes you pee so much more, and while getting out of bed when you’re all tucked in may seem like a major inconvenience, it can help you conserve energy. 

Your body needs to stay at a steady temperature which means it will keep the fluid in your bladder warm as well. However, once that fluid is discharged, your body no longer needs to heat that access fluid, conserving energy. 

Final Words- Additional Tips 

We’ve covered all the basics, but here are a few additional but vital tips to remember. 

Use Lithium Batteries : Alkaline batteries lose power faster in the cold therefore, lithium batteries are a better alternative 

Choose your shelter wisely: A smaller shelter, be it a tent, camper, or an RV, will be easier to keep warm than a larger one. 

And finally, have fun. You’re now all set to go on your winter adventure. Don’t forget to have fun and make lots of new unforgettable memories. 

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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