Enjoy A Winter Camping Excursion

winter campingPeople don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy camping in the great outdoors.

There are many people who actually prefer camping when it’s cold, as there are usually fewer bugs, snakes, and other wildlife to contend with.

Depending on how cold it’s actually going to get, will determine how much gear and which type of gear the winter camper will need.

A note to the adventurous: Winter camping is fun, but it’s also dangerous if the temperature drops drastically and the campers didn’t prepare correctly.  Make sure there are extra supplies in case of a snowstorm or other emergency.

The Campfire

A critical part of any winter camping excursion, the campfire will often provide just enough heat to make for an enjoyable evening. If there is snow or moisture on the ground, it could be a little more difficult to start. One of the best ways to build a campfire is to dig a fire pit.

If the ground is too hard, look for an indention in the ground. This will help keep the logs from rolling away as the fire burns down.

There are fire starter pellets or small logs that can be used to get the fire going, which is much easier than trying to rub two sticks together!

Keep the area 10 feet around the campfire free from any combustible items, and that includes your tents. One floating ash can quickly case a fire.

Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the campsite, even if it’s only going to be for a few minutes.

Warm Bedding

There are many sleeping bags that are designed to retain the body’s heat. These are a great investment, especially if winter camping is a common activity.

Make sure to check the sleeping bag thoroughly to avoid the presence of any unwanted guests before retiring for the night. [Selecting sleeping bag]

Dress in Layers

Use layered clothing to help retain body heat. There are thermal underwear available nowadays that is very thin and will help to whisk away any moisture. Use long johns, a T-shirt, a sweatshirt, and a thermal coat for the best results.

Camping Heaters

Camping heaters can be a great investment as well. Most are run off a propane bottle; however, be sure there is adequate ventilation if they are used inside a tent or camper.  Also be sure there is no chance of the heater tipping over to reduce the risk of fire.

Stay Hydrated

This is very important, as the body will need fluids to keep warm. Heat water with the campfire and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Avoid alcoholic beverages, as this will thin the blood, making the body produce less heat.

In Closing

Winter camping can be a great time, but it must be approached a little differently than warm weather camping. Make sure to include extra supplies if there is a chance of being stuck for several days due to an unexpected snow or ice storm.

Make sure someone knows where the campsite is in case of this type of emergency and it’s always best to carry a cell phone or radio.