You might be wondering why on earth would people go camping during the winter. While summer sights are really breathtaking, there is some scenery that looks even more special during the winter and that makes a winter trip worth all the trouble.
A Realistic Destination
The first thing that you have to make is to choose a realistic destination. For this you should check the weather forecast for the region that you have in mind. If you don’t like cold weather, don’t like sleeping in the snow, and if you don’t like extreme weather conditions, it might be a better idea to choose destination with a more moderate climate.
For sure you don’t want to be cold during the entire trip. There are some items that are a must for you to have, such as warm boots, wool socks, a warm jacket and thermal underwear. Also don’t forget about gloves. Make sure that you dress in layers so that it will be easier for you to regulate your body temperature. Pack according to the climate; if it is dry, you could also bring down garments, but this is not an option in wet climates.
Essential Winter Camping Gear
In order to make sure that you will enjoy your trip, you should bring all the equipment that you will need. Choose a sleeping bag that is warm enough for your destination. A down air mattress or a foam pad may also make a difference. If the temperature is very low, it is a must to get a 4 season tent. In case of snow camping you should bring a stove to melt some snow and make sure that you have extra fuel for the stove.
Winterizing Your Camper or RV
In case you are going camping with an RV or a camper, you should know that the biggest problem is that the water lines may freeze. It is important to read about this matter in the manual of the camper. It is a good idea to start the heater even before you hit the road. Another useful tip is to ask a professional about this matter.
Warming Your Sleeping Bag
It may take some time for the sleeping bag to warm up, so you should warm it up a bit before you go to bed. This way it will be easier for you to go to sleep and you can be sure that you won’t be cold. Boil some water and put it in a container. Use the container to warm the sleeping bag. It is a must to make sure that the container is properly sealed, otherwise the whole thing could become a total disaster and you may do more harm than good.
Use these tips to make sure that you are comfortable during your trip and to ensure that you will be willing to go another trip as well sometime in the future. Share these tips with the people you are camping as well to get them prepared.