Adventure knows no bounds and, likewise, camping knows no season either. You can still enjoy the wilderness in the colder months of the year, but it does require some extra planning and careful attention when you’re purchasing and packing your camping gear. Being properly prepared is the most important thing in any outdoor pursuit where an element of risk is involved, but when you’re thinking about camping in the colder months of the year, careful attention to safety is vital.
Camping in the winter can be a lot of fun. The season brings a lot of new challenges, a different landscape to serve as the backdrop for your journey and, let’s face it, staying indoors for three months of the year seems like a horrible alternative! Follow a few of these tips to enjoying your camping trip during winter.
Buy the right kind of sleeping bag
Look for a sleeping bag with a high comfort rating and consider one made with down or goose feather filling. If you’re worried about water damage or you’re concerned about rain, remember that synthetic fill is more water resilient.
Make sure you have a high quality jacket and plenty of spare clothes with you. Changing back into clothes wet from the rain isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be extremely dangerous.
Plan your trip carefully
This means reading weather forecasts, knowing the area you’re heading into and even talking to local experts and experienced campers about what to expect. Going somewhere new unprepared can be extremely dangerous in the winter months.
Use a waterproof backpack
It’s no good having a bunch of waterproof clothing and equipment if your pack lets the rain in. Make sure you protect everything from the elements with a durable and water repellent backpack or rain-cover where you can store your possessions. Having a waterproof liner inside also protects clothing and essentials from getting wet.
Cooking meals and enjoying food when you’re out in the wilderness is easily one of the best parts of the trip! When you’re out in the colder months, you have a great excuse to eat more too. Your body will be burning more calories so it’s important that you pack extra food to help you stay warm and energised.
Take plenty of water
When you’ve got water all around you, it can be hard to remember you need to take your own to drink. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated and remember that you’ll be putting your body under more strain in adverse conditions, so pack extra water.
It’s easy to enjoy camping this winter with some preparation, planning and knowledge of the area and conditions that you’re going to be camping in before you head out. Stay in contact via cell phone and make sure people know your plans, where you’ll be and when you’ll be back. Be safe and enjoy the outdoors in any season.