Camping in winter has some definite plusses. Generally there’s fewer people around, so you can enjoy the space without the crowd. We all know a hot and stuffy tent in summer is hard to handle, but with cooler temperatures, that’s not going to be a feature of a winter camping trip. Mozzies and flies also stay out of your hair in the cooler weather. But that’s not to say that you’re not going to need to be ready for this type of camping trip. Before you head out on a winter camping trip, here’s how to make sure you’re prepared for it.
Tent and Sleeping Bag
With lower temperatures and possibly more rain, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your basics covered for a winter camping trip. Make sure the tent you choose has a good waterproof rating for the conditions it’s likely to see. Explore Planet Earth’s range oftents have different ratings for different conditions. Your sleeping bag needs to be up to the task in winter as well. Look for a sleeping bag that’s rated to the temperatures you’re likely to be camping in, like theComas Highlander -5 Sleeping Bag. It’s also worth considering aself-inflating sleeping mat for winter camping. The ground gets colder in winter and there’s nothing worse than being too cold to sleep.
Light and Heat
Typically, in summer you can get away without thinking about light and heat too much when camping. The sun is up longer, the days are hot and the nights never seem to cool down. It’s a different story in winter. Away from city lights it can get really dark. A headlamp and torch can help you see obstacles when walking at night, while a lamp in your tent means you can read, or just see what’s going on around you. We have a diverse range of camping lights that will make for a brighter winter camping trip.
It used to be that when you wanted heat on a camping trip, your only option was a campfire, and while campfires are great, there are now more options when it comes to staying warm. There are heaps of portable heating options out there so it’s important to carefully consider the option that will best suit your needs.
Some say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices… and in terms of camping in winter, your clothing choices are critical. We suggest taking thermals, good socks, gloves or mittens, a good warm beanie and layer up. Layers are preferred as the air between layers helps keep you warm.
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t have creature comforts. Sure you could go for a dip in a cold river in lieu of a shower, but a Gasmate portable hot water system will make your winter camping shower a lot more enjoyable.
If you love the great outdoors, don’t let the cooler weather stop you from having a great camping trip. Get the right gear and pack accordingly so that you can enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and in style.
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