A Winter Camping Guide

Doug Williams
 
 
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We all love camping, I’m sitting here in the Outdoor Revival office with some of my kit next to me as I’m hoping to get an overnighter in later this week, we’ve got some kit to review and you can’t do that stuck in an office!

If you decide to go camping this winter, which, if you can you should, there are things that you need to consider that you wouldn’t normally think of if you’re used to camping at other times of the year.

As with all tips you’ve got to use your common sense to make sure they work for you and your situation, don’t just follow blindly when you read things, ultimately they need to work for you and the only way of knowing that is to include them in your planning and preparation.

 

Talking of planning, that’s the first thing you’ve got to do properly, especially if you want your trip to go smoothly and minimize any issues that might occur.

What are your goals are for the trip? It’s much easier to plan when you know what you want to get out of the trip, is it to relax, practice skills, introduce your kids to winter camping?

When you’ve got a good idea of why you’re getting out winter camping you’ll be able to think about where you can go to accomplish your goals, then when you’re got an idea of where you can look at the details of the route, weather, etc. Even though it’s a winter camping trip, it’s not going to be much fun if there’s 6 feet of soft snow to get through, or the rivers higher than it was in the summer.

You should also be aware of all the members of your group: the level of experience of each member and how they would be able to handle hiking or camping in the cold weather. Planning a winter camping trip can be fun, and it will make the trip go more smoothly.

As far as personal equipment, there are certain things that can really help you stay warmer when the cold weather hits. You need to be aware of the right things to bring so that you can protect yourself.

 

Insulation is key, take enough layers. You want to be sure to cover every part of your body that you can. You can always take something off, but if you do not bring enough with you, then you may struggle with the cold weather.

Some fabrics work better than others in the cold of winter, Wool is a great material since it’s warm and can still insulate even if it’s damp, it retains air, trapped in the fibers. A drawback of using wool is that many people do find that it is itchy on their skin and therefore not very desirable and some people find it’s too itchy.

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