For some of the extreme campers out there, winter may be your favorite time of the year to tent camp. For those with less experience, but want to be adventurous and try something new, tent camping this winter may be perfect for you. There isn’t too much snow, but enough that you can get the whole experience of winter camping while still being safe and enjoying every minute of it!
Here is a list of things to consider when going tent camping in the winter:
Packing for winter camping
Packing extra clothes and packing snow: two of the most essential parts of winter camping. It’s obvious why you SHOULD pack extra clothes, but it’s easy to forget. As for packing snow, make sure you pack the snow down in the site that you’re staying at. Packing the snow down will make sure that the area you’re staying on is somewhat level, making it so you won’t step in a hole while you’re walking around your tent and tear a hole in the bottom of it.
Keep the important stuff with you in the tent
If your boots or clothes get damp during the day, keep them in the tent with you while you’re sleeping to prevent them from freezing. If they freeze, you won’t be able to use them again until they thaw out. During the day, if it’s not snowing, you can put your sleeping back inside out on the top of your tent to fully dry it out from any of the condensation your body formed the night before, same goes for clothes!
Always pack more than you think you'll need
This goes for everything: fuel, clothes, matches, water, duct tape. No matter what it is, as long as it's not taking up too much space, overpacking in this case isn't a bad thing at all. Bring extra utensils in case something happens. Pack your matches in a metal container instead of plastic, because plastic can break easily when it freezes. Use wooden utensils instead of metal ones, since the metal ones cause the temperature of whatever you're cooking to cool down quicker.
Consider other options
Although you may be excited to try tent camping in the winter, it is a good idea to go to a campground that also offers indoor options. This way, if you decide it's not for you or the elements become too much, it will be easy to move to an indoor location as long as the option is available.
Winter camping can be exciting if you properly prepare for it. Be sure to not stray too far if it's your first time camping in the winter. If you have yet to try winter camping, you should add it to your bucket list.