Though the winter may not be everyone’s favorite time of year to hit the trails and go camping, there are still some campers who will brave the cold and spend quality time in the great outdoors. However, winter camping comes with a whole new list of camping hacks ranging from where to camp, what to pack and how to stay warm.
Consider these six camping tips for improved safety and comfort during your next winter camping excursion.
Pack Extra of Everything
Though camping in the winter can come with a bunch of unexpected perks and benefits, one of the more tedious aspects that comes along with it is packing even more. Winter packing is undoubtedly a little bulkier than it would be during the warmer months, but the excess materials will come in handy. Extra socks, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, scarves and coats are a necessity to stay extra warm.
Also, we recommend packing two portable stoves just in case one stops working, which they oftentimes do when the weather gets too cold for fuel to vaporize.
When in doubt, pack extra of everything in the winter.
By wrapping fuel bottles in duct tape, you can help to prevent frostbite. The duct tape will serve as a natural insulator. The temperature of white gas (liquid fuel) can dip below freezing while remaining in liquid form when it gets cold. If it touches your skin, the fuel will evaporate instantly causing frostbite.
A solid layer of duct tape can help to prevent this. If you’re a hiker, it’s also not a bad idea to keep your water bottles insulated when you hit the trails so they don’t freeze.
Keep Your Sleeping Bag Warm
After a long, cold day outside, the last thing you’ll want is to crawl into a chilly sleeping bag. It’s not a bad idea to purchase sleeping bag warmers before your trip. That way, you can warm up your sleeping bag much faster and trap in all the heat before going to bed.
Choose the Right Batteries
Though power is limited to begin with when you’re camping, you really don’t want to risk losing the little power you have when the temperature starts dipping. Lithium batteries are more reliable than alkaline batteries in colder weather. Since alkaline batteries are made with a water-based electrolyte solution, they perform more poorly in colder weather than that of lithium batteries.
Keep Your Clothes Warm
If you’ve got room to spare in your sleeping bag, it’s not a bad idea to cuddle on up with the clothes you plan on wearing the next day. That way, you can avoid getting dressed into chilly clothes the next morning.
Avoid Sleeping on the Cold Ground
We recommend packing yoga mats to your winter camping trip. One perk of packing yoga mats is that they can double as a sleeping pad – one that insulates you from the ground a bit.