- 1 How to prepare for winter camping
- 2 Select a location wisely
- 3 Prepare Tent Site by Packing down Snow
- 4 The Right Winter Tent
- 5 To Sleep, Use Dry and Fresh Clothes
- 6 Use a sleeping pad
- 7 Take a pee bottle
- 8 Protect your feet with multiple layers
- 9 Use snow for water
- 10 Use a Liquid-Fuel Stove
- 11 Keep hydrated and eat lots of calories
- 12 Keep food and water from freezing
How to prepare for winter camping
Although winter camping can be quite different from warm-weather camping, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. It can even be your favorite type. It’s possible to enjoy beautiful snowy landscapes without worrying about bugs or humidity.
Even the most experienced camper needs to be aware of some things and learn how to deal with winter camping. A pleasant winter camping experience is possible by bringing the right gear, properly preparing your campsite, keeping food warm, and avoiding cold injuries.
These are nine winter camping tips that will keep you warm and make your camping experience enjoyable.
Select a location wisely
The campsite’s location can make a difference in how comfortable you feel during the night. To make sleeping easier, choose a campsite that is on flat ground. Avoid high winds, which can blow your tent away or blow snow into your tent. To avoid getting your tent wet, make sure you find a site that can withstand snowfall.
My first winter camping experience was a great way to see the snow in the area. You might consider moving your tent to a different spot if the snow is rough or appears just blown in. Avoid camping in an avalanche area, which is often right next to slopes.
Prepare Tent Site by Packing down Snow
Set up your tent as you would normally, even if there’s no snow at your tent site. You will need to remove snow from your tent before you can set it up. Your body heat will cause loose snow to melt, making it uncomfortable to sleep in. To make your tent more stable, you can pack the snow down by walking around on snowshoes. To dig your tent space out of deep snow, use an avalanche shovel.
After the snow has been packed, and a flat area created, your tent can be safely erected. To reduce wind impact, you can also build a snow wall around your tent if it is windy. You can also dig through the snow to make a barrier if the snow isn’t too deep. You will still need ventilation, so make sure you don’t seal the tent completely.
The Right Winter Tent
Although it may be tempting to reuse a tent that you already have, it is worth it to purchase a winter tent or an all-season tent. The Geertop camping tent can accommodate two people. It can withstand strong winds and winter snowfalls.
When setting up your tent, make sure to place the opening on the side that faces the wind. This is a common mistake made by beginners who quickly regret it when they wake up in the morning to find that the wind is crashing in.
Ticks can be a problem if you camp in areas where winter temperatures are above freezing. They can get into your tent. You can protect yourself with Ranger Ready Insect Repellent.
To Sleep, Use Dry and Fresh Clothes
Make sure you have clean, dry clothing when you go to bed in your sleeping bag. Jeff Carter, Rockbrook Camp’s camping leader with college students and kids, advises not to wear anything you have worn throughout the day. This is important because any moisture that remains from sweating throughout the day will evaporate and make you cold.
Carter notes that it is important to change all your clothes, even your socks.
Use a sleeping pad
Brittany Haas, Alpenventures Unguided’s self-guided adventurer into the Alps, recommends that you sleep on a closed-cell foam pad and an insulated inflatable pad. It is possible to get pierced or deflate your inflatable pad, which can lead to serious injuries.
Haas recommends the Therma Rest Z-Lite as one the best closed-cell foam sleeping pads. It is lightweight and compact making it easy to transport. You can use this pad to give your feet a massage after a long day.
Take a pee bottle
You won’t hear anyone tell you that winter camping can be very disruptive to your daily life. It’s not a good idea to leave your tent when you have to go. A pee bottle is a must if there aren’t any trees or bushes near your campsite or it’s freezing outside. To make it easier for women, a pee funnel is a good idea.
My first winter camping trip was without a pee mug. I quickly regretted that decision. Although it may seem easy to say you won’t use one, it can be difficult to fall asleep with a full bladder. A portable bidet is a great option to eliminate the need for toilet paper.
Protect your feet with multiple layers
Sonny Cartright, who is a veteran camper and runs Wonderful Wellies, says, “When camping in winter, you should always have a base layer, a mid-layer, and an outer layer which should completely waterproof to protect yourself from the cold.” “Don’t neglect your feet either. Two pairs of waterproof hiking boots and thick socks are recommended for colder weather.
Cartwright advises against cotton as it absorbs moisture like sponges. Wool, which is water-resistant, is ideal for all weather conditions, should be considered. Wool is naturally warm and insulating, so you can stay warm whether you are on the trail or indoors sleeping.
Use snow for water
You can melt snow to get water if you find yourself in an emergency situation.
Haas states, “If you’re melting snow for water bring a large pot and be ready to do this almost continuously while in camp. Also, be sure to bring lots of fuel.” It may surprise you how little water you can get from a snow pot.
To purify snow water, boil it for at least 10 minutes.
Use a Liquid-Fuel Stove
Some fuels work better in winter than others. Buy a stove that is winter-ready if you don’t want it to fail.
Haas points out that white gas, which can be used in liquid-fuel stoves to heat water, is the best fuel for winter conditions. Butane and propane can lose their pressure when they are cold. She says that in order for a gas canister to work, it must have a pressure greater than the pressure outside. “A lot of times, this is not the case in winter.
To fuel your hikes, you’ll need to eat plenty of delicious camping food.
Keep hydrated and eat lots of calories
Proper nutrition and proper drinking can help you stay warm. To keep warm, it is important to have hot meals on hand. However, keep them simple. Portable foods such as salami, candy bars and cheese, which provide lots of energy, are best. Avoid eggs and vegetables, which can freeze easily.
Keep hydrated, but don’t drink too much before going to bed. You won’t feel thirsty if you are camping in the summer, but it is important that you drink water frequently to keep hydrated. Hot drinks such as tea and hot chocolate are great for staying warm and replenishing your body’s water.
Keep food and water from freezing
To make your winter camping trip a success, it is important to keep your water and food from freezing. Pack foods that will not freeze and keep you satisfied. You should always have snacks on hand in case your body heat helps them to stay thawed throughout your day. Keep snacks and water in your bag while you sleep to ensure food doesn’t freeze over night. Other food should be kept out of reach of animals in your backpack. Make sure you have enough fuel to melt the snow and provide water for your meals.