What can be more fun than camping in the winter season, and watching snowfall in a remote mountain covered in snow? But there are some tips and tricks which you should follow while camping in winter, otherwise, it may become a battle of survival. So, are you thinking what are those tips and tricks? Don’t worry! In this article, we have gathered all the tips and tricks you will need to enjoy your winter camping by researching for hours so that you can skip your time-consuming researching part. So let’s get into the winter camping tips part.
Top 13+ winter camping tips
Our camping trips are always one step ahead than everyone else. So follow step by step to have wonderful camping.
1. Check weather conditions
A few hours before starting your adventure, check the weather forecast, this way if it says the temperature is going to be extremely cold, you can change the plan and go another day, again if you still want to camp you can take enough precautions.
2. Essential gear checklist:
If you have already bought your tent, that’s great but if you have not, you should get one as soon as possible. You can check our best camping tents article, much better if you check the best extreme cold weather tents article, as here we have the review of the best 20 tents for the winter season.
Don’t forget to take grooved wind-resistant tent stakes with you, they will protect your tent from wind or breeze.
Now what you need is a double insulated, highly constructed sleeping bag. You can check our article of extreme cold weather sleeping bags review, it is a great sleeping bag for extremely cold temperature, though it is not suitable for long hikes!
If you are hiking in freezing temperature where is a possibility of snowfall, then you should take a sleeping pad with you as well. Make sure the sleeping pad is of closed-cell foam. If you have not bought your sleeping pad yet, you can check our Nemo Switchback review, it is ultra-light and a budget-friendly pad with no cons, at least we have not found any yet!
Synthetic or wool clothes:
Take synthetic or wool clothes with you and wear in layers, so that you can add or shred some easily when needed. Don’t forget to take wool socks, gloves and a cold-weather hat. Wear snowshoes or winter proof shoes.
Wear a winter-proof jacket, it will keep you warm and cozy.
You can also wear a waterproof jacket as it will keep you dry and work as a barrier against the snow.
Wear a fireproof shell, if you build a campfire to keep yourself warm or to cook.
Always remember to carry the bottle insulator with you. It will keep your water hotter for a longer period of time.
Stainless steel water bottle:
You can also carry a stainless steel water bottle as it can keep your water warm for nearly 5 to 6 hours.
3. Setting up the tent:
Finding a perfect place:
Take some time and find the right spot to camp. Always camp on bare ground and avoid any types of vegetation. Ensure that you are not camping on or below a slope that could slide.
You can camp near any trees or hills, as they will act as a natural wind block, protecting you from the wind. Don’t camp directly under trees especially under unstable and broken ones.
Check if you have a good water source nearby or not. Always try to camp near water bodies, it will help you with natural water supply for hydration.
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Find a spot where you can get enough sun heat, it will keep you warm.
Camping in snow:
If you are setting up your tent in the snow, follow the below steps if you don’t want to ruin your fun.
Loose snow can melt-down by the heat from your body and make you uncomfortable for sleeping. So, before setting up the tent, you can walk or stomp around with your snowshoes, skis, or boots.
You can also build a snow wall to protect yourself from the wind. If possible you can also build a snow shelter like a quinzhee or igloo.
You can build yourself a kitchen using the snow if you want. Use your shovel and dig out giving the snow different shapes like seats, tables, and even a storage cabinet.
4. Tips which you should follow on the camp:
Always keep your bottle upside down. As we know water freezes from top to bottom, so keeping your bottle upside down won’t freeze shut the bottle tops.
Before sleeping inside your tent, hang a candle lantern. It will keep you warm and reduce condensation. Be careful to hang it enough away from you and the ceiling so that it does not start a fire.
Rub Vaseline on your skin, mostly those areas which are exposed, like face, ears, neck, wrists, or hands. It will help against windburn and frostbite.
Keep boots inside the tent:
Always bring the boots inside the tent, as a result, they will be much warmer than keeping in outside and more comfortable to wear at day time.
Related: Oboz hiking boots.
Keep a hot water bottle near:
Fill a bottle of hard plastic with hot water and keep it near you especially close to your stomach or between your legs. It will work as a little heater and heat you up.
Eat high calories food that your body will burn to keep you warm. Keep your meal simple yet nutritious. Always drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Always keep your electronics warm:
Batteries can zap power when they are cold. So put your batteries, headlamp, cellphones, etc. in your sleeping bag or inside the jacket’s pocket when you are not using them to keep them warm.
Make a fire:
You can make a fire to keep yourself warm. Bring enough wood, fire starters, paper, and extra lighter with you. You can also dig a hole in the snow to keep your fire from collapsing when the snows melt. A fire pan can be a good alternative to this.
Related: Top 16 best wood burning stoves
We hope you have adventurous camping and enjoyed the view of the winter season. Let us know how was your journey and thanks for reading our article!