What Gear You’ll Need in Order to Stay Warm While Winter Camping

By on December 7, 2017

Winter camping is one of those activities that can prove to be incredibly relaxing, beautiful looking, and just a really nice break from everyday life. While people are quick to head out in the summer on a camping trip, they aren’t always as quick to do the same in the winter. Sure, there is the fear that it will be too cold and uncomfortable, but here’s the thing, as long as you pack the right gear – staying warm won’t be an issue.

If you’re considering a winter camping trip, here are the items you’ll need that will keep you warm and cosy even if the weather is less than ideal.

Insulation – Clothing Layers

When it comes to camping in the winter, the key to staying warm is wearing layers. Insulation will help to keep your body temperature regulated. While you are hiking and trekking through the woods, you’ll be able to get away with fewer layers. Once you stop moving, it’s time to put on a couple of extra layers to insulate your body and keep the heat in.

The goal is to avoid getting to the point where you feel cold. You want to keep all your body heat in so you’re not trying to replace it. Clothing essentials include a warm hat, gloves/mitts, insulated waterproof snowpants, an insulated vest, an insulated jacket, warms sweaters, and thermal socks.

Stay Warm While Winter Camping

A Sleep Sack

Instead of bringing the typical sleeping bag for winter camping, you may want to consider a Selk Bag instead. UK retailers of the Selk bag, such as Planet Camping, offer a range of these Selk bags, some specific to colder climates around -9 degrees, some more aimed at slightly warmer temperatures. For this reason, it’s imperative to know what environment you’ll be camping in before buying a Selk bag, in order to buy one for an appropriate temperature.

Where the Selk bag differs from a sleeping bag is that it’s a bag suit, so it fits on you like a snowsuit. There are removable zipped booties so you can take your shoes/boots off, it fits snug to your body, it can be worn outdoors, is lightweight, has a thermal collar, and allows for complete mobility while you sleep.

Waterproof Hiking Backpack

You will want to be sure you get a high-quality waterproof hiking pack, as this will keep all your essentials dry. Wet clothing certainly won’t do much in terms of keeping you warm.

Sleeping Pad or Air Mattress

It’s also a good idea to pack a sleeping pad or inflatable mattress so that you won’t be right on the cold ground. It could be covered in snow and ice, which means you’ll lose all your body heat. Some of these pads even have insulation in them, and are waterproof, making them perfect for winter.

A Winter Ready Tent

The final tip is to make sure your tent is winter appropriate. It needs to be able to block the cold, wind, rain, snow, and ice so that you will stay warm and comfortable inside. What this means is that they typically need to be a bit more durable than the summer camping models.

The Right Gear Ensures a Great Trip

By packing the right gear and being prepared for a variety of weather conditions, you’re sure to have a fabulous camping trip.

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