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Cold temperatures and shivers can be an added challenge to the already challenging and adventurous activity of camping. The winter weather conditions can make it difficult for campers and hikers to tread the path, pitch their tents, source food, etc. But, if you’re still determined to experience camping in winters, then here are some important tips for you to keep in mind.
- Hydration and Nutrition
In winters we don’t feel very thirsty but that doesn’t mean that our bodies don’t need water. Remember to stay hydrated in the winters and keep taking sips of water at regular intervals. Eating proper meals or taking snack breaks regularly to give yourself sufficient calories is also important in winter camping. Drinking plenty of water and eating regularly will help you stay warm.
Don’t try to manage your winter camping trip with just multiple layers of clothing. Purchase winter-specific, camping clothing because those are designed for camping or hiking in the cold. Invest in fleece pants, a puffy coat, waterproof jackets and pants, socks, gloves, hat, earmuffs, etc. Keeping yourself warm in the winter weather is very important, so make that a priority.
- Health and Fitness
You should be careful about getting any cold-related injuries like frostbite, hypothermia, and others. It’s very important to keep yourself dry and warm in the winter weather. At any point of time if your feet or any other body part gets wet, change your clothes and get yourself warm immediately. So always make sure that you are carrying an extra pair of each of your clothing.
- Camping Gear
For winter camping and hiking, you will need extremely sturdy and durable gear. Ensure that your tents are sturdy enough to withstand the winter winds and temperatures, carry warm sleeping bags, two sleeping pads and most importantly, a stove which is suitable for cold weather conditions. Don’t forget to shop for the usual camping essentials which would include a tough UK pocket knife, ropes, tarps, flashlight, maps, compass etc.
Remember that in winters gadgets lose battery very quickly so you might want to keep them warm and cozy. It would be best to keep them packed in your backpack until you need them. Take them out to use them, try to keep them warm and cozy while using them and then pack them away when you’re done.
It’s important to choose the right camping site for your winter camping adventures. You should avoid camping sites that are located at the bottom of the hills because of the formation of cold- air troughs and also the top of the hills because of the cold wind. If possible, choose a site which is flat and if there’s snow, you can suppress it by walking on it. Remember that snow which is packed will insulate heat better than snow which is left loose.
- Pee Bottle
Cold temperatures can cause you to pee more often than usual and it can also be very difficult to be able to pee out in the open during winters. So, mark a bottle with your name and create your own pee bottle for any urination requirements at night. You can also wrap it in duct tape if you would not like your pee to be visible to other campers
Camping in winters is a great adventure and an even greater challenge. However, nothing is impossible. If you’re well prepared, ready with your gear, aware of your surroundings, dare to take on the challenge and know your do’s and don’ts, this too can be an equally fun activity.