A cheap popup tent and a thin sleeping back obviously aren't going to cut it when the cold weather strikes. As a minimum you'll need: a compact stove and cookware, a light source, a seasonal tent, a camp bed and a sleeping bag that has been created to withstand negative temperatures. Take a look at e outdoor for a wide range of equipment.
When packing for an outdoor winter trip, your instinct will be to pack and wear lots of layers. But make sure you think carefully about the fabric of your clothing. When cotton gets wet, it loses the power to insulate and also takes a long time to dry. Instead, choose wool and synthetic materials that dry fast and help maintain body temperature.
Prepare for Condensation
When you've nestled into your sleeping bag and fall asleep feeling warm, remember that you're producing and exhaling heat. The temperature outside may be subzero, so the cold air meeting the outside of your warm tent will cause condensation. To prevent this, you can vent your tent at night. While this will be cooler, it's a better alternative to a wet sleeping bag.
Don't Neglect Hands and Feet
You don't want your hands and feet to become too cold, so take good care of them. Sometimes layering up can make matters worse. If socks or gloves are too tight, they could constrict blood flow. But on the flip side, you'll need weather proof socks and gloves to keep your extremities warm.
In addition, make sure you keep your shoes inside. In this case, shoes inside means shoes inside. If your boots became damp during the day, then they're at a risk of freezing. Keep them inside overnight and put your boot liners in your sleeping bag if possible.
Tip: to keep hands and feet dry, wear medical gloves and some form of plastic bags on feet underneath layers.
Winter camping is a great experience, as long as you're prepared. Camp in Europe, North America or Canada for a great seasonal outdoor holiday.
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Article written by Victoria S.