Camping and hiking during the winter season can lead you to some of the most beautiful sites. Not to mention for many the idea of camping in the snow poses as an exciting challenge and a great way to put your survivalist skills to the test. While many may be hesitant to camp with snow on the ground, with these few tips, will allow you to enjoy the beauties of cold weather camping without freezing..too much.
Winter camping is not something you can do spur of the moment, like you may be able to during the summer. Preparation is the most important part of an enjoyable trip. Spend the extra money and have the appropriate gear and clothing; it will make a huge difference. Also, research the area you are camping, what kind of services are offered, will anyone even be there during the winter if there is an emergency, etc.
2. Go to Bed Warm:
Bundling up before getting in your sleeping bag is a given, but try doing a short workout right before you get in your sleeping bag, just a few jumping jacks, running in place, sit ups etc. and then get straight in your sleeping bag and zip up that body heat! And if you’re still afraid that won’t be enough warmth, place a bottle of boiling water at your feet for some extra warmth.
3. Pre-Cook as Much Food as You Can:
This will save you time and room packing, before your trip pre-cook a few meals that will be easy to heat over the fire. You can pre-cook your meats and a big warm bowl of soup will hit the spot when you are out in the snow.
4. Pack the Snow:
This is one of the most important tips. As your body heat can melt the snow while you sleep leaving you with uneven flooring and put you at danger for sliding. Find a flat spot, preferable surrounded by trees because they block the wind and pack the snow down good with a shovel before you begin to set up your tent.
5. Start Early:
If you are doing a trip that requires you hike into your campsite, start very early in the morning because the hours of daylight are much shorter during the winter. You may be starting your hike in the dark, but it is much better than trying to set up a campsite in the dark.