Are you planning a camping trip in the cold?
If you are, there are a couple of things you have to remember. Camping in cold weather conditions is very different than regular camping. In certain situations, it can actually be dangerous.
Stay safe and prepare for the frigid weather by avoiding some of the most common mistakes people make when camping in the cold.
Here are some things you should avoid when camping in cold weather:
1. Wear the Wrong Clothes
This might seem like an obvious one, but a lot of campers still dress lightly even when it’s cold. Although you may feel comfortable during the day, the temperature will drop during the night so make sure to properly prepare. Also, you won’t be moving around during the night, so pack some extra blankets and supplies to keep warm.
Layering is essential when you’re camping in cold weather. Make sure you pack clothes that keep EVERY part of your body warm, including warm socks, scarves, gloves, hats, and even a face shield.
Another important tip is to make sure your boots are water-repellent. Damp clothes, especially socks, will make you feel extremely cold and uncomfortable, so prepare in advance with some backup dry clothes just in case.
2.Pick the Wrong Campsite
When you go camping during warm periods, you’ll normally choose a camping spot in the shade to stay cool during the night. Things are quite different when you’re camping in cold weather.
Ideally, you should find a camping spot facing the sun. Also, you should pick a spot that’s protected from potentially icy winds to keep warm during the night.
3.Forgetting to Hydrate
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink plenty of water. In warm weather, it’s easy to remember water since you’ll feel thirsty more often. However, you’ll lose a lot of water during the day in the cold weather, so it’s important to replenish your body with plenty of liquids.
Drink hot water, tea, or even hot chocolate when you’re in the campsite. What matters most is that you stay hydrated.
4.Forgetting to Check the Weather
Before you leave for your trip, check the weather conditions in the area where you’ll be camping. This is an essential rule for any camper. It’s something you should do all the time and not just when you’re camping during cold periods.
Also, make sure you let your friends and family know when you should be returning.
5.Not Warming Up
It’s a must to stay warm during the night, especially if it’s cold outside. Bring insulated sleeping pads, extra layers, fire starters, and hand warmers.
Another way you can keep warm is to insulate your tent. Reduce the ambient space within the tent and use the tent’s rain fly as an added barrier against the wind.
Follow our tips for a safe and comfortable camping trip. Always remember that camping in cold conditions is going to be different from camping in warm weather, so be prepared.
Stay safe and warm with these tips and have fun on your icy adventure!