The finish of autumn means the end of camping? No, no, many people prefer to winter camping. There’s no rustle of leaves or buzz of insects and can witness many scenes you can't see when camping in other seasons. Moreover, if handled properly, you will not even feel cold when you sleep at night.
However, a winter camping trip can be intimidating if you haven’t done it before. So here we collect a few of our best winter camping hacks to help you get started.
1. SET UP A WIND WALL
Remember to take a piece of tarp, and tie it between two trees to create a wind wall for your tent. This wind wall will keep your tent warmer if there are heavy wind and/or snow coming from a particular direction. Also, you can put a piece of tarp under the tent to help protect the groundsheet.
2. MAKE YOUR TENT WARMER
Of course, you should use a winter camping tent for this unique camping experience. Meantime, you can place your stuff sacks and extra gear around your tent inside the perimeter to further insulate. It's a good idea to keep warmer by duct-taping an emergency blanket onto your tent ceiling to create a radiant barrier.
3. MORE SLEEPING PADS, MORE COMFORTABLE
A thick camping mattress is essential as it insulates you from the cold ground and snow (maybe). And two pads are better, which can add up to greater insulation and warmth than one.
You can set up an ultralight camping cot first, and then put one thick warm sleeping pad on it. It’s hard to get warmer than this setup in a winter sleep system.
4. A WEIGHT & WARM SLEEPING BAG
Getting a good night’s sleep in the deep cold is a necessity to enjoy your time in the backcountry. So, a good down bag is a must-have gear for your camping experience which can up to the task of below zero temperatures. You need to choose a weight & warm sleeping bag that provides insurance against the coldest of nights.
5. PAY ATTENTION TO THIS
When sleeping, please don't sleep with your face buried under the sleeping bag, as the insulating properties of the sleeping gear will cancel out because of the moisture from your breath.
6. KEEP YOUR CLOTHES WARM
Don't want to put on cold clothes in the morning? You can keep your clothes in your sleeping bag if you've got room in your sleeping bag. This has another advantage: avoid having big pockets of air between you and the sleeping bag so you don't need to expend body heat trying to warm up.
7. USE BAMBOO OR WOODEN UTENSILS
metal utensils will get super cold at low temperatures, then cause the temperature of whatever you're cooking to drop quickly, so you can use bamboo or wooden utensils. And if you're interested in an eco-friendly and economic choice, KingCamp bamboo utensils will be your best bet.
If you desire to watch rainbow trout jump at dusk, crave the sound of soft snowfall on a silent night, set off for a winter camping trip.