7 Tips on How to Stay Warm While Camping
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Camping in winter can bring beautiful cold, crisp and clear mornings, exciting wildlife and maybe even a sense of survival that you don't get in the summer. However it can be extremely cold, and you don't want to ruin your camping trip by succumbing to the cold early. Nature is dangerous and it should never be taken lightly, which is why it's crucial to prepare for whatever it has to throw at you.
If you take the correct steps to prepare for the cold during winter, then you can enjoy winter camping to its fullest. We've asked our camping experts for some advice on how they prepare for the cold while camping.
7 Tips to Stay Warm While Camping
1) Choose the Right Place
Number one on our list is to camp in the right place, which means camping somewhere that is sheltered, such as under a tree (unless there are thunderstorms), and avoiding a valley floor as this could flood and you could become wet. Find somewhere that provides windbreaks such as by bushes and walls, and choose warmer areas by avoiding the open space.
2) Don't Hold Back on the Layers
We can't emphasise enough the importance of layers. This includes on your body, and in your tent. We recommend bringing blankets, rugs, extra clothes, air mattresses and mats to pad out your tent to help keep the cold away.
3) Bring Some Heat Packs
You can bring disposable heat packs or hot water bottles to help keep warm when things start to get cold. Disposable Heat Packs are affordable and lightweight, and can easily be transported to your campsite. Alternatively, a hot water bottle can be filled with boiling water and provide you with heat throughout a cold winter night.
4) Eat and Drink Well
It doesn't take an expert to say that drinking hot drinks might be beneficial while camping during winter. It's important to eat well too; having snacks at hand will help give you a bit of warmth during a long night. Make sure you drink plenty of water because you could sweat while under all of the blankets and end up dehydrated.
5) Get Active
Being active is great for your health but it can serve a purpose in keeping us warm too. If you really are starting to feel the cold, jumping up and down on the spot, going for a short walk or even going for a quick run is bound to get your blood pumping again.
6) Light a Fire
Another option is to keep things traditional, and if your campsite will allow it, light a fire. A fire has worked for a millennia and there's no reason why it won't with you, but make sure you keep the fire plenty of distance from your tent. Remember to bring firelighters just in case the going gets tough; we all know how difficult it is to light a fire when it's raining.
7) Use a Smaller Tent
You want to minimise the amount of open space in your tent, as the more body heat per amount of space the longer the space will take to cool down. A smaller tent should do the trick, so if you are going camping with just a couple of people but you have a four man tent, we would recommend a change before you go.
Our Winter Camping Essentials
Hotteeze Hand Warmer (Pack of 10)
The Hotteeze Hand Warmer is ideal for those cold wintry nights. Fast acting and compact, this easy-to-use hand warmer provides up to ten hours of warmth. Perfect for sliding inside clothing overnight, the hand warmer is a lasting, eco-friendly and lightweight solution to cold hands while camping.