Have a fun and safe time winter camping with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Camping is a staple summer activity. It can even be a fun time for the whole family in fall. But you can also go winter camping. Camping in winter is a great way to get outdoors when you’re fighting cabin fever. With the right equipment and preparation, you can have a blast in the snow.
1. Layer up
When you’re winter camping, you need to keep your body warm and dry. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer. Thermal underwear that can wick away sweat is your best option. Next, you need a middle layer. Your middle layer should act as insulation to help you keep your body heat. Go with fleece or microfleece shirts or jackets. You want a breathable, waterproof and windproof outer layer. If you’re camping in the snow, you want clothes that will dry quickly.
2. Prep your tent and sleeping bag for snow
Go with a winter sleeping bag. Winter sleeping bags are rated to be used in 10 degree or below conditions. It’s better to be too warm and take off layers than being cold throughout the night. Use at least two camping pads under your sleeping bag. It will keep you off the cold ground and puts another layer between you and the snow. It’s also a good idea to line your tent with a tarp to keep moisture out of your tent. It’s best to use a 4-season tent if you’re snow camping.
3. Consider cold weather health concerns
In the summer, you have to be wary of bugs, poisonous plants and sunburn. When you’re winter camping, there are other health concerns to consider. Hypothermia can happen when your body temperature decreases in cold conditions. Some of the warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, slurred speech and lethargy. It’s important to stay warm, dry and hydrated. If you think someone in your camp has hypothermia, have them put on dry clothes. Have another person warm their sleeping bag, put warm water bottles in their sleeping bag or have another person warm them up.
Frostbite is also a concern when winter camping. Frostbite is when body tissue freezes, usually on the face, fingers or toes. Common symptoms include numbness and loss of sensitivity. Skin can appear red and turn to white or eventually purple. To prevent frostbite, stay warm and dry. Use heat packs and warmers. Go with your instinct; if you’ve been out in the cold too long or your body can’t handle it, don’t push it. Always seek medical attention when you think it’s necessary.
4. Have a winter camping plan
When it comes to winter camping, there are a lot of safety precautions. If it’s your first time camping in winter, don’t go too far from home. This way if you run into inclement weather or you’re not really into the whole winter camping thing, you can easily pack up and go back home.
Don’t go alone and have a travel plan. Let others know where you’re going and when you’ll be there. If you have an emergency, others will know where you are and where to look for you. It’s also important to know the weather conditions of the area. If you’re up in the mountains, you need to know if there are any avalanche warnings.
Winter camping can be fun when you plan ahead and are equipped with the right supplies. For more tips on braving the outdoors, check out our camping blog.