Although spring and summer may be among the most popular times for camping, winter camping also has a dedicated following among outdoor enthusiasts. Those who enjoy camping in the winter, though, need to make sure that they are well-prepared to battle the unpredictable elements. Much of that preparation comes from having the right camping supplies before heading out into the wilderness.
If you plan on going camping this winter, whether you’re going to your favorite campground locations or backpacking in the wild, make sure that you remember these five things for your trip:
- Warm clothing and outerwear: While this may seem obvious to most campers, it’s important to bring plenty of extra layers should the temperatures drop even further. In fact, bringing extra garments with you to keep warm is essential should you need to change. If you plan on hiking, climbing, or participating in other strenuous activities, you’ll need a change of clothing anyway. In addition to regular clothing, you should also stock up on outerwear, including coats, boots, hats, gloves, and other warm items.
- A tent and sleeping bags that can withstand the elements: Unless you’ll be renting a cabin somewhere, you’ll need to bring a tent with you for nighttime. Tents and sleeping bags should be waterproof and insulated, so you don’t have to worry about harsh winds and dampness at night. If you need them, bring extra blankets, too.
- Plenty of food and water: In order to stay comfortable during the winter, you’ll need to give your body plenty of fuel to stay warm. Not only will you want to stock up on winter camping favorites, like chili or soup for warmth, but you may want to bring some coffee or cocoa with you to beat the winter chill. These are the perfect drinks for a cold winter’s night.
- Pots and pans to warm up food and drink: If you plan on staying outdoors rather than at a camping resort, you’ll probably be cooking your own food. Bring your pots and pans with you to heat up your food and your drinks, along with any other useful cooking supplies.
- Emergency supplies: From flashlights with extra batteries to first aid kits in case of an injury, you’ll want to make sure you are well-prepared for anything when camping in the winter. Just remember to consider which elements you’ll be staying in, so you have exactly what you need.
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