Cold Weather Camping Tips

It’s hard to think about cold weather when we’ve had such warm temperatures this fall. But, the temperatures will drop eventually and we want you to be prepared for camping in cold weather conditions. Here are a few tips on how to stay warm this winter.

Cold Weather Clothing

The most important thing to remember when camping in cooler temperatures is to have the right type of clothing, and wear layers.  Other than your typical long johns, items such as cargo pants or overalls will help keep your body warm and protect from the cool air breeze.  These can be worn over your clothing to provide extra warmth as the temperatures drop.

Items such as North Face facemasks and neck warmers help protect your chest, ears, and nose from the cold, which are the hardest body parts to keep warm.  Carhartt has a whole line of cold weather products including their overalls and work pants that they are known for. But they also make jackets, weather resistant pants and shirts, and boots to keep your feet warm.

Cold Weather Gear

Once you’ve got yourself bundled up enough to tackle the cold temperatures, there are some other things you’ll need to have on hand to make camping easier.  Fire starters, whether homemade or store bought, are important to have when the firewood in your campsite is a little too wet or too cold to start a proper campfire. 

To keep yourself warm at night, you’ll want to have items such as Heat proof water bottles to warm up on the fire and stuff inside your sleeping bag.  Peel and stick body warmers are great to keep your body warm while you are sleeping.   

For extra warmth at night, make sure to use a cold weather sleeping bag, such as the Gander Mountain Split Rock Cold Weather sleeping bag.   This sleeping bag is thick and insulated to keep you warm all night long in 0 degree temperatures.  If you are camping out in tents, you’ll want to have a cot or pad to put on the ground so you are not in direct contact with the cold ground. 

Heaters

To keep your campsite warm, you may want to invest in a space heater, such as the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater which uses propane to heat up to 400 sq ft for 220 hours on low.  Built with a blower fan, this space heater combines radiant heat with convention heat for indoor or outdoor use.  The propane tanks are easily changed and can be plugged into an AC adapter or can run on 4 D-cell batteries. 

These heaters are great for picnics or tailgating parties, or great for use in cabins and shelters.  The Big Buddy heater is equipped with an automatic low oxygen shut off and tip over shut off for your safety.  Heating the area you are spending time in, such as your campsite, with space heaters and a well-built campfire will keep everyone comfortable and keep the party going all night long.

So make the best of your next camping trip by being prepared for colder weather conditions.  Winter will be here before we know it so take advantage of the time we have now to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

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