Tips for Staying Warm While Camping In Winter

Camping isn’t just for warmer months. Many people enjoy spending winter nights under the stars, when they can savor the absence of common summer pests—like mosquitos and tourists. To do it, you just have to pack the right supplies and follow a few rules for staying warm. We’ve compiled these tips for camping in winter to help you enjoy nature all year round.

 

If You are Tent Camping in Winter

 

Get the right gear.

You can’t head off into a winter wonderland with run-of-the-mill camping equipment. Make sure you at least have a sleeping bag with a lower-limit temperature rating, a sturdy tent, a stove that will work in cold weather, and an insulated sleeping pad. 

 

Dress appropriately.

You’ll need an insulated base layer (such as polyester thermal long underwear), and then another layer breathable fleece. Wear snow pants if needed, along with a breathable, waterproof jacket. Then, pack warm hiking socks, waterproof gloves, and a warm hat.

 

Stay hydrated.

Even though you won’t be sweating in the sun, it’s still important to drink lots of water while winter camping. The last thing you need is dehydration.

 

Make your own heater.

You can fashion a makeshift heater by pouring hot water into a 100% stainless steel, non-insulated bottle. Tuck the bottle into your sleeping bag at night and stay nice and cozy.

 

Stow your phone in your sleeping bag.

Cold temperatures will drain your batteries very quickly. Tuck your phone and any other necessary electronic device into your sleeping bag at night to keep them working throughout your trip.

 

If You Are RV Camping In Winter

 

Upgrade your insulation.

Good insulation, especially around the base of a recreational vehicle, will not only help keep the living space warm, but it will also protect the pipes from winter wind.   

 

Get your furnace inspected.

The last thing you want on a winter camping trip is a busted furnace. Have a certified technician inspect it to make sure everything works properly, and then clean out any dirt and debris before you leave.

 

Don’t forget the antifreeze.

Use the proper mixture of antifreeze and water in your engine. If you encounter particularly cold temperatures, use an engine block heater before starting your RV.

 

Update your insurance.

Make sure that your recreational vehicle is properly insured before risking an accident on icy roads. Call us at 270-554-2105 to get it all squared away.