Winter. That time of the year when all you see is snow all around. It is a burden and no one really wants to venture out of their homes. People prefer staying inside in the warmth of their homes. Even the government issues warnings of snow storms and offices and educational institutions remain closed.
However, for the adventurous, there are no limits. Be it winter or summer, if they want to venture out and go camping, there is no stopping them. In fact, camping during winter is a great challenge and adventurous campers often love challenges. They also get the opportunity to observe nature in its different avatar.
If you have the adventurous streak and are looking out to camp during the winters, I will provide you with some winter camping tips. Following them, you can have an enjoyable and a memorable winter camping experience.
- Go through the forecast for the weather for the next few days. If a snow storm is predicted, it is better to postpone the trip. Camping in the snow can be fun, but camping in a snow storm is nothing short of being hazardous.
- Setting up the campsite the right way is very important when camping in the snow. Be sure to pitch tent where you will get adequate wind protection from the trees. At the same time, make sure that you do not pitch the tent below branches laden with snow.
- Avoid camping on the slopes or very near to the hills as there may be a risk of an avalanche.
- Avoid low lying valleys and meadows. Cold air tends to settle down and will make it chilly at night.
- Try to level the ground by removing some snow or flattening it before pitching the tent.
- To protect the tent from the drifting snow, you can place the tent at an angle of 90 degrees to the wind.
- Do not forget to carry snow stakes with you for the tent.
- Include extra padding inside the tent for warmth.
- Bring extra woolens and an extra pair of gloves. Temperatures can drop drastically even when not anticipated. Also make sure that you wear a pair of woolen booties over your socks and then waterproof boots. The booties will give you the extra warmth against the cold.
- Carry tea bags or coffee and once you are settled in your tent, make a cup each for every other camper. It will provide the extra warmth to the body while at the same time keep you fresh.
- Carry a combination of ready-to-eat packaged food and food that requires cooking. Cooking in the cold can be a tough task, so when you don’t feel like, you can always consume the packaged food.
- Find a bathroom site away from the streams or any water body which may now be frozen. During spring, the streams will start flowing and human waste will then flow downstream and cause risk to people living on the banks of the stream. Also, take care that you do not litter the surroundings. You may think that the packets will be buried under fresh snow, but eventually when the snow will melt, they will come to the surface and will not be good for the environment. Carry large plastic bags to collect any garbage.
- Do not forget to carry a stove. It will not only be used for cooking, but also for melting the snow and derive water from it.
- Carry a good quality lantern that you can carry and keep it on during the entire night. Use lithium batteries in the lantern. Here is an excellent quality lantern you can buy
- Keep a regular intake of warm fluids like tea, coffee or even hot water to maintain the warmth inside the body.
- Finally, take a camera and take pictures of your trip to make it memorable.
These are some general tips which I hope would help you the next time you decide to go camping in the winter. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to comment!