10 Top Tips For Camping During The winter Months
Wild camping can be enjoyed all year round and more campsites are staying open for longer these days opening up opportunities to camp in relative comfort throughout the year. Cold weather camping doesn’t necessarily mean there’s snow on the ground as wind and rain can cause the temperature to drop uncomfortably. Our tips will help you make the most of autumn and winter trips.
- Layers of thin clothing rather than a heavy jacket allow you to adjust insulation and warmth quickly and easily; try to avoid getting hot and sweaty as damp clothes will soak up body heat.
- Natural fills like feather and down in sleeping bags will lose their insulation value when wet or even just damp but with a waterproof stuff sack and a decent tent, it’s pretty easy to keep your sleeping bag dry.
- A ‘mummy’ shaped bag means your body has less space to heat as it hugs your head and shoulders like a cocoon.
- Try not to sleep with your head inside your bag as your warm breath pumps damp air into the bag reducing the insulation properties and warmth.
- Whenever you can, air out your bag and tent as body moisture vapour and warm breath condense in the tent at night and the moisture will reduce warmth. It might even freeze on the inside of the tent giving you an unwelcome frosty shower in the morning.
- A sleeping bag liner not only helps to keep your bag clean, it can make a big difference to how warm you are all night.
- Cold ground will draw heat away from you so insulating yourself from it is essential. A closed cell foam sleeping pad or self-inflating air/foam mattress offer good protection from the cold and can be boosted by lying on spare clothing, waterproofs or even your rucksack.
- Change into dry clothing such as a spare base layer top and ‘long johns’ before getting into your sleeping bag. A snug hat such as a beanie will cut down heat loss through your head. Beat the morning chill by pulling the clothes you ‘re going to wear inside your bag to warm them up.
- Torch batteries are affected by cold but you can coax a dead battery into life by warming it up in your hands; keep them in your sleeping bag overnight.
- Keep your sleeping bag loosely in a large mesh or cotton bag between trips to ensure it keeps its loft qualities.