When you think of camping it’s likely that you imagine a warm summer day in the mountains surrounded by lush trees and green fields. However, camping during the wintertime can also be a lot of fun. Each season offers a different kind of experience for those who choose to brave it, and this can enhance your ability to be a better outdoorsman or outdoorswoman. The most important factor for camping during the winter is safety, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your plans.
1. Take in the calories. While most people these days are trying to watch their weight, if you are going to be sleeping outside somewhere chilly you should constantly have food readily available. The more calories you consume, the more heat particles you are putting into your body to help keep you warm. Plus, if you don’t eat enough and allow your blood sugar to get low you will start to feel a lot colder.
2. Drink lots of water. You should aim to drink at least a gallon a day because even during the winter months it is just as easy to get dehydrated as it is under the summer sun. If you are camping in a location with a lot of snow, collecting some and boiling it is a great source of water.
3. Bring the right amount and type of clothes. Generally speaking, you will want to bring enough layers of clothing to keep yourself warm. It’s a good idea to bundle up if you are just sitting by the fire or sleeping in your tent, but if you are doing some kind of physical activity you won’t want to get yourself so sweaty that you over heat. So, wearing layers that you can peel off depending on what you are doing is a smart way to go about things. Also, you will want to bring the correct kind of clothing. Thick socks and boots are almost certainly a must if you will be in a snowy area, and you will also want to have some waterproof jackets.
4. Keep your feet dry. One of the first things that could put a handicap on your winter camping trip is getting cold feet, literally. Snow is fun to walk in but can easily soak through your shoes and socks, which is why it is important to have multiple pairs of socks with you. A tip to keeping them dry in your boots is to put a plastic bag over each sock covered foot before putting your boots or shoes on. That way if some of the snow gets through the boot, you will have a better chance of keeping your feet dry.
5. Keep an eye on the weather. While you may not have an issue with sleeping in a tent on the snow, you certainly won’t want to get buried in it. If the weather predicts any storms of major flurries it may be a good idea to find a new location or put off your trip until safer weather comes. Hypothermia can be extremely dangerous and sometimes deadly, and even if you are prepared for low temperatures you do not want to put yourself at risk of not being able to leave the area. Be sure to check the weather from multiple sources before you head out, and also find the nearest public building where you are going to camp as a emergency resource.
Written by the staff at Quality RV. Quality RV is one of the top RV Dealers that the state of Missouri has to offer. They service the whole state including St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and the Lake of the Ozarks.