While most campers tend to take off completely or travel to warmer climates during the winter months, there are the brace few who embrace winter camping. Not only is the crisp air and frosted morning something to enjoy, but winter camping can mean pesky bugs are at bay and if you enjoy quiet time, less people. There is a certain beauty that can only be found during the winter months, and some campers keep on camping right through the chilly season. If you are ready to take on the cold and camp through the winter, here are some tips that will keep you warm, dry, prepared, and more!
Camping is often associated with being outdoors, so you will need to dress appropriately if your winter camping trip is going to include some outdoor activities. This is actually quite simple thanks to layering and new fabrics that can keep the cold out. When you layer, you should follow these steps: a long sleeve top in polyester or other synthetic fabric and long underwear in polyester first, follow up with a fleece or wool layer, and top it off with a down coat or vest. If you start getting too hot, it is easy to remove layers to maintain comfort.
TENT: The more adventurous types might even consider tent camping in the cold weather. Much like clothing, there are newer tent options that will keep you nice and warm in the tent. If you have a tent, it is likely a 3 season variety. For winter tent camping, make sure your tent is suitable for all four seasons.
RV: If you are a part-time RVer (you don’t live in your RV) you always need to make sure things are in order before heading out to camp. This is especially true for winter camping. Check fuses, propane tanks, the fridge, etc. before heading out. If you happen to go camping and get stranded in the snow, you will want to have working equipment. For heaters, make sure they are rated for RVs as to not deplete the oxygen in the camper. If there is water in the plumbing lines or water heater and you are going to be in freezing temperatures, it could potentially freeze, causing damage. RV antifreeze, tank heaters and more are always helpful to prevent freezing.
Just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean the fun stops. Snowmobiling, hiking, bird watching, skiing, and more are all exciting activities that you can enjoy when winter camping.
So, if you are ready to brave the cold and have some fun camping this winter, go for it!