There is nothing quite like an outdoor adventure to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
Once you pick your favourite relaxing destination, whether a remote cabin in the woods or a winter camping hot spot, don’t forget these four must-have items.
Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag
Winter camping requires a few distinct items compared to camping in the warmer months. When the temperatures reach zero or below at night, you’ll need a cold-weather sleeping bag to give you extra protection.
Cold-weather sleeping bags are insulated sleeping bags that will trap heat as you sleep. If you don’t already have one, here are some things to look for when picking one out:
- The insulation lining material (synthetic, goose-down, and water-resistant down)
- The shape of the sleeping bag
- A built-in hood
- A waterproof shell
Winter Camping Gloves
Remember to pack a pair of waterproof gloves to keep your hands warm. Find a pair of gloves lined with wool, fleece, or synthetic material. If your hands aren’t protected, they’ll become numb and at risk of frostbite.
No matter what activities you conduct during winter camping, gloves are essential to protect your hands.
Additional Heat Source
If you want to stay warm, a sleeping bag and warm clothing aren’t the only warmth you’ll need. There are different options for additional heat sources you can bring along that include:
- Camp stove
- Portable fire pit
- Portable electric radiator
- Winter sleeping pad
Each option will give you the additional heat you need to stay warm and enjoy your camping trip.
Headlamps and Lanterns
Always bring a headlamp and a lantern any time of year. When the sun goes down, and it’s completely dark outside, you’ll need a light to keep with you.
Having both a headlamp and a lantern is a good safety precaution, so you can use either when you need it. A headlamp can be great for moving around your tent, while a lantern is nice for walking around the campsite at night.
When it’s cold outside, you may feel like bringing a hundred items with you to keep warm. While it’s important to stay prepared, you also want to pack lightly for your camping trip, so you aren’t overloaded with stuff.
Create a thorough packing list, don’t forget these four items on your next winter camping trip, and get ready to have a relaxing, snowy adventure in nature.