A Winter Camping Guide

By Doug Williams
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Another material that you should look into is either pile or fleece fabrics. The reason that these fabrics are good is that they have a very similar insulation property as the wool fabric does, without the supposed itchiness. A problem with it can be that it is not very wind resistant unless it’s layered with a windproof fabric.

There are also certain body parts that you should be extra careful to protect and keep warm. The head is the most important part to protect – you actually lose a good amount of heat from your head when it’s uncovered, because of this it is generally necessary to wear a hat when camping in cold weather.

Even if it is not just your head that is cold, putting on a hat will certainly help you stay warm.


You should also keep your hands as warm as possible with good-quality gloves or mittens. Mittens are sometimes a better option than gloves because the fingers keep each other warm. With gloves, they are separated and don’t warm each other up. It is also important to keep your feet warm; I’ve had a few camping trips where I’ve got cold feet it’s not nice and it should be avoided!

There’s a lot of choice for protecting your feet, a huge range of socks as well as boot types, ones that have linings, ones without, etc. You can even get heated pads to go into your boots.

Food can make a huge difference to your comfort and enjoyment. You need to look at what type of food to take with you. It needs to provide enough calories for the energy you use moving about and living in the cold, it’s always good if you like the taste of your food and it also needs to be nutritious so that you’re healthy. When it comes to health you need to be very aware of how to take care of your body, keep yourself clean and if there’s any little niggles such as a blister it needs to be addressed quickly.

This means that some First Aid training is a good idea, preferably for each person that’s going on the trip.

Camping in the winter is great fun, I love it and it can be great fun for you as well, just prepare well and all should be good.


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