Learning how to camp in the snow gives one access to experiences that few people ever get. Snowfall and freezing temperatures mean there will not be many other people out there, giving one access to virtually untouched scenery and a quiet solitude that is impossible to find anywhere else. Of course, one has to stay warm and safe to make the experience a good one.
Tips and Tricks to Camp in the Snow
Snow camping can be awesome – or it can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. The outcome is all based on the preparation.
- Bring the right gear – This is probably the coldest experience most people will ever have, so it pays to bring the right equipment. A tent rated for winter use, backup shelter, winter sleeping bag, gloves, warm hat, plenty of warm clothing, waterproof and insulated boots, several different fire-starting methods, navigation tools, first-aid supplies, plenty of food (even sitting in freezing weather burns a lot of calories), sunscreen and more. One should use a winter camping packing list to make sure nothing is forgotten.
- No cotton – Cotton is not made for cold weather. Wool or synthetics are much better. Before going on the trip one should learn about different insulating materials and discuss clothing choices with someone who knows what they are doing.
- Wear layers – A base layer, a middle layer and an outer layer are necessary for comfort and warmth. The base layer is essentially one’s underwear, made to wick moisture away from the body. The middle layer insulates, while the outer layer provides a shell against the elements.
- Bring friends – Winter camping is best done in groups of two or more people. This ensures that there is enough help to get things done, a range of outdoor skills and abilities to draw on, another person to provide additional safety and perhaps most important – conversation.
- Know the area – It is easy to get lost in the woods on a good day. But when everything is covered in snow and glare, one is almost guaranteed to get lost if he or she cannot navigate using a map and compass, or GPS. It is best to study the area thoroughly before one ever leaves home.
- Know the weather – One should always check the weather right before the trip. Camping in the snow is fun, but a blizzard will ensure that the entire trip is spent inside the tent.
You can have a lot of fun winter camping. Just be sure to be prepared, and bring a durable Litefighter tent on your next trip!