Staying Warm While Camping: Tips & Tricks From an Experienced Camper
Whether you’re a camping enthusiast or just getting started, you know that staying warm while camping is a must. Without the keep a proper temperature in your tent or around the campfire, you risk getting miserable quickly. As a father of three and a long-time camper, I’m here to share my tips on how to stay warm so that you can make the most of your camping experience and enjoy the great outdoors!
Pick the Right Gear
High quality camping gear is a must for staying warm while camping. Invest in things like a good sleeping bag, insulated ground pads, and a quality tent. Choose bright colors in the sleeping bag and tent to help reflect the sun’s heat.
Make sure you have enough blankets and/or quilts to keep you warm in the tent. You should also bring a few extra blankets and quilts for your tent mates just in case.
Dress in Layers
When camping, layering is the way to go. Start with thin, lightweight layers that you can easily layer or peel off as the temperature requires. Make sure you have moisture-resistant outerwear that will keep you warm and dry even during a rainstorm or when you come in contact with wet terrain.
Choose breathable, natural fibers like wool or merino for your inner and mid-layers. Wicking materials such as polyester, rayon, and nylon can provide a layer of insulation even in extreme temperatures.
When selecting your clothes, consider the activities you will be participating in. If you plan on doing a lot of walking or activity, opt for thinner but more breathable layers. For evenings and nights, go for thicker, warmer layers such as fleece and down.
Location is Key
The key to staying warm while camping is finding the right campsite. Do some research to find a remote site with plenty of trees and vegetation, insulation from wind and water, and typically cooler temperatures. Make sure to check the weather conditions before settling an area and avoid camping in low-altitude areas.
Set Up Camp with Care
Once you’ve chosen the perfect site for your camping trip, take the time to set up your campsite in a way that will keep you the warmest. Pick an area with plentiful tree coverage and keep your tent away from any nearby water sources. Pay attention to the way you orient your tent and set up camp as the sun is setting, so it’s facing the warmest direction. For example, if you’re camping in the northern hemisphere, the back side should face south.
Take a few other steps to keep your campsite warm. Clear away any debris, such as leaves or sticks, that may have collected in your tent or other camping areas. Set up a waterproof tarp to reflect the sun’s warmth and also to act as a barrier between your tent and any sloping terrain.
Heat Your Tents
Adding insulation to your tent is another great way to stay warm while camping, especially during the cold night. Instead of using traditional sleeping bags, opt for a camping sleeping mat, or a closed-cell foam mat which can add an extra layer of insulation. A heating pad or hot water bottle can also provide much needed warmth.
If you’re feeling slightly adventurous and want to go the extra mile, get creative with some campfire heaters. Create a makeshift stove by cutting out a hole in a tin can and burning wood inside. This will keep your tent warm during the chilliest nights.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Lastly, make sure to have emergency equipment handy and know what to do in case of an emergency. If the temperature drops too low or you experience extreme weather, be sure to know your limits and respond appropriately. Keep a fire-starting kit, waterproof matches or a lighter, and an emergency shelter with you at all times.
Staying warm while camping can seem like a challenge, but with the right gear and a bit of knowledge, it can be a breeze. From choosing the right clothes to setting up your tent, these tips and tricks are sure to make your camping trips more enjoyable. Be sure to watch the video below for more tips on staying warm while camping!
Remember, it’s important to do your research before a camping trip and be prepared for any situation. Hopefully, this blog post has helped you understand how to stay warm while camping and make the most of your outdoor adventure!