Winter Camping Tips
It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest has winter. Some years, it is crazy here! What is interesting is since the Pacific northwest also has so many different climates from ocean-side to dessert and even some rain forest, winter can mean different things depending on where you decide to go.
If you are looking to go camping this winter (it’s not totally crazy! Lots of people do it!) here are some simple winter camping tips to follow.
Winter Camping Tips
Bring extra clothing, especially socks and cold weather gear. It is vitally important that in order to stay warm and keep your fingers and toes from frostbite that you keep them warm and dry. Bring some extra socks in a baggie that is water proof so you can always have a backup pair.
Check to make sure your sleeping bag is rated for the weather you will encounter. The kind of sleeping bag most people have is only good down into the 50’s for keeping you warm. Make sure to upgrade to a winter sleeping bag if you plan on camping this winter.
Know where you are going and what the weather report calls for. Sometimes, winter storms can hit last minute so it is vitally important that you take precautions such as letting plenty of people know where you are headed and watch the weather report in the days leading to your trip.
Make sure to bring a sleeping pad. This is not just for your comfort. It it important so you stay warm as well. Having a sleeping pad under you will keep you well insulated on the cold hard ground.
Don’t stay out any longer than your skill level. Winter camping requires different skills than summer or warm weather camping does. If you are inexperienced, make sure to bring along someone who is not so you can stay as safe as possible.
Keep your water supply warm. If you have a water bottle, make sure to flip it upside down so that it won’t freeze first near the drinking spout. Also, if you can, keep your water in a spill proof container in your sleeping bag with you so your body heat can keep it from freezing solid.
Make sure to pack strike anywhere matches that work when wet. You will need them to start fires and while you may try as hard as you can to keep them dry, condensation could spoil your plans inside your tent.