9 Tips for Camping in Cold Weather

1. Heat up your sleeping bag with hand warmers

This is a great little trick. The only heat source in the sleeping bag is your body, so if you use hand warmers you can pre-heat the sleeping bag, then when you get inside it’ll be extra cozy and the heat will stay inside.

2. Sleep Close to Your Friends

The more people in close proximity to each other in the tent the less cold air will come up from underneath the tent and more heat will be preserved in your body.

3. Don’t cover your face with your sleeping bag

This is an interesting, almost counter-intuitive one, but science tells us that the moisture from a person’s breath gets traped in the sleeping bag, and this will reverse the insulating properties of the bag.

4. Eat carbs before you go to sleep

Eat some extra carby snacks before you sleep. This will cause your digestive system to kick into action and your body will generate more heat and since you are the only heat source inside the sleeping bag, the more internal heat you generate, the warmer you’ll be.

5. Wear gloves and thick socks

We lose a lot of heat through our hands and feet, so as well as wearing warm clothes and a warm vest, I recommend you also wear some toasty socks and a thick pair of gloves to bed so that you stay extra warm during the cold hours of the night.

6. Stay hydrated

It’s actually just as important to stay very hydrated during cold winters as it is in the summer. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids while camping.

7. Fire First

When you’re out cold weather camping the first thing you should do when you arrive at the campsite is build your fire. This means that you’re guaranteed to be warm while you setup the rest of your campsite.

8. Make sure you bring sleeping pads

Your body will lose a lot of heat through the ground below you. A lot more than through the air, so it’s essential to have a well insulated sleeping pad for that extra layer of insulation underneath you while you sleep.

9. Pack extra batteries

You don’t want to find yourself without light, so make sure to pack extra batteries for your flashlights.