How to Stay Warm While Camping This Winter

How to Stay Warm While Camping This Winter

Winter can be a wonderful time for a camping trip! It can give you time with loved ones, a dose of the great outdoors just when you need it, and an opportunity for winter sports all at the same time. Let’s look at how to stay warm while camping this winter.

Think Thermal

Let’s start with the basics. You will want your clothing to keep you warm against the winter chill. A great way to do this is to wear women’s thermals. By creating a cozy layer of warm air next to your skin, you will be on your way to staying comfy, whatever the day or night may bring.

If it’s been a while since you shopped for women’s long johns, you are in for a treat. Fabric choices now include everything from silk to high-tech synthetics that are soft to the touch and designed to help keep you warm. Although you will love them for your winter camping trips, you’ll probably want to wear them on extra-cold days around the house or office, too. When shopping for thermals, make sure to start with your current measurements. A proper fit for thermals will skim your body without being either tight or baggy.

Layer Up

Effective layering starts next to your skin and moves on to a soft and breathable layer on top of your thermals. Cotton flannel is a great option as it is not heavy but will breathe and help to create another layer of air between you and your outerwear. Flannel shirts and long-sleeved T-shirts along with jeans are a great choice for layering.

Next are sweaters and hoodies that you can wear over a shirt. Although staying warm will be your primary objective with winter camping, there will be times when you are exercising, close to the campfire, or just snug in your tent when you need fewer layers. The beauty of layering is that you can always add or subtract a layer to achieve the comfort you crave. When you are thinking about layers, don’t forget to keep your feet warm! Warm and breathable long socks are important to wear underneath boots. Merino wool can be a great choice for winter camping socks as they are warm and also wick away moisture.

Fleece Is Your Friend

Fleece is a great fabric for winter camping. A men’s or women’s fleece jacket is a great layering option and can even be rolled up to make an extra camp pillow. Fleece throw blankets are a must for keeping cozy. You can use them around the campfire or as an extra layer inside a sleeping bag.

It's also a great idea to keep a couple of fleece throws in your vehicle. Not only would they be practical in the event of a winter weather emergency, but they can also be used as stadium blankets or picnic blankets.

The Lowdown on Down

If you want lightweight warmth, think “down.” Whether you opt for a down coat, vest, blanket, or all of the above, you will be glad you did. Especially if you engage in winter sports while camping, the combination of warmth without extra weight is wonderful. Although we may think of the dayglo colors of down jackets in the 1980s as being the “start” of down as outerwear, wearing down outerwear is a time-honored tradition that has evolved not just from mountain climbers in the 1920s but originally from indigenous peoples in cold climates. Down has been keeping people protected and cozy for centuries.

When choosing a down garment or camping equipment, make sure to take temperature ratings into account. The manufacturer should list a temperature down to which you will be comfortably warm with the item. Read all of the details regarding this. Most manufacturers assume that you will be wearing at least one, if not two, layers of clothing underneath their down garment.

Best Boots

Whether you plan to hang out around the campfire, go hiking on your winter camping trip, or have more extreme winter sports in mind, you will need the right boots. For most winter campers, this means a pair of boots with waterproof soles that will fit comfortably with winter socks underneath them. Buy your socks first, so you can try prospective boots on with them. Keep in mind what types of fun activities you have planned and what the terrain of your winter campsite will be. If there is a chance of snow, you’ll want completely waterproof snow boots. You have to stay dry to stay warm!

Winter camping trips require a different approach to staying warm. With a bit of planning, you and your loved ones will be toasty warm and have a great time!


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