Winter camping isn’t as daunting as it may seem. With the right preparations, novice and experienced campers alike can hole up in a warm, cozy tent on snow-covered ground.
Much of the gear you need for winter camping is the same as what’s required for summer camping (a tarp, a knife, waterproof matches, fire starter, a flashlight, a first aid kit, kitchen items, personal items, etc.).
There are, however, a number of other things you’ll need in order to deal with the cold and snow. Here are some of the basics you should take with you when winter camping.
- A four-season tent, a sleeping bag rated for winter camping and an inflatable sleeping pad.
- Warm clothing that stays dry (that means no cotton: consider synthetic or merino wool), as well as hats, gloves and other winter apparel.
- Waterproof boots that provide solid traction.
- Hand and toe warmers.
- A foam pad to put under your sleeping pad for extra warmth.
- A small shovel to clear snow on your campsite.
- Portable power packs (electronic equipment loses power faster in cold weather).
- Meals that are quick and easy to make since cooking and cleaning in mitts can be a challenge (for instance, freeze-dried meals for which you just add hot water).
While the above list isn’t exhaustive, it’s a great place to start. The only thing that remains is to set aside a weekend, choose a park and book your site.