Camping during winter could be very rattling, but with the appropriate wardrobe, you could take joy in the beauty that comes with winter camping. Here are some useful guidelines to help you plan your winter camping.
Here are 5 safety rules that you should remember
1. Avoid going alone
When camping during winter, do not camp alone; always camp with a friend or some group of persons especially those with good knowledge of winter and can easily navigate through snow, make shelter and find routes.
2. Study the region
Make sure you study physical maps properly. Physical maps are preferable because they display rivers, lagoons, reservoir, mountains, and their altitude. They also exhibit all the roads, footpaths and provide scales to enable you have an idea of the amount of time you will spend before you can get to your resting-place.
3. Analyze the area
Study the area, the road conditions, and networking, source for reviews online on people who have explored the area, most importantly the emergency services available in the area. Avoid torrent areas during winter camping.
4. Have a trip plan
Get other people involved by letting them in on your location and when to expect you back, don’t forget to include your vehicle information, names, and other vital information of other campers.
5. Bundle up
Always endeavor to remain warm and also dry during winter camping, you can achieve this by wearing layers of insulting clothing suitable for the weather.
Do not use cotton fabric as your base layer. Synthetic, leather and woolen fabrics are preferable. For your middle layer, get shirts, jackets, and trousers made of fleece. Wear a pair of socks that are heavier than the first pair on the first pair and avoid wearing tight boots. Finally, wear Gore-tex jackets and pants for the third layer. Also, go along to bring extra clothing in case you get soaked with rain.
1. 4-Season Tent
Make use of the 4-Season Tent; these are better and stronger than the other tents. They offer better protection during winter. Look for the arcade-shaped tent with sturdy poles and lines. Also, pick fabric over a mesh, or dual doors for shaded cooking.
2. Winter Camping Sleeping Bag
The most preferred winter camping sleeping bag is the one rated at a minimum of 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be opened up whenever you get warm. Don’t forget to add a winter camping sleeping bag liner to ensure the inner parts of your bag is kept clean and warmer.
A knapsack is must have when hiking. Ensure your backpack contains your packaged food, first-aid kit, lighter, pocket stove, water, small pot, camping knife, and maps. If you are taking your snowshoes or skis, ensure the sack has tie-on points to safeguard these commodities.
Most people prefer headlamps instead of flashlights. If you decide to go for a walk, ensure you’ve got new batteries or batteries that are fully charged and don’t forget to go with some extras. Lithium batteries are perfect batteries for winter. Alkaline isn’t expensive but they drain at a faster rate. Ensure you store your batteries and battery operated devices in your sleeping bag to keep them warm.
5. Effective Communications
For effective communications, you need a two-way radio in order to remain connected with other members. Mobile services are mostly non-existent in the woods.
6. Compasses and Map
Maps and compasses are very important. Do not rely solely on GPS. Know how to make use of them.
7. Foodstuffs and Drinks
Energy-rich foods and drinks are essential to a fruitful winter camping. Below are some of the foods you should go camping with;
- Carbohydrates: A reasonable percentage of your food should be foods rich in carbohydrates; they are easier to convert to energy, which helps in warming your body.
- Fat: Ensure that about 25 percent of your winter camping food is rich in fats. Fatty foods do take longer time to consume and generate heat.
- Protein: About 25 percent of your food should consist of proteins. They repair muscle tissues that are likely to wear out during outdoor recreational activities.
- Liquids: You can actually get dehydrated in during winter camping without realizing it. In order to remain hydrated, go with make warm drinks like cocoa, hot beverages, water, or soup.
8. Check Access
Before embarking on winter camping, check if your preferred spots are open. Avoid places with deep snowpack as these regions might be dangerous. Stay off such places.
Be cautious of abnormally low body temperatures, specifically below 35 degrees Celsius. If someone should be endangered with hypothermia, quickly stop and build a tent immediately. Give the person a warm drink and put the person in the sleeping bag. If the person is still cold, another person should join the person in the winter camping sleeping bag with a couple of few clothes on. Hypothermia can terminate one’s life; ensure you identify the signs before embarking on your winter camping adventure.