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5 Essential Tips for Camping in the Winter


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Winter camping… you either enjoy it, or avoid it! Here in Central Texas, we rarely see temperatures drop below freezing. When we prepare for winter, we can count on being slightly inconvenienced by a handful of freezes, but we typically don’t think a thing of snow! However even in Central Texas, winter can feel pretty brutal when you’re outside, exposed to the elements. So before you pack up and head out, check out these few tips for winter camping!

1. Dress in Layers

In this climate, it’s not unusual for crisp, chilly mornings to turn into warm afternoons, so pack enough clothing to layer your outfits. You can remove layers as the day goes on and temperature increases.

2. Bring a Proper Sleeping Pad

You’ll need to form a barrier of cushioning and insulation between your body, and the frosty, wintery ground! For winter camping, it’s best to use two pads: a closed cell foam pad, and an insulated pad with a higher r-value.

3. Prepare for Dry Skin & Chapped Lips

Though we shouldn’t have to worry about frostbite, we still need to protect our skin from the dry, cool air. To prevent dry skin, windburn, and chapped lips from ruining your camping experience, bring with you plenty of chapstick, lotion, and vaseline!

4. Pack Portable Heat

Electricity is provided at some campgrounds, but if you aren’t able to bring along a portable space heater, we recommend securing a candle lantern in a safe place inside your tent. Not only will you be warmer, but this will also help to reduce moisture and condensation!

5. Do Jumping Jacks, Sit Ups, or Take Walks

If your body feels stiff and chilly in the mornings, do your best to quickly emerge from your sleeping bag, and hit the ground running! Jumping jacks, or a short walk, or even cleaning up around the campsite would suffice. The sooner your body is in motion, the sooner you’ll start to warm up.

We hope these tips help you prepare for camping this season! But above all else, always be prepared, and stay safe out there.

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