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Bundling Up: Camping in the Winter


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In Texas, temperatures rarely drop anywhere to make winter camping dangerous. But comfort, on the other hand, is another story. Before you head out for your first winter camping trip, make sure you’re following these five guidelines:

Pack Clothes in Layers

Many of our winter days start off on the chilly side and gradually warm up as the day goes on. That can make outfit planning rather complicated! But instead of going for specific outfits, pack in layers. When it warms up in the afternoon you can shed your flannel and enjoy the cool breeze through your t-shirt!

Pack Spare Hats and Gloves

You never know who might forget their hat and gloves, or if you might lose your own! If you don’t have gloves, try mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves because they keep all of your fingers together, and the body heat radiates. And covering our heads in the cold does wonders for keeping us warm!

Pack the Correct Sleeping Pad

If you feel like your sleeping pad isn’t cutting it and the cold from the ground is ripping right through, try lying on top of a down jacket, or other clothes. Dirty clothes would be best, obviously.

Bring an Adequate Sleeping Bag

It’s definitely wise to bring a sleeping bag that’s adequate for winter camping! There’s nothing worse than being cold throughout the night. So make sure your sleeping bag will withstand the cold and keep you plenty warm!

Camp by Candlelight

Hang a lantern inside of your tent. Utilize the lighting, enjoy the ambiance, and of course- the lantern will help your tent to stay warm through the night. Lanterns have many uses!

We hope these tips help you prepare for your winter camping trip! And as always, happy camping, and stay warm out there on Lake LBJ!


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