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Winter camping advice

It’s that time of year again. Spring is just around the corner, despite the late winter storms. The next two months will be great for camping as the weather will still be cool and the abundant wildlife will still be in hibernation. Now is the time to hit the trails and enjoy the last bit of winter camping.

Depending on where you are in the country the climate will probably determine whether you set out for a camping adventure in the good old RV, or rough it out in the woods. Regardless of how you enjoy the great outdoors, make the most of your camping trip.

If you are a little more adventurous and camp in a tent, here are a few tips to staying warm.

  1. Buy a good a sleeping bag. Cutting costs and purchasing a discount sleep system will leave you shivering in your socks. Spend the money and invest in a weather rated sleeping bag appropriate for the climate.

  2. Sleep lightly. Once you have purchased a good, weather rated sleeping bag, don’t bundle up like the kid in “A Christmas Story” to go to sleep. Let the sleeping bag keep you warm. If you wear too much clothing in a good sleeping bag, you will sweat during the night. That sweat will then make you very cold in the low winter temperatures. Warming up at this point will prove to be a difficult task.

  3. Bag warmers. For those campsites that make you shiver just thinking about it, purchase disposable bag heaters. These little heaters can be put inside your sleeping bag to help you stay warm and only cost a few dollars apiece. A small little heater can keep you warm in a big way.

  4. Build a good fire. A fire is warming in so many ways. It lifts the spirits, warms the body, and is the center of a family campsite. With this in mind, make sure the tent is far enough away from the fire so sparks will not set the tent ablaze. This may sound like a no brainer, but you would be surprised. Fortunately, many tents now are flame resistant.

These were just a few simple methods to stay warm during a winter camping trip. If you have any more ideas, please share them in the comments section below.

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