The chief difference with seasonal camping is the weather, and the gear that you will need for the colder temperatures when camping in the winter months. As long as you make a plan and grab everything on your winter camping checklist before leaving the house, however, you shouldn't have any problems with winter camping, and you should be able to enjoy yourself in the cold outdoors.
Winter Camping Checklist IdeasThis is by no means a complete winter camping checklist, but these are at leas the essential items you will need to spend the night in the cold outdoors.
- Winter Tent - Whether or not you need a winter tent on your winter camping checklist will depend a lot on the kind of weather you are expecting. If you're heading somewhere where there's a chance of wind, snow and other ugly winter weather, it is a good idea to bring along a four season tent. The extra reinforcement and better waterproofing that four season tents typically have will be important for fending off winter weather.
- Winter Sleeping Bag - A winter sleeping bag is a must for any winter camping checklist. Not getting a good sleep can make an otherwise enjoyable winter camping trip a frustrating experience, and there is no quicker way to get frustrated than to spend the whole night shivering. Leave your summer sleeping bag at home and pick up a sleeping bag meant for winter conditions. You will be glad you did.
- Winter Sleeping Pad - Campers tend to lose a lot of their body heat in to the ground when they sleep, which is why it is a good idea to include a winter sleeping pad on your winter camping checklist. The extra insulation that a winter sleeping pad provides will help keep you warm on cold nights.
- Footwear - If you plan to spend your time winter camping around camp and the campfire then footwear isn't such a big concern. If you plan to do a little hiking and exploring, however, winter hiking boots are a good idea. Hiking snowshoes might also be a good idea if you're heading somewhere with plenty of snow.
- Insulating Layers - You will be able to stay plenty warm around the campfire, but for those times when you are out and about it pays to have a few extra insulating layers available. Down garments are always a good choice, and Japanese manufacturer Mont Bell is known for making excellent down garments. Their down jacket (women's version) and down pants (women's version) are great for keeping your whole body warm in winter weather conditions, and should be a must on your winter camping checklist.