Winter, after all, presents a few unique challenges to a camper that need to be mitigated for with camping equipment. Snow storms, for instance, can get ugly fast, and your summer camping equipment will quickly become inadequate. This can make your winter camping experience both unpleasant and potentially dangerous.
For that reason, it is always best to go in to the outdoors in the colder months prepared, with winter camping equipment.
Winter Camping Equipment EssentialsHere are a few essential winter camping equipment picks. You may need more or less, depending on the winter conditions in your area, but this list should at least get you pointed in the right direction.
- Winter Sleeping Bag - A winter sleeping bag is probably the most important piece of winter camping equipment that you can bring with you. Camping is never fun if you don't get a good night's sleep, and shivering all night is a sure fire way to not get much sleep. Do yourself a favor and leave your summer sleeping bag at home. Pick up a sleeping bag with a temperature rating suited to the kind of winter conditions that you are going in to.
- Winter Tent - To protect you in your winter sleeping bag at night, another essential piece of winter camping equipment is a winter tent. Though a summer tent may do the trick for some winter campers, if there is a chance that the weather could turn ugly, if you are going to be camping for several days and cant trust a long term forecast, for instance, then you should plan for bad weather. A four season tent will better protect you against wind, rain and snow, and let you get some sleep at night.
- Winter Sleeping Pad - The final piece of winter camping equipment you will need to get a decent night's sleep is a winter sleeping pad. Winter sleeping pads typically come with a layer of foam or even down insulation on the better models, which traps and reflects the body heat that you would normally lose in to the ground at night. It helps boost the insulating properties of your sleeping bag, and if you are a cold sleeper, or your sleeping bag is only just warm enough for the conditions you are heading in to, then a winter sleeping pad is definitely a good idea.
- Footwear - Good footwear wont be as necessary if you plan to stick close to the campfire for the entire camping trip, but that's never any fun, and a real winter camping experience wouldn't be complete without a little hiking and exploring. For that, you will need some good footwear. More specifically, some winter hiking boots that will keep your feet both dry and warm. Also consider a pair of hiking snowshoes to add a little novelty to your explorations.