Whether you camp in winter, spring or fall, one of the factors that can ruin an outdoor adventure is the cold, especially when you sleep! Stay warm on your next camping trip by trying some of the tips below:
10. The choice of the camping site is important
- Select a sheltered campsite and ventilate your tent well.
- Set up your tent on the valley ground and off other low areas where cold air sets in. A good rule is to be about 50 feet above the valley level.
- Set up your tent in a place sheltered from the wind. This will help you when night comes.
9. Opt for a space blanket
Use a space blanket to reflect heat back to you. Most people just think about these emergency covers. Simply attach it to the ceiling of your tent with tape to reflect much of the heat inside the tent.
8. A good quality sleeping bag
- Make sure you have a good quality sleeping bag at nominal temperature.
- You can also add a lining to your sleeping bag to increase its warmth.
- Eliminate moist air from your bag every morning when you get up, then let it open until it cools the air temperature.
7. An insulating pad
- Use a good insulating pad between you and the floor. Studies have shown that what you have under you is more important to keep you warm than what is above you.
- Sleep cushions provide more insulation than air mattresses, which are filled with cold air on cold nights. An air mattress offers no insulation between you and the cold air inside it.
- If you want more comfort and warmth, you can put safety cushions on an air mattress.
6. You need to have dry feet for a pleasant night
Make sure your feet are as dry as possible before going to bed. This can be done by having a pair of dry socks in your bag, for sleeping only. Even slightly damp socks can cause you to lose a lot of heat.
5. Avoid humidity to the maximum
- Keep your nose and mouth outside your sleeping bag. Your breath contains a large amount of moisture that can cause moisture to be absorbed into the sleeping bag while you sleep.
To keep your face warm, wear a balaclava or wrap a scarf around your face.
4. Wearing a hat in bed?
Wear a hat in bed: much of your body heat is lost through your head.
3. An elephant’s foot
If your feet are cold, sleep with your feet together in an elephant’s foot or half a bag.
2. Stick together to warm up
Go to bed warm. Warm up by doing a short hike around the campground or use the old method of huddling with someone.
1. Moisturize yourself
Stay hydrated during the day and avoid drinking lots of fluids at night so you don’t have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and lose all the heat from the tent.