How to Go Winter Camping


Camping in the winter is different in a lot of aspects because you are going to be in a situation where you would have to survive the cold while enjoying your time. For those who are very adventurous and want to know more about how to camp during winter, you are going to learn a lot about what you need to do from this post.

You cannot go out there unprepared because there is always a danger of experiencing hypothermia if you do not have appropriate protection against the cold.

Things you need to know about winter camping

You should have a waterproof shell on

If you plan to start a campfire for whatever reason, make sure that your wardrobe is not going to be ruined in case fire touches it. Using wool is ideal because it is natural and resistant to fire. Do not use down jackets because they do not provide enough protection against fire.

Research the area where you are going to camp


Observe the trail and road conditions by looking for reviews from people who have been to the area. You can do a search online to find out what people have to say about the area. Find out if there are emergency centers available nearby.

When camping on the snow, make sure that the area is not going to be hit an avalanche in case it occurs. You will find avalanche forecasts about the area and pick another spot if needed.

Boiling the snow as water source

You don’t need to bring water filters because the best way to get drinkable water is by boiling snow. It is not true that glacier or snow is sterile and snowflakes form small bits that are bits of dust which are bacteria found in the atmosphere.

Use a 4-season tent

These are heavier than 3-season tents because they can withstand wind and snow even better. Buy a dome-shaped tent that comes with extra-long poles and guy lines to make it more stable during conditions that are very windy.

Getting a tent made of solid fabric instead of mesh and that has two doors for easier access is better. There should also be a big vestibule for cooking and storing wet gear.

Flip your water overnight

If you brought a big container for storing water, turn it upside down during the night. You need to do this because ice forms from the top going down which is why you need to keep the spout facing down so it won’t get frozen. Providing insulation for the container can be combined with this.

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Don’t forget your map and compass


These are two of the most important things you need to have with you especially when camping in the snow. You are going to trek and weather conditions can interrupt the trail and the accessibility of some areas. Using a compass and a map will help you find your way no matter what happens.

Lithium batteries

This is what you need to use when powering up your gadgets. Lithium batteries perform better under cold conditions compared to alkaline or NimH batteries. Their battery life is 3 times longer, they are lighter, flat-shaped, and curvy.

Don’t go camping in the snow alone

Even if nature is so tempting to explore alone, you never know what you will encounter. This is why you should always have a friend to join you and enjoy the adventure as well. Going camping with a group is also great because each person can contribute a skill they have to make camping more enjoyable for all of you.

Use a vapor barrier liner for sleeping bags

This is done if you are going to camp for more than a week. The condensation that comes from your body can freeze inside the layers of your sleeping bag that are on the upper part because the freezing and warm air meet there which can cause your sleeping bag to become really frozen.

You will not be able to sleep in them comfortably and you would have to use a hammer to defrost the frozen ice from it.

Plan your food and drink


Since the temperature is low and you’ll be burning a lot of calories during your camping trip, like doing activities around the campsite, you are going to need foods that are high in energy and warm drinks is the best way to go.

Your food should be composed of 50% carbohydrates because they keep you warm once they are converted to energy which happens quickly with carbohydrates.

30% of the food you packed should be high in fat because they take longer to convert into simple sugars because it is able to generate heat over time to keep you warm longer.

Protein should be 20% of your food when camping in the winter and they are very good for fighting against hunger and helps in repairing muscle tissues that get worn out during your activities.

Never ever forget your liquids even when you are surrounded by snow because you can still get affected by dehydration. You want to have warm drinks because it is very cold and your body needs to stay warm.

Use candlelight

Having a candle lantern inside your tent that is hung on a safe spot is great for keeping the whole tent warm during cold winter nights. You can easily use a towel to get rid of condensation when you are using a candle lantern.


When camping in the winter, make sure to take extra safety precautions because the trails can be slippery and there is a tendency for you to freeze to death if you do not know how to prepare yourself.

The most important thing is to keep yourself warm, hydrated, and you need to avoid hunger to keep your body warm. Plan your trip well and do not neglect the very important details that you need to do so you will be ready for anything.

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Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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