The weather has turned, its officially Winter, but that doesn’t mean camping season is over. In fact, the cooler weather allows you to explore the outdoors without the usual summer crowds.
But camping in winter does require careful planning, as an under-prepared winter camping trip can turn unpleasant very quickly. Even in Australia!
And while it is beautiful, it’s also very, very cold.
So, what do we need to equip ourselves with before setting out on a winter camping expedition? To answer that question we’ve created the 7 Simple tips for camping in winter.
1. Choosing the right shelter & bedding
If you’re travelling light, a swag is always a great way to sleep in the great outdoors. If using a swag, set up a tarp to keep the rain and snow out in a downpour or heavy snow storm. A tarp is one of the most useful and versatile items you can take on any camping trip. Camping in the rain doesn’t have to suck, just make sure you come prepared for the conditions to change.
2. Camp cooking in cold weather
At low temperatures, butane gas canisters can freeze up making them useless, so use a larger, liquid-fuel camp stove because they tend to be more reliable and easier to light.
3. Dressing for winter camping
Layering is key to keeping warm on any outdoor expedition. A three layer system should help you stay warm and dry unless you are camping at extremely high altitudes where a four layer system is necessary.
Waterproof, breathable gear is essential in winter.
4. Keeping things dry
Think about how you are going to keep things dry during your trip. Keep items like toilet paper in a ziplock bag; keep matches in a plastic airtight container, and don’t forget to always keep a spare set of warm dry clothes in a drybag so that you can get warm quickly if you happen to get soaked to the bone. And always keep some duct tape on hand: the applications are endless (think holes in tents).
5. We love solar, but…
Solar powered devices are great, but there might not be as much sun around this time of year. A safer bet is to stick to regular battery powered torches and devices — just don’t forget to take a good stash of spare batteries with you.
There you have it: some great tips on how to choose and use your camping gear in cold weather. Now you know what gear you need, get out there and make your winter camping trip one to remember — for all the right reasons.