When it comes to camping in the winter, winter survival skills can prove to be extremely useful and beneficial. When we think of camping and spending a prolonged amount of time outdoors, we generally envisage images of hot summer weather, in which the sun beams down on us, temperatures remain firmly in double digits, and it stays light for much of the day. Whilst summer is most certainly the most popular season to go camping, and indeed, to do any form of outdoor activity, there are some of us who will prefer to camp in the winter, or perhaps, will have no choice but to camp in the winter, and that is when you need to really get serious and know your stuff. Winter survival skills are easy to acquire, they don’t take much learning, and they could potentially save your life, so for those reasons, here’s a look at a few tips for cold weather camping.
Get a Fire Going Right Away
When we think of the winter, if we were in a Hollywood movie, the weather would probably be extremely snowy with heavy blizzards and ice. Although here in the UK, we do get our fair share of snow and ice, compared to some parts of the world, our winters are far more likely to be cold, wet, grey, and windy, which can make it tricky to get a fire going. As the wood is likely to be waterlogged and soaked through, you should ideally pack some dry kindling, tinder, and small logs to help get a fire going. Pack lighters and matches, and gather plenty of wood that would be suitable to burn. Using your dry wood get a fire going and stack the damp wood next to it, so that it can dry out. The more wood you can dry out and feed onto the fire, the hotter and larger it will become, so the more wood you will be able to dry. Your fire will be your primary source of warmth, so make it large and warm, and make sure it is protected from wet weather.
Keep Hands and Feet Warm
Never neglect your feet or your hands, as they will feel the cold easier than other parts of your body, and if they feel cold, the rest of your body will feel cold. Wear specially insulated socks and gloves, pack spares just in case, and wear several layers just to be sure.
In the summer, we sweat and feel the heat and so obviously we feel the need to drink more water than usual. In the winter, as it’s cold, we can often not feel as thirsty, and we may not notice ourselves sweating and losing fluids, which could then lead to dehydration. Drink plenty of clean water, and keep your fluid levels topped up.
Make Sure You Have Enough Food
As you’ll be on a planned camping trip, you hopefully will have packed food and won’t feel the need to try to forage or kill your food in the wild. Even so, in cold weather, your body burns more calories to simply maintain itself, so you will need to consume more food than usual. Obviously foods rich in carbohydrates, like tins of beans, are great, as they can be cooked over your fire relatively quickly. Whatever you pack, always pack extra, just in case.
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