Tips for winter camping

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If you’re a keen camper and want to keep going through the winter season it is possible, if not quite as easy as in the summer. Here are some tips to bear in mind.

Plan ahead
Scout out camping locations well ahead of time. Days are much shorter in the winter so you don’t want to be stuck out in the cold and dark. Know where you’re aiming for.
Check the weather forecast ahead of time, but be prepared for the worst the region has to offer. We all know the weather forecast isn’t 100% accurate, but if storms are forecast make sure you have all of the necessary gear and a safe place to camp or think about heading to a hostel for the night.

Be ready for emergencies
This should go without saying, but it’s better to be prepared for the worst that to be caught out. There are some absolute essentials which will vary depending on the nature of your trip, but things like a first aid kit and a sleeping bag are a must for every trip. An extra layer if it turns colder than expected would be useful too.

Navigation
Make sure you have a clear way to navigate be it a map and compass or GPS. Bad weather can make landmarks difficult to recognise and snow can cover paths. It’s a good failsafe to make sure someone knows where you are heading in case something goes wrong.

A warm meal
If you have space its always useful to carry some things to make your trip more comfortable and pleasant. Our self-heating meals are a convenient way to have a hot meal with minimum effort at the end of a long day. Our adventure packs come with the meal of your choice, a hot pack flameless heater, a sachet of water for heater activation and a plastic spoon.