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Winter Camping Tips: Keep Warm and Dry

December 20, 2017

Slow Down Mentality During Winter Camping 

During cold and windy season, the whole person is wrapped in multiple layers when camping, whether it is walking or staying, the movement become much slowly, we must hold the "time-consuming" idea of walking slowly like snail.


In winter, with snow bury the foot, the body is packed with a backpack, and worry about slipping while walking in the snow, so hiking time will be longer than usual; even when you have got to the destination, there are other stuff to do, tamp the snow and pitch your  tent, preparing food and hydration. So camping in winter consume more time. With a lot of things and a low temperature, it is necessary to "warm up" to be able to proceed to the next step, so it will be much more difficult, but we must also keep alert all the daytime against constantly changing circumstances and make corresponding adjustments and adaptations.


Campsite Need to be Chosen Carefully 


Campsite should be somewhere of a sheltered place, try to face sunny east, so when the sun rises, it can be directly exposed to the sun. Flat lands or bushes are good campsites, sleeping bags should not be placed directly on the ground in the snow, pine branches and clothes can be laid under the sleeping bag to prevent the body from freezing the ice and cold. Lower inflatable pads, upper foam pad, some foam pads have aluminum foil treatment will effectively reflect your body heat from escaping. With two moisture-proof pad and camping bag sleeping system, you would be to better cushioned and isolated from the harsh element.


Before pitching your camping tent, use a sledge or snowshoe to step out of a flat ground so that you will not fall into soft snow when climbing into a tent. Even if the weather is fine, the tent must be fixed and get as much preparation as possible. After the tent is fixed, the skis, snow sticks and ice axes can be used to enhance the stability of the tent. The backpack can also be placed in the hole of the snow cave for wind protection.


Tips: If the wind or snow during the camping comes from a certain direction, you can use a big canvas to make a wind wall between two solid trees or other stuff available. This will make the tent warmer.


Condensation Phenomenon In Tent Wall


If the temperature difference vary enormously between inside and outdoor of the tent, the condensation phenomenon will appear on the tent. The evaporating drops on the ground will condense into small droplets on the tent, but it has nothing to do with tent product quality. If this happens, we can dry it with a dry towel Room-type tents, if paved with tarpaulin, to a certain extent, to solve the phenomenon of condensation, ventilation improvement can help prevent condensates into being.


Tips: Remember in cold environment, do not seal the tent, otherwise the moisture caused by breathing will not evaporate and condense in the tent wall, forming snow and dripping. Keep the inside of the tent dry.


Insulation Is Top Priority


If not stay in warmth, the feeling of snow camping will be reduced quite a lot, but a have a safe and convenient heater is in demand when you want to keep the body warm. Before going to sleep, the temperature of the stove should be used to raise the temperature inside the tent. It is advisable to keep the body temperature with thicker clothes and blankets. During the day, the stove is placed in the center of the tent for a balance of temperature around, but keep the airflow for fully burnt of the gas and let carbon dioxide out. And by adjusting the sleeping bag at night, the stove should be placed on a safe place, so as not to damage the tent. In maintaining normal body temperature can go to sleep.


If there is no stove, then prepare a temporary hot water bottle, filling hot water into the kettle (careful about the use of a kettle, make sure that it can withstand high temperatures, and water tight), and then pack the kettle with socks, so it can not only be put into the sleeping bag as a heat source , But you can also wake up the next morning with the right temperature of drink water.


Tips: Similarly, this tip can also be used in boots.


Sleeping Bag Using Skills Are Definitely Important


Try not to spare too much space between the sleeping bag and our body, because the more space in between, more heat is needed to keep the body warm, and without any doubt, that heat come from our body, so try to choose sleeping bag that fits your body well. Fill the gap between the body body and sleeping bag with soft clothes, you can have warm layer of clothes to wear when you wake up the next morning, which can not only help reduce the body heat required for energy, but also come up with warmer clothing to wear in the next morning.


Before using the sleeping bag, it should be full fluffy, so the insulation effect is better. If the budget is limited, and you do not want to buy a sleeping bag of more and better filling, you can use two budget sleeping bags to compose of double sleeping bags. Do not bury your face in your sleeping bag when you sleep, as there is only one consequence of this: the moisture caused by breathing condenses on the sleeping bag to reduce the insulation of the sleeping bag.


Tips: press the warm air out of the sleeping bag when you do not use it to prevent the warm vapor from forming condensates in the sleeping bag and make it wet. Fast Food is More Convenient for Winter Camping.


Compared to the summer camping, winter camping may come up with a lot of hardships, especially the physical consumption, so we have to prepare some high-calorie fast food, and the amount must be sufficient, normally one kilogram per person per day, due to the equipment worn in winter More, so simple and quick way to cook is benevolent.


But also to prepare some small snacks, such as chocolate, compressed biscuits, dehydrated fruit, peanut products, easy to get on the place, easy to eat. And before going to sleep at night, some snack should also placed next to the sleeping bag, so you can have food when you feel like eating.


Tips: eat, eat, and eat. To be in love with a chocolate bar (and hot drink), body temperature increases by 30 minutes to an hour after digesting carbohydrates and fats.

Ventilation Is Also Of Top Priority


Ventilation is good for body and mind, and now many tent brands use the design of the snow skirt in order to prevent insects from diving into the tent, although it is very effective in blocking insects in the door, but the ventilation is troublesome. If not particularly afraid of the cold, it is better to open a smaller vent to ventilate. During the use of heating equipment, be sure to open a small vents.


Dry up the Equipment at the End of the Camp Trip


Always keep a set of dry clothes and a pair of socks. Walking all day long, dry clothes are fatal.


Evacuating quickly after the camping trip, go back and then dry up the equipment thoroughly, it is best to be able to sun dry for a few hours, but it also play a role in disinfection.


Tips: Do not wear shoes as you bonfire it, it would only produce water vapor within the shoes, then it will condense into ice when you go out in the snow and walking, prone to frostbite.

Professional Equipment is More Reliable


Professional camping equipment is a better choice for winter camping, safer, more reliable.

1. Night minimum temperature

① night minimum temperature above 25 degrees, you can use fleece sleeping bags, of course, you can also use a thin envelope cotton filling sleeping bag to cover the body, so as not to get cold.

② night minimum temperature higher than 15 degrees, you can use 200-250 g/m2 cotton filling envelope sleeping bag.

③ night minimum temperature is higher than 5 degrees, then you need to use 300 g/m2 cotton filling mummy sleeping bag, or use 400 g/m2 down filling sleeping bag.

④ night minimum temperature is higher than -5 degrees, you need to use 350 -400 grams/ m2 cotton filling mummy sleeping bag. Or use more than 700 g/m2 down filling sleeping bag.

⑤ night minimum temperature is higher than -10 degrees, you need to use 350 grams -400 grams/M2 cotton filling with a mummy sleeping bag plus a fleece sleeping bag liner, in order to get a better warmth. Or use more than 1,000 grams/m2 down filling mummy sleeping bag.

⑥ night minimum temperature higher than -15 degrees, must use more than 1,200 grams/m2 down filling mummy sleeping bag.

⑦ night minimum temperature is higher than -20 degrees, must use more than 1500 grams/m2 down filling sleeping bag.


Sleeping Bag Comfortable Low Temperature

One of the most important indicator of the outdoor sleeping bag is temperature scale, which can also be called a comfortable low temperature. Comfortable low temperature refers to the outside world when the temperature dropped to a specific temperature level, many people will feel very comfortable when they use the sleeping bag, if the temperature drops lower, they will feel cold.

There are 2 ways to identify comfortable low temperature sleeping bags:

① identifies an absolute temperature, such as -10 degrees, indicating that the comfortable low temperature of the sleeping bag is -10 degrees.

② indicate the temperature range, transition from red to yellow or blue, such as red from 5 degrees to -1 degrees to the transition to yellow, at -17 degrees transition to blue. The significance of this temperature is people use it will fell warmer at 5 degrees , appropriate at -1 degrees, feel cold at -17 degrees, the comfort low temperatureof this sleeping bag is -1 degrees.



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