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TIPS FOR COLD-WEATHER CAMPING


Pass the hot chocolate. You already know that camping during late fall or winter can be chilly, but here you are. Your campsite is reserved, your partner is excited to go, and the kids can’t wait for the adventure. But all you’re thinking about is how cold it is going to be. Cold weather camping can be enjoyable for any family. All you need to know is how to make hot chocolate outside and the basics of cold weather.


PROTECTION


Tents


Tents are important because they provide shelter and keep out bugs as well as damp moisture in the early morning. For camping with two people, a 2-person tent is sufficient. However, for camping with kids, you’ll want at least a 4-person tent.


Sunscreen and Insect Repellent


Protection from the sun and insects for you and your baby is the final step that you need to remember. Always bring sunscreen and bug spray for protection. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that there won’t be bugs or sunburns.


INSULATION


For insulation purposes, you’ll need to remember the right clothing, sleeping bag and sleeping pad so you can stay warm during those colder evenings when the temperatures dip.


Sleeping Bag


Besides clothing, your next most important set of gear is your family’s sleeping bags. This will keep your family warm throughout the night and early morning.


Your priority when considering sleeping bags should be the temperature rating. Ratings are simple. If the low for the night is going to be 35, you’ll need a 35-degree sleeping bag. If the low for the night is going to be 17, you’ll need a rating under 20. It’s also important to understand that women’s bags are warmer than men’s bags since men tend to sleep warmer. So, you may need to get your own women’s bag.

The best way to stay warm would be to get a one-size-fits-all sleeping bag for you and your family.


Sleeping Pad


The final step in insulation is a sleeping pad. Sleeping pads are great for cold weather camping because they provide warm insulation from the cold ground. If you choose to bring a duo sleeping bag, your best bet is to go with a duo sleeping pad. If you have singular sleeping bags, definitely bring an insulated sleeping pad.


Clothing


The most important part of cold weather camping is to remember layers for clothing. My go-to piece for late fall or winter weather is a sweater fleece pullover. My final layer, especially during early mornings or at night, is an ultralight down hooded jacket. I recommend that the kids have theirs too. If you’re camping with a baby or toddler, it’s crucial that you keep your child’s head warm with a hat and feet covered with warm socks

NOURISHMENT


Making sure your family has enough nourishment for the trip will keep everyone happy, especially when it comes to hot chocolate.


Food

For cooking while car camping, a camp stove is highly efficient. Hot chocolate is highly recommended, especially for camping with kids.

NECESSITIES

Backpacks,

For hiking and camping experiences with your baby and family, safety should always be your priority. Don’t leave home without an adventure medical kit:


Wound Care

  • Antiseptic Wipe

  • Easy Access Bandages

  • Sterile Gauze Dressing

  • Tape

Blister

  • Moleskin

  • Alcohol Wipe

Medications

  • Insect Sting Relief Pad

Other

  • Water

  • Carabiner



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