Outdoor Sports Center
Dec
31

Are you ready to experience some great winter camping?

Camper in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterWinter camping time is here as the true lovers and veterans have begun to get out and enjoy the season. For the less experienced camper, however, winter camping can appear a bit daunting. There are some survival strategies that will help and will allow you to get the most from your winter camping experience. The winter is a great time as the campgrounds and national parks are far less crowded which means a huge opportunity for those hearty souls willing brave the more severe conditions.

  1. More than experience, it is the right gear for the specific conditions you will face that will be the pivotal key to your success and enjoyment. Whether you are heading out to tent it or preparing your RV, where you want to go and what you want to do will be important to your planning.
  2. The winter weather, aside from the obvious cold, can be unpredictable. Snowstorms could move in on you at any time so you must be prepared properly. Part of this preparation is, of course, to check ahead regarding the weather in the area you will be. Also, choosing a spot to camp will depend on how far away you want to go, what activities you will want to enjoy, and your level of experience. Wilderness camping is not for the feint of heart or for rookies so plan your destination with care.
  3. Clothing and equipment are your next considerations. The warmest clothing you can have is always the best way to go. Special thermal underwear and socks as well as well insulated and rugged boots are a must. Also, it shouldn’t be necessary to mention how often people fail to pack gloves. Always dress in layers for added warmth and protection and have sleeping bags rated for the conditions.
  4. You must winterize your pop up camper or your RV. You don’t want anything to freeze especially your water lines. Without your water supply, you will be hard pressed. Also, needless to say, make sure your heater is working in your RV before you leave the driveway.
  5. Take along plenty of firewood or your chainsaw and ax to scour for dead branches and trees once you are at your campsite. In snow covered areas, searching for wood on the ground can be a challenge so bring plenty with you.
  6. Think warm when meal planning. Hot soups and stews will lighten your spirits as well as hot coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Finally, don’t forget the entertainment such as novels, cards, games and puzzle books. A winter camping experience can be a memorable adventure when you leave prepared.