If it’s snowing and you are planning a camping trip, you just need to plan a little more than a normal camping trip. We are going to give you few very important tips for camping in the snow.
A few suggestions to help you survive the snow while enjoying the camping and making sure that the stay is safe and full of fun. You just need to learn to be self-sufficient.
Snow camping can be a really great experience if you are well prepared. You just need to learn how to survive in extreme weather situations and few useful tricks to keep you warm during the camping.
Here are the tips for camping in the snow:
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Regardless of what weather forecasts have to say, you should be prepared for any emergency situations. Pre-planning of is very important to enjoy a successful camping trip. Before leaving, make sure you have a practical plan:
- It is recommended that you go with friends, preferably someone who has experience of snow camping.
- Research thoroughly about the place you intend to visit. The camping area, how long it take to get there and the facilities if they have there any so you can think out any problems that you might encounter
- There’s no harm in getting advice from people who have been there.
- Share your plan with family and friends so they know where you are going to be and are aware of your where abouts.
- Check the weather forecasts to see if it’s safe to plan the trip.
- Always pack cleverly.
- Be prepared for worst scenarios.
The first thing you do is pack when you decide to go camping. You should always pack according to the weather, same goes in case of snow camping.
Wear warm clothes and pack clothes that will keep you warm. A jacket, socks, caps, goggles even warm underwear. Keep one or two pairs of gloves with you because you need to keep your hands warm in case if one gets wet. Layering up is the key to survival here.
The base layer is basically a second skin. Merino wool fabrics or synthetic are best for the base layer. In snow camping, it’s recommended that you wear two base layers.
Mid layer acts as an insulator. Its main purpose is to preserve the body heat. In the case of snow camping, fleece shirts, jackets, pants are recommended
Outer layer must be water proof, wind proof to protect you from the weather. In case you get wet, you can take this layer off so that everything else remains unharmed.
Comfortable boots are a must so boots that are water proof and snow trekking or skiing boots are recommended.
The other essential that you need to pack are:
- First aid kit
- Emergency shelter
- Extra food and clothes
- Torch or light
- Repairing tools
- Sun block
Choosing the Campsite
Choosing the right campsite can be a bit tricky. Looking for a flat surface and where is not under ridge tops. Camp somewhere less windy and where the sunlight comes directly to keep your tent warm.
Avoid camping directly under the trees because in case it snows overnight, they can be overweighed which can cause breaking of your tent poles. You can also take a wind breaker with you for setting up your camp.
You must look for landmarks in case you need help finding your camp in the dark or in case of a snow storm. Also, search for a water source and choose the campsite near it.
Food Options in Snow Camping
For cooking, you should take a liquid stove with you in snow camping. Check the performance of the stove before leaving for camping.
The cooking area should be somewhere covered from the wind. You can even make a kitchen by shoveling a little area where you can place seats or a table. A foam seat pad is recommended to keep you warm while eating.
When you’re outdoors camping, hiking or skiing you are spending a huge amount of energy. So you need to pack food accordingly to keep your energy level up. You should consume fats, proteins and carbohydrates that supply energy.
Also, prefer ready to cook food because it will take less time to cook. Keep yourself hydrated enough so drink copious amount of water. Always pack food and clothing for emergency situations and for worst scenarios.
There are a lot of options available in the market for insulated sleeping bags. Opt for water resistant sleeping bag. If you have a lighter sleeping bag and you want to take it with you then sleep with your warm clothes on.
In winters to have both insulation and cushioning, you can use two full-length sleeping pads and sleep liners that will add another layer. Insulation is the best way to keep you warm in the snow.
Snow Safety Gear
To cope up with weather situation there are a few things you might need during your snow camping expedition.
Snow shovel is a must in winter camping. It can be used for several purposes like snow digging, leveling your tent surface or gathering snow for melting.
Snow saw is another tool that you may need if you are planning to make an igloo or a snow cave. It can also come handy to evaluate the stability of slope for determining avalanche risk. Avoiding avalanche areas is the safest bet when it comes to snow camping.
Hygienein Snow Camping
As a responsible camper and hiker, you must abide by basic hygiene rules.
- The distance between camp and trail or water source should be at least 200m
- You should have toilet paper with you. Plastic bags are available for this purpose.
- If there are trees and bushes near your campground, then prefer to bury the mess there.
- Keep a hand sanitizer with you.
Body wastes can be taken care of using sanitary kits so try to use a neutralizer and sanitizer.
Health Precautions for Snow Camping
You need to take health measures for a few basic health conditions of winters. To avoid hypothermia (which is a condition in which the temperature of your body decreases) you need to keep warm and dry body.
Also eating and drinking properly help too. You should carry a hot water bottle with you for remedy.Altitude sickness can cause a major damp on your trip if you don’t take basic measures.
This condition is basically caused by being in a low pressure and high altitude environment. If this happens then you should move to lower altitude for a few days.
You need to look out for frostbiting too. Frostbiting is basically freezing of tissues that usually occur on toes, fingers, nose and face. Staying warm and dehydrated is the best way to avoid this altogether. Bandages can be applied on the affected area if this happens.
So these are a few very important and necessary tips for snow camping. I hope that this post will help you in your snow camping adventures. If you liked our post then do share it with other camping folks and if you have any kind of suggestions, then don’t forget to comment!