Camping in the Winter: 5 Things You Need To Know

Posted June 27, 2022 by in Lifestyle
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Just because summer is here does not mean it is too early to start thinking about your next winter camping trip!

In fact, camping in the winter can provide you with some incredible memories and let you see the stunning landscape of this country in a whole new light. Plus, with a luxury RV to provide you with all the warmth and comfort of home, there really is nothing more magical to close out the end of 2022.

But camping in winter is much different than camping in the summer. The temperatures are colder, the daylight is less and you need to be prepared to embrace harsher elements. Of course, all this is completely worth it in the end.

If you go on the camping trip knowing what to expect, then you will be sure to have a wonderful time! That is why we are rounding up all the things you need to know when you are preparing to go camping this winter. From what to wear to tricks on staying warm, we share advice that has helped make other camper winter trips magical and memorable.

Here are all the things you need to know for your camping trip this winter!

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1. Dress in Layers

Wearing layers is one of the most essential things to do when camping in the cold. Staying warm will come down to having the right layers on that keep you feeling cozy but equally prevent you from sweating too much. You should have at least one set of extreme cold-weather gear in case a crazy storm rolls through where you are.

But you should also invest in quality winter camping clothes made of merino and have vents strategically placed so you still have great airflow.

You should also consider wearing layers to bed too. This is when it can get the coldest and you will want to really make sure that you can get a good night’s sleep. Nothing quite ruins a camping trip like a sleepless night because you can not stop shivering!

2. Bring the Right Camping Gear

Even if you are camping in a luxury RV, you will want to take time to ensure you are bringing all the right gear with you before you depart for the camping trip. This means that you will want to bring a ton of blankets and even consider a sleeping bag too. The best-insulated sleeping bags are down and will have either an “extreme” or “comfort” rating. This is great to layer into your bed so that you can really snuggle up and sleep well.

You should also consider bringing lithium batteries for your lights and other items that requie batteries. This is because the colder it gets, the quicker normal batteries tend to die. Lithium batteries are known to last the longest even in the cold and will help ensure that you always have light when you need it. But of course bring back up batteries too, as it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared!

3. Get Ready to Cook

One of the best ways to really make a winter camping trip feel magical is cooking up some delicious camping food that warms you up and equally tastes delicious. If you have a kitchen in your RV, then you should make sure you have gas for your stovetop and of course, have brought along some hot chocolate and marshmallows too.

Your body is also going to naturally burn more calories when you are in cold temperatures, so don’t shy away from eating hearty meals like pasta! Also, a benefit of camping in the winter is that your perishable foods are going to naturally last longer so you can bring more items like meat and cheese with you.

4. Bring the Snow Toys

One of the biggest reasons to go camping in the winter is to have fun outdoor adventures in the snow during the day! So make sure that you bring your outdoor snow toys like skis, snowboards, tubes, and of course your snow clothing too!

How magical will it be to wake up at sunrise and be one of the first people on the slopes for the day? Camping in the winter lets you park up right next to the numerous mountain ranges throughout the country and allows you to adventure through some of the most remote areas that do not even have hotels!

5. Bring Safety Equipment

Just like you would want to do during the summer as well, it is super important to bring safety gear for the winter too. This especially means having the right equipment should you find yourself stuck in an avalanche. Make sure you have an avalanche transceiver, a probe, and a snow shovel. It is better to be safe than sorry in this instance!


With winter quickly approaching, where will you be going on your next winter camping trip?

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