Friday, November 4, 2016

Making Camping A Year-Round Activity: Essential Items For A Winter Break

Are you a camping fan? Do you jump at the chance to get out and about and set up camp somewhere far from civilization? Camping is often regarded as a summer vacation option. But if you pack wisely and prepare thoroughly, you can make it a year-round activity. If you’re thinking of fitting in a few days away before the holidays, here are some essential items to take with you.

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If you’re freezing cold all the time, this is going to take the shine off your outdoor adventure. No matter how stunning the scenery, shivering will affect morale, and it could be dangerous for your health. Before you go away, make sure you have suitable clothing with you. Base layers are a good place to start. Pack thermals to wear under sweaters and fleeces. You’ll also need a heavyweight, waterproof jacket. You may need thermals to go under your trousers. Add hats, scarves and gloves for added warmth. Depending on what activities you’re doing, you may also need specialist shoes. If you’re going walking on ice sheets or scaling snowy peaks, for example, you may need crampons.

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You never know what’s going to happen on a camping trip. The likelihood is that you’ll have a fantastic time without any hitches at all. But there is always a risk of accidents and adverse weather conditions. Make sure you have a first aid kit with you. Before you set off, check that your kit is fully stocked. Take a backpack out with you if you’re hiking, fishing or climbing. You’ll need a water bottle, a whistle, and a high visibility vest. It’s also wise to take a compass and a map with you. You can’t rely on phone signal out in the sticks. If you’re planning a full day out, take high-energy snacks with you.

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If you’re camping in winter, you’ve got a few options available to you. The best way to travel in style and keep warm is to hire or buy an RV. This way, you can kill two birds with one stone. You’ve got transport sorted, and a roof over your head. If this isn’t a viable option, you could consider hiring out a log cabin or lodge for a weekend. Alternatively, you can pitch a tent and set up a campfire. If you’re sleeping in a tent, make sure you wear layers and have a thick sleeping bag. Don’t forget about your head or your feet. These are the areas you lose most body heat, so consider wearing a hat and socks at night. Pitch your tent angled towards the direction the sun rises. This will ensure that you get the morning rays as early as possible.

Camping in the winter can be more hazardous than in the warmer months. But it’s a fantastic way to escape it all, and see nature at its best. If you can brave the cold, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views and tranquility. If you’re an intrepid type, take these tips on board for a wonderful winter break.

Happy Trails,
Tim and Robin