Camping in the warmer times of the year is great and all, but there’s just something special about camping in the winter. While everyone is running indoors to bundle up and get cozy near the fireplace, you’re headed off into the wilderness to enjoy the crisp air and the freshness that only the winter offseason can bring. And it’s usually all yours to enjoy.
The thing is, most people tend to camp in the summer and early fall to avoid the cold. Since most people are cooped up indoors during the winter, you’ll almost feel as if Mother Nature is all yours to enjoy, only sharing its beauty with your possible camping partner(s) and the animals of the wild.
Winter also brings about some great opportunities for sightseeing and hunting alike. Evergreen trees are dusted with snow, rivers are half-frozen and glistening, flat land is powdered with a thin layer of snow, and mountains are capped with white. For hunting, it’s much easier to detect wild game in the winter as well. Tracks are easily visible in the white ground, elk and deer are grouped in larger and visible herds, and birds are hovering around the open-air above non-frozen waters.
However, let’s face it––winter camping does come with its own list of challenges to face. For starters, depending on where you live, the winter can mean single-digit temperatures and foot-deep snow that are sure to have your teeth chattering.
Because of this, it’s important to make sure that you have the right gear handy so you can withstand the bitter cold of the winter season. We’re here to help. Let’s take a look at the best gear to pack for your winter camping trips. This is the only checklist you’ll ever need.
When you’re camping off the grid for some time, it’s important to have a source of power for all of your gear. No, this isn’t an excuse to be on your phone the whole time, but the power station is great to have in case of emergencies (like recharging your lamp). This all-in-one portable power station by Rockpals includes three USB ports and three easy ways to be recharged.
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Sure, gloves are great but have you ever tried electric heated gloves? Electric heated gloves are just as effective as they sound––they come with a built-in 3.7V lithium-ion battery that heats up the gloves to provide up to 6.8 hours of comfortable heat so you can withstand the bite of the cold. Paxcess’ heated gloves have three adjustable temperatures and fingertip touch screen display function so you can use your phone if needed.
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#3: Heated Vest
Just like the heated gloves, the heated vest works to keep your body nice and warm regardless of the single-digit temperatures of winter. Not only does it keep your body warm (with three temperature settings), it also serves as a USB charger to keep your most important gear powered up while you’re out in the winter wilderness.
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#4: Portable Camping Stove
There’s nothing better than some fresh hot soup and a cup of freshly brewed coffee, enjoyed right outside of your tent on a mountainside. To prepare your meals and that cup of coffee, you’re going to need a portable camping stove. It also helps to melt the snow.
#5: Heating Mattress Pad
No matter what you do, it’s hard to keep warm in your tent during the winter night. However, a heating mattress pad is a game-changer that blows your average sleeping bag out of the water. As the name implies, a heating mattress pad keeps your mattress warmed up through the night for a nice and comfortable sleep.
People tend to forget about the potential to get sunburn and other skin ailments, especially when camping high up in the mountains where the sun is less filtered by clouds. Dermatone is an all-around skincare solution that protects your nose, lips, and earlobes from sunburn, dryness, and frostbite while keeping your extremities warmer as well.
#7: Thermal Insulation
Aside from the moments when you’re fishing, hunting, or exploring the winter wonderland around you, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your tent. Instead of going from the cold outdoors to an equally cold tent indoors, having thermal insulation will help keep your tent warm so you can escape the cold for a moment or two. You’ll enjoy a cozier sleep, too.