10 Winter Camping Sleeping Tips

Camping is a great activity to do in cold weather, provided you know how to keep yourself worm and comfortable during the night

When camping during the winter there are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure that you stay warm throughout the night.

It’s important that while you save good bucks on hotels, you still want to go outdoors to enjoy the day.

And the necessary conditions for enjoying your daily activities are good physical and mental shape.

In other words - waking up early morning with the smile of happiness on our faces…..

Gossamer Gear Thinlight 1/4" Insulation Pad seems to be a good choice for winter nights camping....

  1. First thing to do when you set up camp is to select a spot that is protected. You want a campsite that is out of the wind and not in a valley where cold air settles. You want to make sure that you’re at least 50 feet above a valley floor.
  2. Make sure to eat a big dinner filled with a lot of extra calories. Your body will burn through calories quickly as it tries to keep you heated. If need be, keep a couple of snacks in sealed air tight containers to munch on at night.
  3. Limit the amount of fluids that you drink at night. Keep your body hydrated during the day to avoid having to go to the bathroom at night. This will help prevent you from having to go out into the cold air if nature calls. If you have to go, use a labeled pee bottle.
  4. Place an insulated pad between your sleeping bag and the ground. Most people don’t realize that the ground can be just as cold if not colder than the night air. Insulating yourself away from it will help you stay warm at night. 
  5. Just like you dress in layers during the day, you’ll want to do the same thing for when you’re sleeping. Start with an insulated pad, followed by your sleeping bag, a liner, and some sort of half bag depending on how you like to camp. This helps to keep the frost from building up when your warm body hits the cold air.
  6. Help yourself by going for a quick run or doing a couple of sets of jumping jacks before bed. Heating up your body will help your sleeping bag retain some of the heat that you created before jumping into bed.
  7. When you go to bed, make sure to wear a stocking cap to bed. Just like with babies, you want to keep all of the heat that escapes from the top of your head. Also wear lose fitting pajamas to avoid cutting the circulation in your body. You can also wear a sleeping suit or long johns as well.
  8. You’ll also want to make sure that you sleep with your face outside of your sleeping bag. When you exhale, the moisture from your breathe collects inside your bag. Keep your face pointed out while you sleep and cover it with a scarf or a cloth mask to keep it warm.
  9. Also, roll the moisture out of your bag every morning. If you’re able to, open the bag up and leave it out to dry. You can also prevent excessive moisture in your bag by making sure that you don’t overheat. Definitely keep your feet as dry as possible before going to bed. Use dry sleeping socks or brush your feet with foot or baby powder. You want to prevent all chances of frostbite.
  10. If you suffer from cold feet at night, sleep with your feet together in a half bag or an elephant foot. Think of it as mittens but for your feet. Instead of isolating your feet, it combines them together to create warmth. If you don’t have a bag, use a sweater or a jacket wrapped around your feet.

Of course, one of the best ways to stay warm at night is to implement the buddy system. When you’re not able to use the buddy system, using any and all of these tips will help you stay warm throughout the night.

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