Who said summer is the only time for camping adventures? Winter is just as good (with significantly less insects!), getting cozy by the fire. To get you inspired for your own winter adventure, here's a collection of tips and tricks to ensure you're cozy and comfy!
We should probably point out, these are tips for winter camping in an Australian winter, which while cold, doesn't get a lot of snow!
1. The right tent
Obviously you'll need a tent with a waterproof fly! If you've ever camped without one, you know it's the worst to wake up to damp sleeping bags, clothes, pillows...everything! So make sure you've got the perfect tent for the right amount of people and gear. If you can afford to splurge a little, these glamping tents are amazing!
2. Rug up!
A little obvious that you'd want to be warm and rugged up, but we suggest dressing in layers, particularly if you're going for hike! It's much easier to remove a layer than it is to add to a big coat. Thick socks, beanies and even a pair of gloves are also great for staving off the cold morning or evening air.
3. Early to Bed, Early to Rise!
Rise with the sun, especially if you're on the move. Don't forget that it gets darker earlier so if you've got to set up the tent at a new site, you'll want to do it while you can still see! This also allows you to make the most of the daylight and get where you are going safely.
4. Snuggle Up
A good down sleeping bag is key. You may even want a different sleeping bag to the one you use when camping in summer. There are a variety of sleeping bags for various climates, so if you are planning on heading to the snow and trying your luck camping, be sure to get the right sleeping bag.
5. Get Toastie
A fire is always great to got cozy by, just don't forget to check the rules for where you are staying - national parks may require a permit. You might also need to check the fire danger in the area, especially if it's a dry winter. Do your research on this one and don't wind up getting a fine!
6. Boil & Bubble!
You're best friend while winter camping is a camping stove. You can use these without needing a full fire, and if you've prepared well, you can make all your meals on it, from a baked beans to pasta, to boiling up a fresh pot of tea!
Don't forget to bring a thermos and boil up a fresh batch of hot water before you start your day so you can take a tea break along the way!
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