The sweetness of the cold and the comfort of the bonfire make camping in winter uniquely charming. While camping in the summer is the most sought-after, for those who cherish tranquillity and seek to soak in the beauty of nature, there is no right or wrong time to spend the night under the stars. However, winter camping also poses special challenges in keeping oneself warm and comfortable in the cold temperatures. Packing right is the key to enjoying the outdoors expedition in this season. Here are 12 winter essentials that you must have for your next adventure in the wilderness.
Warm Clothing: The foremost priority must be to pack the right winter wear. The temperature at night dips further as compared to the daytime and you may feel colder outdoors. Pack your insulated jacket, extra thermal layers, and fleece-lined clothes to keep yourself warm at night. Additionally, you can also add windcheaters for an added layer of protection.
Bed Bath Towels: Stocking the hygiene supply for your outdoor expedition is as important as your clothes. Chief Executive of Ginni Filaments, Mr Yash Jaipuria said “When you are outdoors in the wilderness, you are more prone to come in contact with dust and germs. In winter these germs spread faster, increasing the risk of infection. Loaded with anti-bacterial properties, the bed bath towel gently cleanses and moisturises the skin, keeping you fresh and hygienic during your stay.”
First Aid Kit: Prepare a first aid kit containing disinfectant wipes, band-aids, and over-the-counter medications for any unforeseen situations. Keep the basic things always handy with yourself.
Sleeping Pad: For a peaceful sleep at night, a well-insulated sleeping pad is an indispensable part of the journey. A sleeping pad can shield you from the chills and the cold ground at night and help you get restful sleep at night.
Footwear: A pair of waterproof and well-insulated boots are non-negotiable in the winter season. To be on the safer side pack 2-3 pairs of woollen or fleece-lined socks to keep your feet warm.
Headgear: To ensure that your ears and head receive adequate coverage against the cold, take an insulated headwear or beanie with you. Along with that, a neck gaiter and muffler or woollen scarf can provide an added layer of protection.
Hand Protection: Your hands can get cold in winter, making it challenging to do even the simplest of tasks like holding a cup or your bag. To keep your hands warm to carry on with your work do not forget to take heat retention gloves or mittens to camping.
Shampoo Towels: Compact and disposable shampoo towels are ideal for maintaining your scalp hygiene during your camping sojourn. Mr Yash Jaipuria said, “Shampoo towels are easy to use and dispose when you are camping outdoors. These thick and ready-to-use moisturizing wet wipes are alcohol-free and can help maintain the pH balance of the scalp. Their antibacterial properties make them the best choice when camping outdoors.”
Sun Protection: While many consider sunscreen and sunglasses a summer staple, they are equally essential for the winter season. The winter sun rays may not be as strong as summer, but they tend to damage your delicate skin. So, take a good pair of sunglasses and sunscreen along with you.
Navigation: Keep a map or GPS device within arm’s reach to steer clear of getting lost in the wilderness.
Lighting: A headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries can serve as a lifesaver on a campsite in the dark. Do not forget them.
Hydration: Hydration is the key to good health. So, carry insulated water bottles to prevent potential health issues arising from consuming cold water and keep yourself hydrated.
Before embarking on a winter camping escapade, check the weather forecasts, inform someone of your plans, and brace yourself for fluctuating weather conditions. Have a happy camping!