Diy camping tips and ideas

If you’ve got a heavy-duty plastic bottle, you can fill it full of boiling water (that you boiled on the fire you obviously own cranking), pour it into the bottle and chuck it in your sleeping bag. Bingo: your extremely own extremely uncomfortable boiling water bottle.


Camp Love a Cold-Weather Pro

Don't Hold Your Pee in at Night

If nature calls in the middle of the night, don't procrastinate; this makes you colder in the endless run because your body has to burn calories to hold urine warm.

Too freezing to drop trou? Guys should consider using a designated pee bottle (Item G) (mark it with tape or some other distinguishable feature).

For ladies, modern relief gear can make going in the freezing a less chilly proposition; check out our review of the best pee funnels for women. Feeling thrifty? Make use of a wide-mouthed jar. Pro tip: Attempt practicing your technique in the shower so that you can own a few practice runs before showtime.

Harsh times call for harsh measures, and your warm pee jar (and lost body) heat can be used for passive warming—just make certain to tighten the lid and check for leaks.

Jars can also be emptied and repurposed to pack out waste or feminine hygiene products. 

How to Manage Tent Camping on High-Wind Nights

High winds? Sleep in shifts. "Someone will own to check the tent's rigging every few hours," explains cold-weather expert, Finnegan. "If you wait too endless to tighten a line [because you don't desire to leave your warm bag], the damage to the structure will be impossible to control." Ponder about it: The less surface area gusty, freezing air and wind own to shove against your rigging, the better.

Opt for a tent with a maximum wind rating if you love to adventure in terrain with unpredictable wind.

If the wind direction is steady, work with it: Direct the narrowest face of your tent into the wind to decrease exposed surface area.

Consider bringing grooved, wind-resistant stakes if gusts are a genuine concern. If a tent loses functionality, it can be a huge financial loss and put your safety on the line.

Wear the Correct Clothes for Sleeping in Freezing Temperatures

Some people tell that sleeping naked in a sleeping bag will hold you warmer. This is simply not true. For temperatures under 30°F, be certain to outfit yourself in appropriate base layers:

  1. Buddy Up: Put your partner's sleeping pad shut to yours, or better yet, further reduce ambient space and join your pads with the Large Agnes Sleeping Pad Coupler Strap (Figure B—$10).

  2. Radiation: Radiation causes heat to move away from the body. The body may lose more than 50% of its heat from radiation at temperatures lower than 68°F (20°C).
  3. Evaporation: Evaporation causes a cooling effect. The body loses 85% of its heat through sweating during intense exercise. Wet clothes from sweating and increased respiration also trigger a drop in body heat.
  4. Wear synthetic fabrics or wool.
  5. Conduction: Conduction is the transfer of heat from physical contact. Conduction occurs at 68°F (20°C) and is responsible for the loss of body heat from sleeping on the freezing ground.
  6. Think Love a Pack Rat: Put your stuff sacks and additional gear around the tent's inside perimeter to further insulate.

  7. Avoid running too warm (moisture will get trapped in your bag and will cause an overall drop in body temperature as you cool off).
  8. Convection: Convection occurs when a heated fluid (liquid or gas) travels away from a source. Take the example of a boiling cup of tea. The rising steam coming off of the cup indicates the movement of heat as boiling water transitions into gaseous water (wet steam). 
  9. Consider warm socks, fingered gloves, and a cozy cap.
  10. Avoid tight-fitting clothing (socks, underwear, gloves) that may restrict blood flow to your extremities.
  11. DIY Radiant Barrier: Create a radiant barrier by duct-taping a space blanket (also commonly known as a Mylar blanket, emergency blanket, or shock blanket) onto your tent ceiling.

    Diy camping tips and ideas

    They’re cheap and can be a lifesaver—literally. If you experience excessive condensation inside your tent in the mornings, however, give the space blanket tip a pass. Excess moisture is the doom of every camping gear.

If you run warm, you may desire to use a vapor barrier to prevent your perspiration from reaching the below in your bag. If you are waking up to recurring condensation, ventilate your tent with a little opening. Boiling or freezing, whatever you do, dress for the occasion and leave your cotton clothing at home.

Does Body-to-Body Warming Work?

Yes, body-to-body warming is certainly effective for staying warm in cold-weather conditions and for preventing heat loss.

Let’s take a lesson in thermodynamics: The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the rate of heat transfer. By decreasing the body’s area of exposure to freezing air and increasing the surface area of exposure to warmth (a camping buddy), two individuals can decrease the rate at which they’ll lose body heat.

Don’t Put Yourself at Risk of Hypothermia and Frostbite

You’re every amped to get out and go, but there’s something else to cover before you hit the snowy wastes: safety. As every backcountry expert knows, no one is immune to freezing. It’s significant to not only equip yourself with necessary gear for your mission, but to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge for your safety and survival.

How Does Your Body Lose Heat?

  • Conduction: Conduction is the transfer of heat from physical contact.

    Conduction occurs at 68°F (20°C) and is responsible for the loss of body heat from sleeping on the freezing ground.

  • Radiation: Radiation causes heat to move away from the body. The body may lose more than 50% of its heat from radiation at temperatures lower than 68°F (20°C).
  • Evaporation: Evaporation causes a cooling effect. The body loses 85% of its heat through sweating during intense exercise. Wet clothes from sweating and increased respiration also trigger a drop in body heat.
  • Convection: Convection occurs when a heated fluid (liquid or gas) travels away from a source.

    Take the example of a boiling cup of tea. The rising steam coming off of the cup indicates the movement of heat as boiling water transitions into gaseous water (wet steam). 

Prevent Spills on Your Dry Gear—Try a Reusable Straw

Nothing would be more frustrating than spilling liquid on your dry gear (second to dehydration). Hydration is a must, so hold a reusable straw near your water bottle for no-mess drinking in the middle of the night (Item F). Opt for a material that is highly durable and simple to disinfect, such as stainless steel. Some backpackers even use straws to transport spices for their cooking needs.

Simply load the straw with a desired spice, seal up the ends, and voila! You’ll be cooking gourmet meals in no time.

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(Note: Make certain your cayenne pepper is out of the straw before trying to drink out of it.)

Bring an Insulated, Closed-Cell Foam Sleeping Pad

Conduction is the culprit for the heat loss that occurs when sleeping on the freezing ground, and even a “warm” cold-weather sleeping bag is a freezing bag without a quality, insulated pad underneath it. Most self-inflating air mattresses only insulate below to about 30°F, so if you desire yours for comfort, lay below a closed-cell foam pad (or CCF) first, love the Therm-a-Rest Ridgerest SOLite Solar (Figure A). This aluminized, coated pad is highly durable and has a lightweight build—we’re talking under 19 oz—and its R-3.5 rating (detailed below) is certain to hold you insulated.

Simply throw your self-inflating mattress on top. Some backcountry experts even recommend layering the CCF pad on top of your air mattress.

Sleeping Pad Ratings: What Is an R-Value?

An R-value refers to to the ability of an insulated material to resist the conductive flow of heat.

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The higher the R-value rating, the more effective a sleeping pad is at thermal insulation. As always, field testing is the only tried-and-true method when it comes to backcountry gear. Factor in critical features such as a sleeping pad’s weight, compressibility, and comfort before making your purchase.

Insulate Your Tent by Reducing Ambient Space

Prevent Spills on Your Dry Gear—Try a Reusable Straw

Nothing would be more frustrating than spilling liquid on your dry gear (second to dehydration).

Hydration is a must, so hold a reusable straw near your water bottle for no-mess drinking in the middle of the night (Item F). Opt for a material that is highly durable and simple to disinfect, such as stainless steel. Some backpackers even use straws to transport spices for their cooking needs. Simply load the straw with a desired spice, seal up the ends, and voila!

Diy camping tips and ideas

You’ll be cooking gourmet meals in no time. (Note: Make certain your cayenne pepper is out of the straw before trying to drink out of it.)

Bring an Insulated, Closed-Cell Foam Sleeping Pad

Conduction is the culprit for the heat loss that occurs when sleeping on the freezing ground, and even a “warm” cold-weather sleeping bag is a freezing bag without a quality, insulated pad underneath it. Most self-inflating air mattresses only insulate below to about 30°F, so if you desire yours for comfort, lay below a closed-cell foam pad (or CCF) first, love the Therm-a-Rest Ridgerest SOLite Solar (Figure A).

This aluminized, coated pad is highly durable and has a lightweight build—we’re talking under 19 oz—and its R-3.5 rating (detailed below) is certain to hold you insulated. Simply throw your self-inflating mattress on top. Some backcountry experts even recommend layering the CCF pad on top of your air mattress.

Sleeping Pad Ratings: What Is an R-Value?

An R-value refers to to the ability of an insulated material to resist the conductive flow of heat. The higher the R-value rating, the more effective a sleeping pad is at thermal insulation. As always, field testing is the only tried-and-true method when it comes to backcountry gear.

Factor in critical features such as a sleeping pad’s weight, compressibility, and comfort before making your purchase.

Insulate Your Tent by Reducing Ambient Space

  • Think Love a Pack Rat: Put your stuff sacks and additional gear around the tent's inside perimeter to further insulate.
  • Buddy Up: Put your partner's sleeping pad shut to yours, or better yet, further reduce ambient space and join your pads with the Large Agnes Sleeping Pad Coupler Strap (Figure B—$10).
  • DIY Radiant Barrier: Create a radiant barrier by duct-taping a space blanket (also commonly known as a Mylar blanket, emergency blanket, or shock blanket) onto your tent ceiling.

    They’re cheap and can be a lifesaver—literally. If you experience excessive condensation inside your tent in the mornings, however, give the space blanket tip a pass. Excess moisture is the doom of every camping gear.

Check out some additional basic winterizing tips for camping in the snow.

Why Is Cotton Clothing Bad for Camping?

Backcountry experts tell that cotton kills, but why?

Cotton clothing does not wick moisture, may drop your body temperature, and serves as a medium for bacteria.

Moisture-wicking materials such as merino wool, polyester, and polypropylene are designed to redistribute moisture via capillary action, whereas cotton becomes easily saturated much love a sponge. To stay warm, avoid silk and cellulose fibers love cotton, layer strategically, and opt for synthetic fabrics.

Stash Your Boot Liners in Your Bag

With the possible exception of skipping your morning coffee, nothing hurts more than ramming your feet into frozen boots in the morning.

Your body prioritizes warming your core, so hold your hands and feet warm to conserve energy. Invest in a synthetic mix or high-quality wool sock for moisture reduction and odor management. (Don’t forget the gloves!)

Munch on a High-Calorie Midnight Snack

"If I wake up freezing in the middle of the night, I wolf below Strawberry Clif Shot Bloks ($2 for six) to fuel my engine," Larsen says. Your body runs on fuel, so fuel it up. Go for sugars, fats, and carbohydrates. The closer you can eat to bed time, the better, especially if your meal is wealthy in fat.

Your body metabolizes protein before fat and takes longer to metabolize fat than carbohydrates, so opt for calorie-dense foods love chocolate (Item E), cheese, and nuts. A warm meal requiring minimal prep correct before bed will give your body an added boost.

Protect Your Electronics From the Cold

Cold weather can drain battery power quick, or even worse, permanently damage electronics. Stow your electronics, batteries, fuel canisters, and anything else you don't desire to freeze in the foot of your sleeping bag (Figure C) (buy a sleeping bag with a little additional length for this purpose).

Your electronics own maximum and minimum storage and operating temperatures, so it's wise to check these out before heading into the wilderness. Operating or charging an electronic device exterior of its specified temperature range can cause irreparable damage. 

Warm Up With a Boiling Water Bottle

If you put a boiling, non-insulated stainless-steel water bottle in your sleeping bag at night, it will radiate heat love a sauna rock (Figure I). Attempt tucking your makeshift heater next to one of these critical areas: your core, your inner thigh (near your femoral artery), and your neck (near your jugular).

Not a fan of stainless steel? Opt for a BPA-free material.

Unfortunately, harmful chemicals may leach into water when a material is heated, that’s why 100% stainless steel bottles are preferred. A expression of caution: Not every metal water bottles are stainless steel, so check the tags. Glance for #304 or 18/8 food-grade stainless steel.

Insulate Your Water Bottles

In high altitude and in extreme weather, you’re at a greater risk of dehydration. Frozen water not only drops body temperature but makes rehydration hard. "I use Granite Gear's Air Coolers (Item H) to hold my water from freezing at night," says Larsen (one-liter size, $22).

These insulators reflect 95% of radiant heat and will insulate boiling drinks and soup. Hold your core body temperature up and stay hydrated by sipping on something warm.

Don’t Breathe or Burrow Deep Into Your Bag

"Moisture from your breath will get trapped in the bag," says Larsen. "Instead, cinch the draft collar and shut the hood below around your mouth and nose so you own a blowhole to breathe through" (Figure D). This is especially true if you use a below sleeping bag. Remember: Condensation is the death of a below bag. A wet bag significantly loses its insulation and takes time to dry, which is certain to put a damper on your adventure.

Achieve maximum loft or fluffiness by shaking your bag upside below. This technique redirects the below back to the upper half of the bag near your core where heat retention is most critical.

Remove Morning Frost From Your Tent

Water vapor often condenses on a tent's inner wall even with the door cracked. Once the ice melts, it will soak your gear. Control frost by keeping your gear covered or inside trash bags and sweep (with a tent brush) ice crystals into collectable piles before they melt.

Remember to dry out your gear daily if conditions permit. If you’re hanging out for the day, invert your tent and let any sunshine or dry wind remove outstanding moisture.

Always Check Weather Conditions and Hazards

Know before you go. This is the golden law for any outdoor activity: check the conditions. Besides knowing the extreme temperatures you may be up against (think cold-weather desert fluctuations), stay on top of approaching weather systems and weather trends for the season and region, and research recent changes in terrain, trail closures, or similar hazards. Consider contacting the closest ranger station to stay current.

Always establish a journey plan and inform appropriate parties of your whereabouts and anticipated return.

Secure Your Campsite and Flatten Your Sleeping Surface

Once you’ve secured a location that’s reasonably dry, flat, and protected from the elements, set up your tent. If conditions permit, clear away any snow to expose the dirt and flatten the site with your tools or boots. Climb into your tent, and use your knees to smooth out the ground area were you’ll be sleeping. "Don't wait until later to do this," says polar explorer and all-around freezing expert Eric Larsen.

"Once the snow melts and refreezes, it's hard to manipulate. I also create a shallow trough for myself so I don't roll around." This shaping technique helps to reduce ambient space and potential heat loss from freezing exposure, which could make for a miserable night or subject an individual to the early stages of hypothermia or frostbite.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Moderate to Severe Hypothermia?

You’re extreme and you expect to be freezing, but when is freezing too cold? Our bodies regulate best at 98.6 ºF (or 37 ºC), so hypothermia is a genuine risk when our core temperature drops under a safe level.

Here are the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe hypothermia:

Check out some additional basic winterizing tips for camping in the snow.

Why Is Cotton Clothing Bad for Camping?

Backcountry experts tell that cotton kills, but why?

Cotton clothing does not wick moisture, may drop your body temperature, and serves as a medium for bacteria.

Moisture-wicking materials such as merino wool, polyester, and polypropylene are designed to redistribute moisture via capillary action, whereas cotton becomes easily saturated much love a sponge.

To stay warm, avoid silk and cellulose fibers love cotton, layer strategically, and opt for synthetic fabrics.

Stash Your Boot Liners in Your Bag

With the possible exception of skipping your morning coffee, nothing hurts more than ramming your feet into frozen boots in the morning. Your body prioritizes warming your core, so hold your hands and feet warm to conserve energy. Invest in a synthetic mix or high-quality wool sock for moisture reduction and odor management. (Don’t forget the gloves!)

Munch on a High-Calorie Midnight Snack

"If I wake up freezing in the middle of the night, I wolf below Strawberry Clif Shot Bloks ($2 for six) to fuel my engine," Larsen says.

Your body runs on fuel, so fuel it up. Go for sugars, fats, and carbohydrates. The closer you can eat to bed time, the better, especially if your meal is wealthy in fat.

Diy camping tips and ideas

Your body metabolizes protein before fat and takes longer to metabolize fat than carbohydrates, so opt for calorie-dense foods love chocolate (Item E), cheese, and nuts. A warm meal requiring minimal prep correct before bed will give your body an added boost.

Protect Your Electronics From the Cold

Cold weather can drain battery power quick, or even worse, permanently damage electronics. Stow your electronics, batteries, fuel canisters, and anything else you don't desire to freeze in the foot of your sleeping bag (Figure C) (buy a sleeping bag with a little additional length for this purpose).

Your electronics own maximum and minimum storage and operating temperatures, so it's wise to check these out before heading into the wilderness. Operating or charging an electronic device exterior of its specified temperature range can cause irreparable damage. 

Warm Up With a Boiling Water Bottle

If you put a boiling, non-insulated stainless-steel water bottle in your sleeping bag at night, it will radiate heat love a sauna rock (Figure I). Attempt tucking your makeshift heater next to one of these critical areas: your core, your inner thigh (near your femoral artery), and your neck (near your jugular).

Not a fan of stainless steel? Opt for a BPA-free material.

Diy camping tips and ideas

Unfortunately, harmful chemicals may leach into water when a material is heated, that’s why 100% stainless steel bottles are preferred. A expression of caution: Not every metal water bottles are stainless steel, so check the tags. Glance for #304 or 18/8 food-grade stainless steel.

Insulate Your Water Bottles

In high altitude and in extreme weather, you’re at a greater risk of dehydration. Frozen water not only drops body temperature but makes rehydration hard. "I use Granite Gear's Air Coolers (Item H) to hold my water from freezing at night," says Larsen (one-liter size, $22).

These insulators reflect 95% of radiant heat and will insulate boiling drinks and soup. Hold your core body temperature up and stay hydrated by sipping on something warm.

Don’t Breathe or Burrow Deep Into Your Bag

"Moisture from your breath will get trapped in the bag," says Larsen. "Instead, cinch the draft collar and shut the hood below around your mouth and nose so you own a blowhole to breathe through" (Figure D). This is especially true if you use a below sleeping bag. Remember: Condensation is the death of a below bag. A wet bag significantly loses its insulation and takes time to dry, which is certain to put a damper on your adventure.

Achieve maximum loft or fluffiness by shaking your bag upside below. This technique redirects the below back to the upper half of the bag near your core where heat retention is most critical.

Remove Morning Frost From Your Tent

Water vapor often condenses on a tent's inner wall even with the door cracked. Once the ice melts, it will soak your gear. Control frost by keeping your gear covered or inside trash bags and sweep (with a tent brush) ice crystals into collectable piles before they melt. Remember to dry out your gear daily if conditions permit. If you’re hanging out for the day, invert your tent and let any sunshine or dry wind remove outstanding moisture.

Always Check Weather Conditions and Hazards

Know before you go. This is the golden law for any outdoor activity: check the conditions. Besides knowing the extreme temperatures you may be up against (think cold-weather desert fluctuations), stay on top of approaching weather systems and weather trends for the season and region, and research recent changes in terrain, trail closures, or similar hazards. Consider contacting the closest ranger station to stay current. Always establish a journey plan and inform appropriate parties of your whereabouts and anticipated return.

Secure Your Campsite and Flatten Your Sleeping Surface

Once you’ve secured a location that’s reasonably dry, flat, and protected from the elements, set up your tent.

If conditions permit, clear away any snow to expose the dirt and flatten the site with your tools or boots. Climb into your tent, and use your knees to smooth out the ground area were you’ll be sleeping. "Don't wait until later to do this," says polar explorer and all-around freezing expert Eric Larsen. "Once the snow melts and refreezes, it's hard to manipulate. I also create a shallow trough for myself so I don't roll around." This shaping technique helps to reduce ambient space and potential heat loss from freezing exposure, which could make for a miserable night or subject an individual to the early stages of hypothermia or frostbite.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Moderate to Severe Hypothermia?

You’re extreme and you expect to be freezing, but when is freezing too cold?

Our bodies regulate best at 98.6 ºF (or 37 ºC), so hypothermia is a genuine risk when our core temperature drops under a safe level. Here are the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe hypothermia:


Sleep with your clothes

In addition to the liner, it’s a excellent thought to cram your sleeping bag full of the clothes you’re planning on wearing the next day (sans belts, wallets, phones and anything else that might dig into your hip). As well as adding a bit of additional warmth overnight, it means you’ll own warm, dry clothes on to put on the next morning.


Be an all-weather fire starter

Fire is, obviously, one of the best ways to hold warm when winter camping in Australia. But matches and lighters – the most commonly-used firestarters — are prone to getting damp. And if they get damp, they won’t work. So consider buying a striker (a portable flint, available in most excellent hiking and camping shops) to assist start your fire – it works even in the wet and freezing, and you’ll feel love a real-life Bear Grylls when you use it.

If you can’t be bothered rounding up some tinder, make certain you own some cotton wool pads handy.

Divide them in half and strike the flint into the furry side – it catches easily and should stay lit for endless enough to start placing kindling and bigger sticks on top of it. Oh, and make certain you own sourced enough wood before you attempt and light the fire. It’ll pay off in the endless run. Also, make certain your first priority each morning is getting the fire going again and sourcing enough wood for the coming day.

Be an all-weather fire starter

Fire is, obviously, one of the best ways to hold warm when winter camping in Australia. But matches and lighters – the most commonly-used firestarters — are prone to getting damp.

And if they get damp, they won’t work. So consider buying a striker (a portable flint, available in most excellent hiking and camping shops) to assist start your fire – it works even in the wet and freezing, and you’ll feel love a real-life Bear Grylls when you use it.

If you can’t be bothered rounding up some tinder, make certain you own some cotton wool pads handy. Divide them in half and strike the flint into the furry side – it catches easily and should stay lit for endless enough to start placing kindling and bigger sticks on top of it.

Oh, and make certain you own sourced enough wood before you attempt and light the fire. It’ll pay off in the endless run. Also, make certain your first priority each morning is getting the fire going again and sourcing enough wood for the coming day.

Keeping clean…and going to the loo

Showers? Really?

There are a few portable showers out there, and some homemade options, but you’d need to be somewhere fairly warm to make these bearable. We’ve also found the trickle you get from them is just not worth the bother.

We’ve tested them every and the Colapz camping shower is brilliant.

Fill a pail with warm water from your kettle, drop the pump inside and get a decent shower with genuine pressure! Grand for washing dogs too.

Hygiene

We never mention toilets without a mention of the £4 Happy Going – our long-time favourite bit of kit…because it’s both useful and

hilarious. It’s a waterproof, hanging toilet roll cover with built-in lights (and a flashing mode!!)

For a couple of days, biodegradable and all-natural Aqua Wipes or Nilaqua waterless wash will be enough for a makeshift clean-up.

Water supplies

Take a portable water carrier love the four-litre Source Liquitainer or new favourite, the Sea-to-Summit 10-litre Packtap and refill whenever you get the chance. For longer trips, intersperse campsite stays or use the facilities in pubs, leisure centres and the like.

We own lots of other recommended water storage and dispensing options in our water carrying feature too. Every BPA-free.

On our final journey, we ran out of water and had to refill from a Extremely clean-looking river.

We did own some water purifying tablets in our kit too, though.

Wild toilets

The Bog in a Bag camping toilet has to be the neatest for storing. It’s a stool with a cover that removes to reveal a hole. Fit a bag over the top and you own a toilet. It’s not a large hole, so some positioning is required!

Going to the toilet in the wild, though, requires some work – you need to be 50 metres away from water and you need to dig a 15cm-deep (or more) hole with a trowel. You must cover your doings completely with ground and must put toilet roll or wipes into your rubbish bag. If you’re wild camping, own a glance at our article on the the best options for camping toilets (including some that fit in a pocket!).

A note on shoes!

When you’re living in a little space, and especially in bad weather, it can be hard to hold everything clean and dry.

Own some easy-on/off footwear love Crocs or better still these cheap neoprene Dirt Boot shoes (3-12 sizes). Leave muddy boots and shoes in the driver or passenger footwell.

There is nothing love the scent of pine amidst the peaceful of an alpine lake or a clear sky speckled with stars against snow-capped mountains. But even the most spectacular sights won’t make up for a miserable night camping in freezing weather or freezing temperatures. Whether you’re cross-country skiing or backpacking by snowshoe, don’t be ill-prepared.

Get the gear you need to stay warm and endure those subzero winter extremes. Here’s how to make your adventure more about comfort and less about battling the cold.


Pimp your sleeping bag

If you’re sleeping bag is in excellent condition and you don’t desire to spend $ on a brand spanking new one, get a thermal sleeping bag liner. They’re little enough to not add much bulk to your bag, and warm enough to make certain you don’t catch your death. That said, if your sleeping bag is crap quality, a liner will only go so far.

It pays to invest in sturdy gear.


Don’t go bush with crap gear

This is an obvious one – but you wouldn’t believe how often people go to pitch their tent only to realise there’s a large fat hole in it. The same goes for sleeping bags, boots, clothes and backpacks. It’ll only take a quick stroll through some condensation-clad grass for damaged boots to turn into a dank, freezing foot bath. Give everything a quick once over before you leave home and you’ll save yourself a potential world of pain.


Contents

  • Coupler strap (and a buddy)
  • Bottle insulator
  • Reusable straw
  • Socks, gloves, and a technical cold-weather hat
  • Sleeping bag with an appropriate lower-limit temperature rating
  • Closed-cell foam sleeping pad
  • Nutrient-dense snacks
  • Grooved wind-resistant tent stakes
  • Synthetic or wool base layers
  • Tent brush
  • Camp Love a Cold-Weather Pro
  • Urination device (FUD) for the ladies
  • Stainless steel water bottle

Essential Cold-Weather Camping Gear Checklist

  1. Urination device (FUD) for the ladies
  2. Nutrient-dense snacks
  3. Socks, gloves, and a technical cold-weather hat
  4. Synthetic or wool base layers
  5. Reusable straw
  6. Bottle insulator
  7. Sleeping bag with an appropriate lower-limit temperature rating
  8. Tent brush
  9. Coupler strap (and a buddy)
  10. Grooved wind-resistant tent stakes
  11. Closed-cell foam sleeping pad
  12. Stainless steel water bottle

Essential Cold-Weather Camping Gear Checklist

  1. Urination device (FUD) for the ladies
  2. Nutrient-dense snacks
  3. Socks, gloves, and a technical cold-weather hat
  4. Synthetic or wool base layers
  5. Reusable straw
  6. Bottle insulator
  7. Sleeping bag with an appropriate lower-limit temperature rating
  8. Tent brush
  9. Coupler strap (and a buddy)
  10. Grooved wind-resistant tent stakes
  11. Closed-cell foam sleeping pad
  12. Stainless steel water bottle


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