While camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities, most people only tend to do it during the warmer months of the year. But, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous – and like to have the backcountry all to yourself – the winter can be a great time to go camping too.
Of course, in order to stay warm and comfortable, you’ll need to take a bit of extra gear with you during that time of the year. To that end, here are five essential items you shouldn’t leave home without during a winter camping trip.
If you camp with any regularity, chances are you already own a tent. But unless that tent has been specifically built to provide shelter during the winter months, it probably isn’t up to the job of accompanying you on your cold-weather adventures. Instead, you’ll need a 4-season tent, which despite its name is usually only used in one season – winter.
4-season tents tend to have sturdier walls and poles to help them withstand high winds. They also are warmer on the interior to keep its occupants more comfortable too. If you’re going to spend the night outside in cold conditions, investing in a good winter shelter will be a must.