While camping in the warmer months is nice, camping during the winter is a truly magical experience. Snow-covered trees, beautiful views of frozen lakes, ponds and rivers, and quiet trails are some of the many things you have to look forward to.
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Before you head out on your exploration, it’s important to educate yourself on the necessary gear and essentials. After all, winter camping may call for extreme weather conditions, so it is imperative that you are prepared. Make sure that you have a warm winter jacket, tent, sleeping bag, and under layers for protection against the cold.
This lightweight collapsible Original Candle Lantern fights dampness and brightens up any campsite. The OLC provides cozy heat and natural light for up to 9 hours (per candle). It features a durable aluminum or brass construction, a carrying handle, handing hook, and twist-lock base. *Available in multiple colors.
The Zissou Plus has the traditional mummy shape, but was updated to feature an integrated quilt-style closure that provides more bed-like comfort. The duel-zip comforter is easily adjustable and wraps naturally to your preferred sleeping position. Its shell is 30D Polyester Ripstop, the Liner is 30D Polyester Taffetta and it has 700 Fill Duck DriDown insulation.
Whether you end up in a dangerous situation, you’re preparing food or starting a fire, you never know what camping in the wilderness will entail. The RAT 1A BP folding blade features fast opening action and a textured G10 handle that provides your blade with a durable enclosure and offers outstanding grip.
Keep your food and drinks cold and fresh with the Prospector 103 cooler. It is incredibly strong and has thick walls which provide superior insulation. A review on canyoncoolers.com said: “The Prospector 103 is an amazing well designed extended trip cooler. The sliding rack system is awesome for storing items that need to stay cold but also stay dry!”
It’s going to get cold, which is why you’re going to need the High Sierra Men’s Funston II Full Zip Jacket. This heavy weight sweater fleece jacket is perfect for layering under your winter coat or for wearing alone by the fire. It features water resistant shoulder reinforcement, hand warmer pockets, an interior storm flap with chin guard, and provides warmth and comfort with thermal insulation.
This versatile pullover jacket is built with warm, soft and durable fleece. The Women’s Mountain SideTM Fleece Pull Over features a 100 percent polyester shell and zippered chest pocket. One reviewer said: “Ordered this on a cold day and man o man, I was so excited when it arrived. It is very stylish, good fitting (no gaps at the waist) and warm. It feels cozy against your skin- yes, you need this one!”
Your winter camping and hiking wardrobe would not be complete without a comfortable, warm and durable parka. The Expedition Parka was originally designed for scientists in Antarctica. But hikers and campers love it because it stays dry in extreme conditions and it has been field-tested for the coldest places on earth. The parka features an insulated windguard, fleece-lined chin guard, an adjustable hood, handwarmer pockets, and heavy duty rib-knit cuffs that help keep out the cold.
Whether you are hiking, camping or hunting, it’s important to keep your hands and fingers warm. Cold air can affect your quickness and dexterity. The ColdGear Fleece Gloves are made of 100 percent polyester fleece construction; they have touchscreen-compatible fingers and a silicone-printed palm for added grip.
From hiking up extreme summits to journeying through the backcountry, and sitting by the campfire, the Patagonia Triolet Snow Pants provide protection from the most serious weather conditions. They feature two vertical hand pockets, zippers on the sides for easy on-and-off and interior adjustable elastic tabs for a customized fit.
A long footprint, night light pockets and a Stargazing Fly are just some of the many things the Trail Ridge 3 by Kelty features. A review on kelty.com said: “Just spent two weeks backpacking and car camping in Colorado and Utah. This tent is high quality, with tight seams and smooth zippers. The 3 is roomy for two car camping, and light enough to carry moderate distances backpacking.”
This low profile pack is built for serious camping and back country adventures. Its roomy panel-load main compartment holds and organizes everything from a shovel to avalanche rescue tools. Its separate compartment on the back of the bag securely holds hydration reservoir and keeps it safe from sharp objects. Not to mention, the High Sierra Symmetry 18 has an integrated sport flap on the front of the bag that can be used to carry a helmet, snow shoes or any other gear.
Snacking is important, especially in the wild. Annie Chun’s Organic Seaweed Snacks are perfectly portioned and packed with healthy nutrients – iodine, fiber, protein and vitamins, to name a few. In fact, seaweed offers the broadest range of minerals of any food on the planet. It’s an energizing and delicious snack that’s easy to pack while you’re on the go. *Also try Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps which feature the brand’s famous Seaweed Snacks baked atop brown rice crisps for a heartier option.