For some, cooler weather is right around the corner. Early and mid-fall camping can be the most enjoyable—the days are pleasantly warm, while temperatures drop at night making sleeping in your tent quite comfortable. However, if you are unprepared, a cold night in a tent can be miserable. If you pack right, camping in cooler weather is no sweat. Here are 12 tips to staying warm during chilly nights.
- Pack cold-weather clothing, such as long pants, sweatpants, a long-sleeved shirt, wool socks, a beanie or stocking cap, a jacket, hoodie or sweatshirt and closed-toed shoes or boots.
- Heat some water on the camp stove or campfire and put it in a sturdy bottle. Place the bottle in your sleeping bag down at your feet. Alternatively, use chemical warmers.
- Sip on hot coffee, chocolate or tea before bedtime.
- Go for a walk. Exercising raises your body temperature.
- Put a foam pad or air mattress under your sleeping bag. This will help stop conduction of your body heat.
- Downsize your tent. It is easier to keep a smaller tent warmer.
- Sleep wearing a fleece hat or stocking cap.
- Buy a portable heater rated for indoor use.
- Cover your sleeping bag with a warm blanket.
- Eat a good, hearty hot dinner.
- Insulate the ground before pitching your tent. Rake dry leaves, hay or pine needles over your pad site. Then put a ground cover over that.
- Upgrade your sleeping bag to a mummy-style rated for 15 degrees or colder.
How do you stay warm when camping in colder weather? Share your tips with others in the comment section.