Camping is one of those traditional summer events that everyone looks forward to. The whole nature-loving family awaits the time when the warm weather will return, so they can pack up the RV and head into the outdoors. However…making those s’mores in the snow will also create some very cool camping memories.
Yes…the RV looks a lot nicer this time of year; heat is a luxury most people want. But there are still those diehard outdoorsmen and women who want to put up that tent, use the sleeping bag and wake up to a frosty morning with a snow-capped mountain hovering over them.
The words, ‘winter wonderland’ can mean a great many things. For kids, it’s that pristine yard where the snowballs will soon be flying and the sleds will be racing down the hills. But for the inner camper, the world is their winter fun-zone and they intend to enjoy it.
Just think, once the snow flies those pesky bugs and mosquitoes have said ‘so long’, which adds even more serenity to the trip. There are no crowds of campers to deal with who have a tendency to annoy you in the summer as they grow louder and louder when nighttime approaches. It’s just you, your family and the deer – what more could you ask for?
But there are some very important tips the amateur winter camper needs to remember before venturing into that beautiful, but still dangerous, winter wonderland. There are some people who are born to live in specific temperatures; they understand sleighs without being descendants of Old Saint Nick. They understand hoe to forage for food, and make sure that death by hypothermia won’t occur.
But the challenges loom for thee rest of us as the panning begins. Making sure to always remember that severe weather can happen in an instant out there is a must. And with shorter daylight hours, you have less time to face a challenge head-on and win.
Study is key when it comes to your planning stage. Make sure you have the maps, head to Google, or know the area where you’ll be staking claim in order to know the ways out, the food available, if certain packs or animal herds may be roaming around, etc., to be as safe as possible.
Make sure you bring the gear needed for traveling in the heavy snow – from the snowshoes to the sleds to the ATV transports. Is there search and rescue nearby? Or, have you brought the gear necessary to get someone to safety if need be? Yes…these are not exactly happy things to think about when planning a vacation, but you’ll be a whole lot happier knowing you’ve dotted all i’s and crossed all t’s to make sure your safety is not in danger.
This may sound like a silly tip, but check the forecast. In some areas storms can crop up out of nowhere, but at least that meteorologist has some sense of what may be coming at you while you’re out there living off the ice-covered world. The Boy Scouts mantra of ‘Be Prepared’ works well when it comes to winter camping. Let’s face it, the most unexpected things in life come straight from Mother Nature.
Clothing should be layered upon leaving that warm house for the Great Outdoors. Insulation that’s waterproof is a must, and by utilizing layers, you always have the ability to take off various pieces if the sun comes out to say ‘hello’.
Not to mention, boots are made for trekking out there in the snow, so make sure your feet are covered with the waterproof and well insulated brands made just for the winter wonderland.
You want comfort and safety while you explore. And when you get back to camp, make sure you have the right elements needed to build that fire of yours. Not only will you keep warm but those s’mores (which are the best part of camping) will not cook themselves!