By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog
If you love nothing more than getting away from the city and adventuring out into the wild, you will likely love the idea of getting away for a camping trip at the weekend. As it’s still winter right now, it can be pretty unforgiving in the wild at night, and you will need to prepare a lot more for your trip out into the wild.
Camping in the winter might be cold, but it is also very tranquil and fun. Not many people choose the winter time to come out camping, so you will likely have the whole space to yourself, and beyond all that, you will be able to enjoy watching the stars and cuddling up beside the fire when the sun goes down.
If you want to shed a few post Christmas pounds and have a break with your family, get yourself a tent and head out into the wild this weekend. Before you go though here is a list of the winter camping essentials which you’ll need to take with you on the trip.
For navigation, you will want a GPS or your phone, and also a compass and map just in case you run out of power and signal in the forest.
Although you might think that the sun can’t damage you in the winter, it is actually slightly lower at this time of year so you could end up burnt if you are out for too long. Bring along some sunscreen, sunglasses and lip balm to protect your lips from cracking in the cold.
It goes without saying that you are in need of some layers in the winter. Mountain Goat Outdoor Apparel provides a range of thermal underwear, tops, fleeces, jackets, pants, gloves and hats to keep you warm and protected against the harsh conditions outside.
Because the days are much shorter in the winter, you will need a few forms of light to keep you going. You will need a flashlight, headlamp and batteries ready in case they run out during the trip.
Of course, every trip into the wild needs a first aid kit. You can get a kit from any drugstore for a great price.
If you are going to be spending some cold nights out in the wild and cooking food, you are going to need a fire to keep you and your food warm. Bring either a fire lighting kit, some matches or a lighter with you and you will be able to collect wood and make a fire on site.
In case of emergencies, bring along a Swiss Army knife, cooking equipment and duct tape.
Potatoes, meat, vegetables and of course marshmallows are a must here.
Always pack more water than you will need, because you never know if something will go wrong. It may be useful to bring a water filter to if you need to drink from the river or lake.
It goes without saying that you can’t go camping without a tent, sleeping bag and blankets!