Wintertime in the Midwest can be an enjoyable, invigorating experience for those who enjoy camping. Wintertime camping in these cold, snowy places is a challenge, but one that can be easily overcome, clearing the way for some real fun! Just remember to pack your warmest gear, a suitable camping tent and of course plenty of food for the duration.
The size of the Midwest offers hundreds of locations to camp or hike. If you’re considering a remote area it’s advisable to bring your best snowshoes to help avoid unexpected falls through hollow pockets of snow. Another, more adventurous way to get to your destination is snowboarding. Turns out many of you prefer this over plain old hiking!
Nature at its wintertime best
Nature’s animal kingdom shows why it’s so special during the winter. Camping in snowy, remote areas increases your chances of seeing animals in their various winter coats. While they’re foraging for food, they’re totally unaware that you’re there to watch them and take in their beauty while in their natural habitat. The natural surroundings are also spectacular during the winter months. Freshly fallen snow creates unique works of art that are specially made for anyone who cares to look. Gently running water from higher elevations meanders down a hillside providing water for animals and makes for some fantastic sightseeing. But, while you’re taking in all the natural beauty around you, don’t forget about making sure you’re needs are met before nightfall.
One of the worst things you can have happen is forgetting to pack enough of the proper equipment for your particular camping trip. Caps and gloves, heavy socks, long underwear and especially a warm coat. I know much of this goes without saying, but trust me when I say it would not be the first time someone ventured out and realized too late what they forgot to bring!
Plan to say warm
Part of your cold weather gear must include portable heat and hand warmers. Each of these are essential in their own right, and trying to do without them is a mistake. The best heaters use small propane tanks that are very efficient and can heat your tent quickly. However, remember the rules of tent heaters. The main one is never use the heater while you’re sleeping. Even the outside heaters that blow warm air into the tent must be run while you’re awake. The risks of injury or death are just too grave and easily preventable. To stay warm during the night, plan on packing the best sleeping bag you can get your hands on.
Assuming you slept in something other than the clothes you’ll be wearing tomorrow, take these clothes and put them inside your warm sleeping bags to take the chill out. Put them on after a few minutes inside your sleeping bag. This prevents having to start out the day freezing cold!