Winter camping is awesome. The stillness and starkness of the world around you during the cold months can lead you to a deep sense of awe and inspiration. There’s just something so profound about sitting on the shore of your favorite lake while nature has wound-down to a slow creep.
There are some other benefits as well. Like being able to build a roaring fire and sit close beside the flames. Or feeling the warm companionship of your wife while snuggling inside your tent.
There’s also one very significant drawback to winter camping… it’s so damn cold!
For me, camping in the cold is all about finding ways to moderate the chill to a tolerable level so I can enjoy the experience. There are two little accessories that help.
Yes, believe it or not, many a camper has forgotten to bring along a nice clean, dry, pair of socks to wear inside the sleeping bag. I’m not a socks to bed kind of guy, but when it’s 30 degrees outside they make a big difference.
It doesn’t really matter what type of socks you wear as long as they’re dry. Even the slightest dampness will reduce the benefit greatly.
You loose a massive amount of body heat through your head so keeping a lid on your noggin is a really good idea. I’ve got this old Carheart knit cap that I picked up years ago that works perfectly.
When choosing your hat look for one that has a tight weave that that is elastic. The tight weave helps retain body heat better and the elastic guarantees you’ll be able to pull it down over those ears.
Choose a hat that has no ribs or ridges woven in for decoration. Those will just annoy you while your head is on your pillow.