Ice and Snow Protection for Camping

While some people think that camping is only for the spring, summer, and fall, we think otherwise. There is plenty of fun adventures to be had in the winter as well. And, it’s not so overly crowded like it is in other seasons.

However, you do certainly need to prepare for it. Camping in the cold will burn more calories, meaning, you will most likely want to eat more.  And, having a nice hot meal at mealtime will warm you from the inside out. Be sure that you pack accordingly and wear layers. You don’t want to get too hot and start sweating as this can be counterproductive and can become really cold.

And, be sure that you have done your research and know-how to take on the snow and ice and prepare yourself and your camping gear from this adventure.  If you have never done such a thing before, it might even make sense to try it out in the backyard first. This way if you get too cold or not quite right, you can go inside and warm up and try it again.

Pack down the snow

When you arrived in a snowy campsite, you will want to pack down the snow evenly. This will be the floor of your tent of which you will be sleeping on. You will want it as even as possible so you have a nice place to put everything.

For sleeping, you will want a sleeping bag that is rated for winter. These are special bags that will help hold the heat in better and you will want it a bit larger so that you can put your boot liners and clothing for the next day in it with you. There is nothing worse than starting the day out with cold clothing. So, we put it at the bottom of our bags to help warm them up for wearing the next day.

You will also want a thick and warm sleeping mat. The snow and ice can really suck the heat right out of you, so plan accordingly.

Your tent needs to be properly vented as well as your sleeping bag.  Never breathe inside your sleeping bag or you will wake up needing to chisel your way out. This can be very dangerous. A wet sleeping bag is of no use to you, so be cautious of this.  And, be sure to clear the tent of snow and frost with a tent brush as much as possible.

Check the weather

Check the weather. You should always check the weather, even in summertime camping.  But, high winds and ice and snow can make for a miserable camping trip.  If you can hold off during a bad storm, you should for your own safety. Winter camping can be a lot of fun, but going during a blizzard can also be dangerous.

When nature calls, be sure that you go. This is important to conserve energy and heat.  When you are holding in your pee, your body has to keep that warm.  When camping in the middle of the night out in the wilderness, getting out of your warm sleeping bag isn’t your ideal situation but it will conserve the energy your body needs to stay warm.


I have been camping and going outdoors for over 15 years! My first experience was when I joined the scouts. There I learned a lot. From building a campfire to set up a really big tent. Then I know this is awesome. Around 2005 I also started Geocaching. This is a lot of fun. And every time we go camping we look at the map to see if there are some nice caches around.

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