Preparing for Winter Camping Trips

Summer has ended, fall has settled in, and winter weather will quickly be here. If you’re someone that loves to go camping, then you’re likely having a tough time accepting that this season is going to end. The good news is, enjoying the outdoors in the winter is entirely an opportunity that you can take advantage of.

If you haven’t been able to take advantage of a winter camping trip, this is the year to do it. Outdoor Satellite is lucky enough to know quite a few individuals that enjoy participating in this as a sport. In our blog post today, we’re going to touch on a few of the ways that you can prepare for winter camping this upcoming season.

Research Good Spots

The same way that you would when you’re camping in the summer, taking the time to research where you’ll be camping is a must. Moreover, winter camping can be extremely dangerous if you don’t research the location in advance. From the temperatures that you should be anticipating to the supplies that you should have packed, you’ll want to prepare adequately for all winter camping trips.

Given that there are so many passionate campers in the world, it’s not too difficult to find places that people recommend for winter camping trips. For that reason, we suggest turning to forums and friends who have gone on winter camping trips to see where they suggest you go on your first winter camping trip.

Invest in Quality Gear

As you may have assumed, the type of gear that you’re going to need while winter camping is going to be completely different than what you use when camping in the summer. For starters, no summer tent is going to provide you with the warmth and comfort that you need to one, survive in these harsh temperatures and two, remain comfortable.

If you do decide to go out and spend some time camping this winter, then you will want to make sure that you’ve looked at all of the equipment that you need and invest in quality materials. Make do with the pieces that will work from one season to the next, but also recognize when you’re going to have to invest in new pieces so that you can stay comfortable and safe when temperatures are low. We’ll tell you now, this will be more than your tent that you have to worry about upgrading.

Anticipate Avalanches

A downside to spending time camping in the winter is that there are dangers you wouldn’t generally come across during other months. One of those dangers is avalanches. Whether it’s your first time going winter camping or you’ve been many times before, you need to prepare for the chance of an avalanche.

If you’ve never been, it’s always good to learn a little bit more about how you can avoid choosing a campsite in an area where an avalanche could pose to be extremely dangerous. You should also check the conditions of the mountains before you leave for the trip so that you can be fully aware of any warnings that have been released for the mountain. That way, you can prioritize your safety and cancel any trips that could wind up more dangerous than enjoyable.

That being said, let’s dive into a few of the things that you should do before a winter camping trip that focus on your safety.

Prevent Injuries From the Cold

As we’ve mentioned above, the colder temperatures are going to make for a different experience than any other type of camping. One of the reasons that all of this preparation is so important is that the injuries that you could fall into because of cold temperatures are going to require different care tactics. One of the most common injuries, for example, is frostbite. It’s something that we’ve all heard about, but until you’ve been winter camping where temperatures are low, and you’re hiking miles in the snow — you don’t know.

As you shop around for equipment, research locations, and plan for your trip you want to be thinking about safety and the ways that you can avoid any injuries that the cold could present. From the way that you pack to the safety kit that you build, you want to make sure that you’re not only preparing for standard injuries that camping and hiking could bring on, but also for any injuries that would happen because of the cold. The next point that we cover is going to make up a significant component of planning for injuries and worst case scenarios.

Invest in a Satellite Phone

When you’re out in the wilderness, and you need help, you want to feel confident in the mediums that you have available for communication. When considering a winter camping trip, more often than not you’re going to have to account for a medium of technology other than your cell phone. It’s very rare that a cell phone will receive service when you’re far into the wilderness. For that reason, we strongly suggest looking into renting a satellite phone so that you can confidently go on your camping trip and know that you’ll be able to call for help if you need it.

Outfitter Satellite provides you with the option of both renting and purchasing high-quality satellite phones. If you’re interested in what options we have available and you’re ready to take advantage of them, contact our team today. We would love to get you set up with your satellite device for your upcoming trip!