Camping in the cold is a lot more treacherous than regular camping, so it’s vital that you equip yourself with the right accessories and clothes so you can face the elements in confidence. I’ve compiled a list of the most essential gear you need for your cold weather camping expedition.
Clothes: Taking the right clothes with you is the most fundamental thing you can do. You’ll want some good base layers that are tight around the skin, and will dry easily should they get wet. Insulated middle layers to keep you cozy, and of course outer layers to protect you from any wind, snow and rain you might encounter on your trip.
Boots: A good pair of hiking boots is a must. Make sure you get something that’s comfortable and is a good fit. In particular make sure you have good ankle support.
Snow Shovel: If you’re going somewhere with a lot of snow, then a small snow shovel that you can fold up and attach to your backpack will be a real life saver.
Rucksack: A large rucksack that’s stable, secure and comfortable on your back. One that can hold all the extra gear you’ll need to bring along with you.
Extra Hat & Gloves: The last thing you want is for your hat and gloves to get wet. You’ll be in real trouble if that happens because you will lose so much heat through your head and hands. I personally like to pack 2 extra hats and 2 extra pairs of gloves, just to be on the safe side. If you only have one pair of gloves and they get wet, you are at risk of frost bite, so don’t skimp on this one, folks.
Extra Socks: Just like the suggestion to take the extra gloves and hats, you want to pack a bunch of extra socks. You’re at risk of frostbite if you don’t have adequate heating around your feet, so in the event your socks get wet, you’ll have plenty of spares to keep you going.