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March 22, 2021
Hi Owl’s Nest,
Finally, the cold, short days of winter are behind us and the snow in several areas has melted away. While early spring is a very tricky time to camp or hike, it can be very serene and peaceful. As an outdoor explorer, you might have to cope with wet ground and cold nights, but with the right planning and camping gear, you can get out and enjoy nature any time of year.
Spring camping is a great time to hit the trails early in the season without them being as crowded. However, the weather can be unpredictable in the springtime, making it difficult to pack for. If you plan in advance and use this guide to spring camping, you’ll be ready to go!
Pack layers! Spring temperatures will have you changing from T-shirts to sweaters quickly. It’s best to use a three-part system that includes a base layer to get rid of the perspiration from your skin, a mid-layer that acts as insulation from the cold weather, and the final layer to keep the wind and moisture out. It’s never a bad idea to pack extra dry socks and shoes too!
It’s not guaranteed clean water will be available at some camps or parks. It is best to call ahead to double-check the water situation on site. Water can be high and fast-moving in the spring which can make it a dangerous situation for collecting and treating. Bring and store your refreshments in an insulated cooler! Wise Owls' Brr Bag offers leak-proof, convenient, and ample storage for all your needs on your adventure.
Fire-starters are unbelievably useful in damp spring conditions when it may be hard to find dry tinder. You can easily purchase one of these or make your own using cotton balls rolled in petroleum jelly. Pack your fire-starter in a zipper-seal plastic bag or mini dry bag. Stay warm in the night with a toasty camping blanket, compactable for travel and the perfect necessity for staying comfy by the fire.
Staying dry is key. Prepare your gear for weather conditions by bringing along a foot print - a waterproof barrier between the floor of your tent and the ground. It is best to pitch a tent on the dry ground which is not always possible in the spring. Our Big Foot footprint will keep you safe and dry from the elements.
When planning a hike consider the topography of your destination. Hiking on high ground will ensure a successful trek, but also means you won’t be tracking through muck and puddles.
Use hiking poles! Even the most experienced hikers can profit from hiking poles in the spring when trails are muddy, wet, and inevitably slippery. Poles can provide stability by allowing for two additional points of contact with the ground and can help you test the depth of a muddy puddle.
Finding a spot to pitch camp can be difficult in the springtime with new growth and unpredictable ground conditions. Once camp is set up, kick back and relax after a long day of hiking with one of Wise Owls’ hammocks. Being versatile for any terrain, lightweight, and easy to set-up, it’s the perfect piece to appreciate your time in nature. Bring along any fun camping games or activities to complete your trip!
Some of our favorites are:
We would love to hear about your favorite tips, tricks, or locations for hiking and camping in the spring in the comments down below!
Wise Owl Team
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