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October 28, 2021
The first day of winter 2022 is coming, gang. For a lot of outdoorsy people, that means it’s time to put away the boots and settle in for hibernation...or is it? That’s right - for some of us, our outdoor adventures are just beginning! Winter camping gets more and more popular every year, probably because a lot of people are realizing that our current climate situation is about to take it away for good.
Anyway, with this newfound cool weather camping craze, it’s important to note that having the right gear is essential. Don’t get caught in the frigid air with nothing but a backpack and a dream!
If you’re lost on where to start (or just looking for some tips), you’ve found the right place. We here at WOO are experts in the art of traversing tundra, and we’ve got what you need.
We’ll start with the basics, then move on to the essential winter camping gear - tents, tent footprints, tree hammocks and accessories, blankets, waterproof bags - the works!
Lace up those snow boots friends, because we’re about to enter the icy world of winter camping!
This answer depends on your experience level, of course! Those who are only just dipping their toes into cold weather camping may be surprised to find they can’t handle anything lower than slightly chilly, while other ice-mountain maniacs may sleep in the snowy abyss with nothing but their phone and an insulation blanket (we don’t recommend that).
For beginning/average campers, getting lower than 30-40 degrees F (-1 to 4 degrees C) with just regular gear may be extremely uncomfortable, or downright dangerous. Winter camping requires special gear, not just whatever you have in your garage. If you have the right gear, you should be able to be (relatively) comfortable in even sub-zero temperatures.
Speaking of special gear, let’s start with the most important part of camping in the cold - your clothes!
Now that we’re dressed and ready to camp, it’s time to pack up our gear:
While we’re on the subject of hammocks, let’s get a few questions answered that might be hanging over your head (ahahaha. haha. ha.).
Staying warm while winter camping is nearly impossible in a hammock without the right gear. Honestly, you probably won’t be able to stand any temperature below 45 degrees F, with 60-70 degrees F being the most comfortable. Camping with a hammock in the winter is really something you should ease into, so maybe start when it’s warm first.
An important tip is to realize that it’s okay to turn back if it’s too cold or rainy. But, if you’re looking to stay and keep warm, read on!
So, how do you keep a hammock warm? Easy! By getting a hammock underquilt and accessories!
Let’s start with getting a good hammock first - Wise Owl hammocks are ideal for any weather condition, so you merely have to choose by size! The single hammock is great for 1, while the double hammock is perfect for a couple. We even have extremely durable kids’ hammocks for family trips!
After you get your camping hammock, you’ll need the accessories:
In short, you should have no problem feeling safe, secure, and stable while you’re in our hammocks! They’re essential winter camping gear for anyone who wants to face the elements with comfort.
This is really important - hanging hammocks in the winter isn’t always the same as camping during other seasons. Mostly because winter is, well, wet.
First, you’ll need to find 2 strong, healthy trees. Make sure they have no ice, snow, fruit, or dead or weighted down branches that can fall on you while you sleep. Next, you’ll need hammock straps. These don’t damage the tree, and maintain grip even on cold or wet bark.
If you’re a beginner, try out this hammock hanging kit - it has all of the extra tools you might have forgotten or need.
If you’re got all of your gear to stay warm in your hammock, you still might want to make it a little more cozy! Try out these accessories:
If you’ve gotten this far in the article, I hereby declare you a winter camping pro! You’ve got almost all the knowledge you need to adventure in a winter wonderland with ease - now you just need to pick your spot!
If you’re looking for anything else you might need, try our website - it’s full of camping goodies you won’t wanna miss out on. Trust me!
Stay warm out there!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor
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