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Clothing is particularly important during the winter. Regardless if you are venturing out for a hike or you are staying at the campsite, maintaining your body temperature and avoiding ill effects of cold such as hypothermia is very important. Always wear a hat. Up to 80% of your body heat can be lost through your head which is why it is essential that you wear a hat. Be sure to dress in layers. Wear several layers of clothing and choose outer clothing that is waterproof. You should also wear warm wool socks. Wearing two pairs of socks is advisable for warmth and comfort. Boots that are suited to cold weather and are waterproof should always be worn as well. Keeping your feet warm and dry is critical for warding off hypothermia.
It’s important to have a warm fire at your campsite and also make sure that sleeping arrangements or tents are properly insulated from the cold. Choose sleeping bags and sleeping mats that are waterproof and have warm linings. You should also get into the sleeping bag when you are already warm and dry. Before you enter your tent and go to sleep, do some exercises and warm up the fire. You should only sleep in dry clothes so if you have wet clothing on, change out of it.
Do not neglect nutrition even though you will be less hungry in the winter. Doing this will help you keep your energy level up. Try to include warm drinks. Great for adding nutrition and warmth to the diet is a cup or soup or canned soups. Coffee, tea, and alcohol will thin the blood and actually advance the symptoms which is why you should stay away from them if you are feeling the effects of hypothermia.
You need to be prepared for emergencies. It is not uncommon to have a sudden drastic shift in weather leaving you stranded and unable to return to your campsite. Having an accident such as slipping on a slippery slope or having a fall through the ice into the freezing water is also possible. If you are prepared for such disasters, then it could mean the difference between life and death. Always have waterproof matches, food and water supplies, blankets, and first aid kits available.
Taking some time to plan and prepare for camping in the winter is essential for staying safe and making the most of your experience. Do you have all the items to help you stay warm and nourished? Have a gear available in case of emergency and plan for the unexpected.