Surviving cold weather camping

With little room for essentials let alone accessories for all types of weather, your low-season camping holiday might be a cause for concern. Here is some expert advice on how to survive the winter temperatures when camping in the British countryside.

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Prepare well

First of all, you’ll want to get to know the campsite you are visiting. If you’ve been there before, you will know roughly where the shadiest or more protected spots are and can plan your position in advance. If you aren’t familiar with the grounds, visit the campsite’s website or contact the owner to ask for more information on the best angle for your tent. A somewhat sheltered area might be best to encourage a good fire and protect you from the elements. See  http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/how_to_build_a_campfire.htm for information on fire safety and etiquette.

Appropriate clothing

Not only is it important to wear suitable clothing during the day, but it’s also vital to wear layers at night when the temperature plummets. You want clothes that will keep you warm while you are being inactive, so be sure to bring along some polyester or merino wool thermals to lock in heat and then layer with additional breathable materials. Try not to pack clothes that will irritate your skin as this will only lead to discomfort and will make you less likely to enjoy the peace and freedom of your holiday. Be sure to have a waterproof jacket to wear in the event of downpours, and don’t forget to keep your head, hands and feet warm. Did you know that most of your body’s heat is lost through your head?

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Additional accessories

In addition to considering suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor activities, any camping trip requires you to think about food and drink. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The latter options will also help keep you warm, and hot chocolate can provide you with the calories you need to go on a long hike! If you’re wondering how you will manage to fit in all these essential items, bags like the Vanquest 3.0. messenger bag (http://www.angloforro.co.uk/product/vanquest-envoy-3-0-messenger-bag/) are perfect for travellers.

Winter is a great time to go camping. Just make sure you are suitably prepared to survive the cold weather, and let the fun begin!

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