Who's ready for winter camping trips?
Don't let the cooler weather deter you from outdoor adventures. It can get pretty bloody cold during this season but we're still hitting the great outdoors, albeit with a few extra layers of winter clothing. In this article, we'll share 5 quick tips to make your winter camping experience more enjoyable and memorable.
1. Bring Sufficient Firewood and Fire Starters: During winter, everything tends to be damp, making it challenging to find dry wood for your campfire. Ensuring you have an ample supply of firewood and reliable fire starters is essential. Campfires not only provide warmth but also create a cozy ambiance, perfect for winter camping. We highly recommend grabbing some marshmallows and melting them between chocolate biscuits to really enjoy that fire!
2. Pack Extra Sleeping Bags or Blankets: Winter nights can be colder than expected, so it's wise to bring an extra sleeping bag or blanket. A handy lightweight option is a Sleeping Bag Liner, which provides heaps of extra warmth. Having the right sleeping layers ensures you're prepared for unexpected temperature drops or if someone in your group forgets to bring enough layers. Staying warm and comfortable is crucial for a good night's sleep while camping.
3. Be Mindful of Shorter Days: During winter, the days are shorter, which means you have fewer daylight hours for exploration and activities. Plan your itinerary accordingly and prioritise the activities you want to do during the limited daylight hours.
4. Store Gear and Chairs Before Sleeping: Nighttime dampness is a common occurrence during winter camping. To prevent your gear and chairs from getting soaked overnight, pack them away under cover or in the car before settling into your sleeping bag or swag. This way, you'll wake up to dry and usable equipment in the morning
5. Carry Quality Supplies: When camping in winter, having the right supplies is crucial. Don't forget to pack your essentials, including warm clothing, proper camping gear, cooking equipment, and, of course, a reliable camping stove. Most importantly, don't forget to bring your Dog & Gun Coffee, because there's nothing better than a steaming cup of bloody good coffee on a chilly winter morning.
Winter camping in Australia can be a fantastic adventure, provided you're well-prepared. By following these tips, such as bringing firewood and fire starters, packing extra sleeping layers, being mindful of shorter days, storing gear properly, and carrying quality supplies, you can enhance your winter camping experience.