Cold weather camping gear these days is getting more and more innovative, which means that you can more safely enjoy a camp trip in any kind of weather. Many of the latest and greatest camping supply companies have created some unique types of gear just for sleeping out in freezing or even below freezing temperatures. Here's what you should know about a few different items that are great for the outdoor enthusiast when it's particularly chilly outside:
Four Season Tents
These days, a tent is not just a piece of canvas you sling over a branch to keep the rain off. Instead, if you're planning to do plenty of winter camp trips, it's important to invest in a four season tent. These tents include many features that help prevent problems no matter what the weather is like during your trip. For wintertime trips, it's especially important to get a tent with cold-crack tested windows and aluminum poles that will not get brittle even in the worst weather. Plus, you might need separate snow stakes for your tent so that you can stick it out on top of a drift in the mountains.
We're getting better and better at making clothing from synthetic fibers that is created for a certain purpose. Some synthetics keep you cool when it's hot out, and others keep you warm when it's freezing. One of the best innovations is synthetic underwear and outerwear. These new fibers are more insulating and water-resistant than cotton, but they are not itchy like wool can sometimes be. Synthetic clothing is great for cold weather camping because you can layer it so that you do not freeze but so that you also are not sweating, which is a big contributor to frostbite.
Coleman Tent Heater
Coleman has long been one of the premier names in camping of all sorts, so a Coleman tent heater is sure to be a great addition to your list of gear for your trip. They offer a couple of good options for any budget including their “BlackCat” series and “SportCat” series. A portable heater that's safe to use in enclosed spaces can make it easier to keep the inside of your tent comfortably warm, which is particularly important for when you're sleeping. This is especially important if you do not sleep well when completely bundled up in a sleeping bag, because you will not have to be completely zipped up when the inside of your tent is warmed from your Coleman tent heater.
You might not think of food as one of your essential pieces of gear for an outdoor-out when it's freezing outside, but it really is. Because your body will be burning so many calories to stay warm, you'll need to be even more careful about packing enough food on a wintertime trip than you would in the summer. Plus, if you happen to get lost or otherwise delayed, you will be much less likely to be able to findible food in the middle of nowhere. Freeze-dried foods using the latest technology are easy to prepare and are a simple way to ensure that you're getting enough calories on your trip.