Winter isn’t known as camping season, but just because the temperatures dip, it doesn’t mean you have to pack your tent away. If you haven’t gone camping in the winter before, I have 5 reasons you should try it this season.
1. Fewer Crowds
Like I said, winter isn’t exactly known as camping season, which actually works out in your favor. Fewer people go camping in winter, which means that if you do some research, you could probably find a spot to have all to yourself.
2. Winter IS Camping Season
I grew up in Texas. Winter was the only time we could go camping without sweating all night. Check out destinations in the desert for prime temperatures when the rest of the country is freezing.
3. You Don’t Need a Cooler
I love my cooler. I have a YETI that keeps my food and beverages cold for days during the warmer months. As much as I love it, it’s not super comfortable to carry very far. In the winter, however, I don’t even need it! I just pop my beers (or sodas) right in the snow.
4. Fewer Bugs
There are few things I loathe more than biting flies and mosquitos. They can turn a fun backpacking trip into the seventh circle of backcountry hell. But in the winter, you don’t have to worry about it! Not to mention, you also save the weight on bug spray.
5. It Makes You Appreciate Home
The thing about winter camping is that it can go from awesome to terrible in a matter of minutes, if you’re unprepared. I camped once with a sleeping bag that I thought would be “good enough.” After a sleepless night filled with chattering teeth, I packed up my stuff, went home, took a hot shower and bought a new sleeping bag.
Use these tips on how to stay warm while winter camping.
Where are your favorite places to go camping in the winter?