Top tips for winter camping
Winter is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop camping. Many campsites stay open all year round, even if some of their facilities might be limited off-season. Who needs that outdoor pool in December anyway! Weather-wise you might be lucky and catch some late season sunshine but even if the temperature drops, follow our top tips and you’ll be able to carry on camping no matter the conditions.
- Remember that the nights are starting to close in so don’t leave it too late to set off or you’ll be putting your tent up in the dark.
- Temperatures are falling, especially at night, so pack your three season sleeping bags, and perhaps even duvets and fleece blankets. Take more than you think you’ll need and you’ll be fine. Hot water bottles, bed socks and even hats all help keep you and your family cosy. Take some absorbent cloths to deal with condensation.
- Pack plenty of warm clothes (particularly extra socks) so you can put on or take off layers.
- A nearby family-friendly pub, preferably with open fires, is a definite asset come the evening.
- Make sure you have got a good lantern and spare batteries – the nights can be long in winter.
- Even better, try to get a site with electric hook-ups so you can have unlimited electric heating and lighting.
- Pack your wellies and waterproofs. Rainfall is generally higher than through the summer months. Bring a folding plastic box in which you can leave your boots next to the door – it will stop mud getting into the tent.
- Don’t pitch at the bottom of a slope and avoid other areas that look as though they might get waterlogged.
- Check out what indoor activities are on hand for the kids before you head off. A pool will keep them occupied no matter the weather
- Now could the time to try out a spot of glamping in fully-equipped tipis, yurts, or pods. Prices are lower at this time of year than at high season, they can be warmer than a tent and there’s no struggling to dismantle a soaking wet tent when you leave.
- Finally, go local. If it turns too cold and wet, you can always come home…