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What to pack in winter

What to pack in winter

Whether you’re camping in the mountains, by the coast, or in the outback, being prepared with the right winter gear and clothing is key to a successful adventure.

Staying warm while travelling during winter is essential for enjoying your outdoor adventure comfortably and safely. So, make sure that before you head out, you’ve packed the winter essentials and are ready to brave the cold.

The right clothing is key

Did you know that more than 85 per cent of body heat is lost through your skin? There’s a common misconception that you lose heat through an unprotected/uncovered head, but exposed skin is the biggest culprit of heat loss (which makes sense, when you think about it). That’s why packing the right clothing is the first step to preparing for an epic winter adventure.

The best way to stay warm in winter is by layering your clothing. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, which will keep your skin dry and absorb any moisture (as the name suggests!). Moisture-wicking fabrics include Merino wool, polyester, cotton and nylon. These materials will keep you nice and toasty, and allow you to layer easily. On top of this base layer, add a thermal midlayer for warmth, and top it off with a waterproof outer layer like a raincoat or windbreaker to protect against the elements.

Camping accessories

When it comes to sleeping bags, be sure to pick one that is rated for cold temperatures if you plan on travelling a lot in winter. Also look for a sleeping bag that has features like a draft tube along the zipper and a hood to retain heat. For added warmth, it’s also a good idea to consider a sleeping bag liner. These are also great if you find yourself in wet and muddy areas, as the liner will help to keep your sleeping bag clean.

A sleeping pad is another good option for those camping in winter. A good-quality sleeping pad provides insulation from the cold ground, and adds a layer of comfort, meaning a better night’s sleep.

Added comforts

If you have access to power, a portable heater can provide the additional warmth and comfort you’re looking for, making it an essential winter accessory. There is a range of portable heaters available on the market – from smaller options perfect for solo travellers, to larger-sized heaters to keep the whole family warm. For those looking for a more authentic outdoor experience, opt for a camp fi re to keep you nice and toasty on cold nights.

Hand and foot warmers are another convenient accessory that provide extra warmth in cold conditions. There are a number of different options on the market – from disposable to re-usable – but these little treasures ensure that no matter where you are and what you’re doing, your hands and toes will be nice and warm. Simply activate them and place them in your pockets or boots for instant heat!

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