Winter time can hard or it can be easy. And there’s only one thing that makes it hard. Not preparing for it.
Are you prepared for the Winter months? Do you have bags of salt and sand in your vehicle? Did you pack a winter survival kit yet? I know every time my car got stuck in the snow. Or every time I nearly froze to death camping in January. All of which happened strictly because I didn’t properly prepare. Prepare now and prosper later. This is especially important in the Winter.
Here’s what this article covers:
- Survival Preparation for Winter Camping
- Winter Camping Hacks, Tips, and Techniques For Prepper’s Survival
To prepare like a pro for these cold snowy months. There are certain skills that will make you prepared and ready to act in a Winter survival situation. Camping can be extra fun in the icy weather. It’s a different experience. But you’re going to want to learn a few things before taking a trip outside for days. You don’t want the cold to turn a fun camping trip into a hypothermic nightmare.
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Preparation for Winter Survival
Gentleman, as in any area of survival. You know we always start with prepping. Okay, a survival mindset comes first but assuming you have that since you’re here. Preparation is number one. Going camping or hiking in the Winter snow can be a fine survival challenge. But the fun survival challenge can quickly turn into a serious non-fun survival challenge rather quickly if you’re not prepared for what could happen in the cold climates.
It’s necessary to take extra safety precautions and have a detailed plan of action. below are some tips and tricks for surviving outside in the Winter. If you’re a Winter outdoorsman type man like me, you’ll find a few of them useful.
Winter Camping Hacks, Tips, and Techniques For Prepper’s Survival
1. Get Found
This may be the most important and most overlooked. Whenever you’re traveling to go camping, hiking, skiing or any backcountry activity. You want to have a plan in case you end up in a survival situation. Would you be able to be found if someone went looking for you? Tell others where you’re going. Bring a radio. Leave a map of where you’re going. Be safe.
2. Hang The Candle Lantern
If you feel you can do this securely, some do some don’t. Hang a candle lantern in your tent for lighting and to provide some warmth.
3. Food for Warmth and Energy
We want our food to taste somewhat good. Or at least be tolerable. When it comes to surviving the cold, our goal is to consume foods that will aid in warming our body temperature and give us as much energy as possible. Go for effectiveness over taste.
4. Start Fall and Winter Trips Early in the Morning
In the Winter season, the sun goes down earlier. Much earlier. Around Halloween time it is pitch dark where I live at 5:00 pm.
5. Bring The Vaseline
If you don’t already know, there are dozens of survival uses for Vaseline. So we want to pack it in our winter emergency survival kit. You can use it to coat cotton balls for making a fire.
6. Boil The Snow
The abundant resource that’s around you can be your greatest ally. Take the snow and boil it. Now you have water to drink. And you can also keep your feet warm. See #12.
7. Wear Extra Gloves, Hat, and socks
When you’re wearing double layers wrapped in a blanket and any other padding you have with you, and you’re still freezing. You start to wish you brought extra socks and gloves. And if either or get wet, you want to replace them with fresh dry material as soon as possible.
8. Sleeping Bag
Winter time is no time to not take your sleeping equipment seriously. Invest in a quality sleeping bag. Also when setting up your area to sleep. Put extra layers on the bottom more than on top of you. Sleeping on the uneven ground is what you want to avoid. Remember what Bear Grylls says, two layers on the bottom are worth one on the top.[bctt tweet=”Remember what Bear Grylls says, two layers on the bottom are worth one on the top.” username=”prepper_pride”]
9. Fireproof Shell
Fire is essential for us and at the same time something that could kill us. Guess you could call it a love-hate relationship. But to be serious for a moment. If you’re going to be building campfires, which you probably are. You’ll need fire one way or another in the outdoors. Be safe when doing so. Get a fireproof shell to prevent any fire emergencies. Wool is the best material for this as it is a highly resistant material. Be safe, wear a fireproof shell.
10. Stay Dry
This is probably obvious. But it’s the main safety concern for surviving in Winter environments and should be in mind at all times. If you do get wet, you’ll need to replace the wet clothing with dry clothing as soon as possible. So remember to pack extra.
11. Put Boiling Water in Your Water Bottle and Sleep with It at Your Feet
This is an easy one to forget, which I do all the time. I like to camp in the winter time and when I wake up in the morning and grab my water bottle. It’s frozen. Of course,e it’s frozen. This is simple to prevent though. Boil water before going to sleep and pour boiling water in your water container. You’ll have non-frozen water when you wake up.
12. Cold Feet
Also, the boiling water in your water container. If you decide to do that, you can then put the container at your feet in your sleeping bag. It helps keep your feet warm.
13. Keep Your Valuables in Metal, not Plastic.
If you’re carrying something that’s extra important to your survival, which is probably everything if you’re camping. Store it in a metal container. Most containers we use in everyday life is plastic. One problem with plastic in the Winter. Plastic can break when exposed to cold temperatures. Will it break? Maybe. Maybe not. But why take the chance. Use metal containers if you can to keep your belongings safe. Definitely use one for the essential items for survival.
And remember, the survival kit in a can you can make it in a tin container. So if you make one of those, you’ll know you have important items safe and secure with you.
14. Snow Packing
When setting up your camp, even though it’s a lot of work. You can pack the snow around the campsite. Essentially build walls of snow which will help block the wind. Again, a lot of work but more than worth it if it’s windy in your location. Winter winds can be brutal.
15. Don’t Go Alone
Going camping in the winter wilderness has many benefits. But like anything, it has its pros and cons. If you want to go alone, no problem. Just take one safety precaution, tell at least one person where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone. Or leave a document of some sorts detailing where you’re going. Leave something. Don’t be James Franco is 23 hours.[bctt tweet=”Just take one safety precaution, tell at least one person where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone.” username=”prepper_pride”]
16. Create a Natural Windbreaker
When you’re looking for a location to set up your tent or winter survival shelter, look for a location with flat dimension land. The more trees that are around the spot, the better. The trees around flat ground create a natural windbreaker.
17. Bring A Winter Emergency Kit
When going camping or hiking outdoors, especially in the Winter. Make sure you pack and bring a winter emergency survival kit. God forbid you to have a medical emergency during the time you’re out, you’ll want a kit to grab that has what you need in it to take care of the situation.