7 Tips To Stay Warm & Have Fun Winter Camping In The Northwoods

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If you’re planning a winter camping trip in the Northwoods make sure to bring the right clothes, plenty of food and water, as well as the right tent and sleeping bag. If that sounds like a lot of stuff to pack into your car, the Vault Cargo Hitch Carrier will help you transport all of your camping equipment with ease!  

Cold weather camping offers an affordable way to escape reality and find peace and solitude in the great outdoors. The Northwoods of Wisconsin offers the perfect place to do so, with scenic campgrounds second to none.

Northwoods winter campingPeople visit this part of the country all throughout the year, even when the sun isn’t shining. In fact, cold weather camping is an incredibly popular activity for all types of campers. There are plenty of organized campsites as well as more rugged camping opportunities for seasoned pros. For instance, ski a mile or two across frozen Lake Superior and camp on one of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s 21 rocky islets. Here you’ll find scenery that far surpasses any 5-star resort.

In order to enjoy your camping trip to the fullest, here are 7 tips to stay warm and safe while having the time of your life.

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#1. Know What Temperatures You Are Heading Into

Around here, winter starts in November and extends through March. By the end of November you can expect to find a solid layer of snow on the ground, and from there the picturesque Northwoods transforms into an all-out winter wonderland. The average snowfall is between 1 and 2 feet, making it the ideal place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Winter temperatures range between -15° and 35° F. The last thing anyone wants is to spend the entire trip freezing to death. Make sure to look up the weather forecast a couple of weeks before you are due to arrive, and again right before you are scheduled to leave. That way you bring the proper clothing and equipment to stay warm. Even if temperatures are forecasted on the warmer side, bring plenty of cold weather gear just in case.

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#2.  Bring The Right Clothing For Cold Weather

Warm clothing is adamant to staying safe during cold weather camping. Otherwise your trip can turn into a stressful and even dangerous situation.

First and foremost, leave your cotton clothing at home; it’ll do you no good out here. Cotton retains moisture and will only make you colder. Instead, opt for synthetic fibers that actively wick moisture away from your body, keep you dry and help trap in heat.

  • Pack plenty of layers because you’re going to need them. Dressing in layers allows you to remove clothing so that you don’t overheat.
  • Bring long underwear; even if you don’t wear it during the day you’ll be extremely happy to have it at night.
  • Leave your sandals and sneakers at home and bring waterproof insulated boots.

#3. Set Up Your Tent & Sleeping Bag For Success

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  • Bring a warm sleeping bag, such as a mummy bag, which is capable of keeping you warm in temperatures as cold
    as 0° F. You’ll also need a four-season tent model that is sturdy enough to withstand a storm or heavy snowfall without collapsing.
  • Set your tent up on a layer of snow, as opposed to bare ground, in order to provide better insulation.
  • For added comfort and warmth, add a foam pad to the floor of your tent beneath your sleeping bag.
  • Keep your sleeping quarters even warmer by placing bottles filled with hot water at your feet and near your torso. Place the water bottles in secure bags, just in case they leak in the night.

#4. Bring Plenty Of Food

When you work or play out in the snow your body rapidly burns through calories as it is constantly trying to stay warm. That’s why it’s so important to bring enough food along for your camping trip.

  • A heavy cast iron Dutch oven or small cook stove will make the perfect cooking tool to prepare all kinds of campfire favorites. Whatever you do, don’t cook in your tent or else you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.
  • When cooking outside, try and find a place that is sheltered from the wind. Use a foil base to prevent your stove from sinking into the snow as it heats up. Take the time to warm up gas stove pumps so that they don’t crack.

#5. Bring Everything You Need For Winter Camping With A Cargo Hitch Carrier

Sleeping bags, tents, foam pads, plenty of warm clothes for layering, food, skis… how are you going to fit all of these things into your car? That’s where the hassle-free Vault Cargo Hitch Carrier comes into play, ensuring you have plenty of room for all o your winter camping necessities.

The Vault Cargo Hitch Carrier attaches to the back of your vehicle and extends space for all of your camping gear. In fact, it can hold up to 500 pounds of equipment in a compact 60” x 24” platform. Every inch of the affordable Cargo Hitch Carrier is engineered for success, from the easy-to-clean mesh floors to the built-in 2” inch rise that keeps your equipment safe from vehicle exhaust and the ground. Built from heavy-duty powder-coated steel, the Cargo Hitch Carrier offers unmatched durability. Plus, the 8.7” sidewalls protect your gear while providing a convenient spot for tie down strap attachments.

Learn more about the unique Vault Cargo Hitch Carrier.

#6. Drink Lots Of Water

Hot weather encourages you to drink water, but don’t let the cold fool you. You still need plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and healthy. Bring plenty of water so that you don’t resort to eating the snow, which can cool down your internal body temperature and put you at risk for hypothermia.

#7. Download The Travel Wisconsin App

The Travel Wisconsin App relies on your phone’s GPS technology in order to locate nearby events, nature attractions, campground accommodations and more. The app even includes local maps and helpful step-by-step directions in case you get lost.

Download the Travel Wisconsin App for Android & Apple: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/travel-resources/mobile-apps

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