Just because the warm season is slowly starting to subside this doesn’t mean us hard core campers need to pack up our tents and wait till the next warmer seasons. Winter camping is very possible as long as you take the precautions to ensure your safety.
When camping in the winter you will need to remember that the ground is now harder then it was in the summer, cold, possibly snow covered and wet. You will want to make sure you are not sleeping directly on the floor of your tent with only your sleeping bag acting as a barrier. The best thing to help protect yourself from the cold ground is to invest in a pad to put underneath your sleeping bag on the tent floor. A good pad will help prevent frostbite and moisture problems from the damp ground/air and keep your body from directly coming into contact with the cold ground.
Because of the cold wet ground you will want to make sure you are also adequately supplied with firewood and fire starting supplies. Extra supplies will be needed because of the elements and possible problems that could arise because of the elements. Make sure you carry enough long matches, lighter fluid, dry wood and kindling, and other flammable items you use during your camping trips.
Winters campers will find that a windscreen can come in handy when it comes to cooking to keep the cold wind from effecting your cooking fire. A windscreen placed in front of your tent will also help prevent heat loss from the night winds.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that you stay warm and well fed is to pack protein enriched foods. Avoid junk foods while packing granola, nuts, cheese and other high in protein snacks. It is also very important to drink plenty of water. If you are unable to take water in to where you plan to camp you will need a water purifier kit to clean the water you will drink.
As with any camping trip you will want to check your supplies over and make sure everything is in good working order. Make sure your first aid kit is stocked and anything inside is not past its expired date. Pack the proper types of clothing for the weather you will be experiencing make sure that you have packed extra clothing to take in account for extra layers and possibly getting your clothing wet which would require a change of clothing quickly to avoid hypothermia.
It is always wise to camp with a group or a friend. If you are unable or want to camp alone always leave detailed information with someone you trust so that if something happened someone will know were you are and be able to locate you in the event of an emergency.