Winter Camping
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Even though the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are getting colder, it is still possible to enjoy a camping trip.

You just need to make sure you put a few extra checks and safety measures in place.
It goes without saying that you need to layer your clothing, making sure you have the necessities such as hats, mittens and gloves.

Tents should be dual layered and you should check the temperature rating of your sleeping bag. Manufacturers tend to rate sleeping bags with two sensors, the temperature the sleeping bags can be comfortable in and the temperature it will allow you to survive in. The latter is only for those thinking of mountain use. You should choose the lower comfort temperature, because it is far easier to cool yourself down, than trying to keep yourself warm.

Sleeping bag liners can also be used for extra warmth.

Winter camping also means takes a little more planning than in the summer months and using a few more safety guidelines. Here a few that will help your winter camping trip run smoothly

• Never camp alone, always with a group of people, experienced in winter camping if possible.

• Study the weather conditions for the proposed period of your camping trip.

• Check the local road conditions in advance.

• Speak to people who have camped at a winter site, they may be able to offer you valuable tips

• Always take extra food, drink, clothing and money in case of unforeseen emergencies.

• Plan your route in advance and let someone know back home where you will be and when and also give them a list of contact numbers.

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