Winter Camping With Your Young Family? Here’s How To Prepare For It

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The number of people spending time outdoors in the US is rising, and more than 6 million new North American households have adopted the camping lifestyle since 2014. Although camping is traditionally regarded as a summer activity, sleeping or spending time outdoors can become a year-round activity. It’s a matter of organizing yourself well, and even if you have a young family in tow, camping in winter is highly possible. In fact, it is one of the pleasures of being outdoors when there are not a lot of people, and you can enjoy nature blanketed in snow.

Preparing For The Trip

Finding your campsite is also a priority. The good news is that there are several campsites and parks that are available in winter. If bringing your own camping gear, ensure tents and sleeping bags can withstand extreme temperatures. Night temperatures between 50°F-75°F are ideal for sleeping outdoors, so make sure your tents and sleeping bags are warm enough. If it becomes too cold at night, choose camp sites that offer cabins and yurts. Do your research, and check what they offer. You might need to bring your own water, and if no electricity is available, there are ways to provide energy at your campsite. Bring your own wood for campfires, use thermal blankets and heating pads, and consider bringing dual fuel generators that work on gasoline or propane.  

Tips For Young Kids

Formula (if applicable), food, snacks, diapers and wet wipes are indispensable, as well as a first aid kit and any necessary medication. Bring warm clothes for layering, jackets, beanies, waterproof shoes, and torches for kids so they can see in the dark or if they want to read. Toys should be minimized, as the great outdoors is the best place to play. Your kids will never forget the times they played on the snow, rode a sled, or learnt to ski, which are all part of winter camping. It is also a wonderful time to bond with the family and spend quality time together.

Winter camping with young children is a challenging activity. Provided you plan well in advance, prepare your gear and your vehicle, and go with an open mind, camping in winter may quickly become your family’s favorite season to explore nature and the outdoors.

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