Camping in the winter can be a great experience. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors without having to worry about the crowds that come with warmer weather. However, camping in the cold weather does present some challenges, chief among them being how to stay warm. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to keep warm when camping in the winter so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.


Dressing in Layers

One of the best ways to stay warm when camping in the winter is to dress in layers. This will allow you to regulate your body temperature more effectively. Start with a base layer that will wick away moisture, such as merino wool or synthetic materials. Then add a mid-layer for insulation, such as fleece or down. Finally, top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer. A hat and gloves are also useful to keep warm.

Sleeping Warm

Another way to stay warm when camping in the winter is to make sure you’re sleeping warm. A good quality sleeping bag is a must-have for any winter camper. Make sure your sleeping bag is rated for cold weather and has a comfortable temperature rating that you’re comfortable with. In addition to a good sleeping bag, you should also invest in a sleeping pad that will insulate you from the cold ground. Some light exercise before getting in your sleeping bag will help to boost your temperature.

Building a Fire

One of the best ways to stay warm when camping in the winter is by building a fire. Not only will a fire provide warmth, but it will also be a great place to gather around and socialize with your fellow campers. When building a fire, make sure you find a spot that’s away from any trees or other flammable objects. Then, clear away any dead leaves or branches from the area so you have a safe space to build your fire. Ideally you will use a fire bowl or an off the ground, folding, wood burning stove. Once your fire is lit, make sure you keep it burning by adding logs as needed. If you’re not comfortable building a fire on your own, there are plenty of instructional videos and articles online that can help you out.


Camping in the winter can be a great experience if you know how to prepare for it. By dressing in layers, sleeping warm, and building a fire, you’ll be able to stay nice and warm all trip long. So get out there and enjoy nature—just make sure you do it safely!