My friends know that I’m not a fan of numbered lists. I don’t think simple lists of tricks are conducive to real learning. If you want to be comfortable and safe in the wilderness, you need to do two thing: READ and PRACTICE. Practicing is fun, but reading is a lost art. Most people these days don’t have the patience to read more than a simple bulleted list. Real knowledge comes from reading volumes of information and then applying that information to life. Alas, it’s Friday. Enjoy this list!
10 Ways to Keep Warm While Camping
- Keep yourself dry. Moisture is the enemy of heat. If your under layers saturate with sweat, change them. Always change your socks!
- Put on all of your dry cloths, even your rain gear. Each layer traps more air between you and the environment.
- Stay active. Walk around camp, do your chores, and exercise if you need to. Just don’t start sweating.
- Eat fatty foods. Fatty foods release heat as they digest. I always pack salami and pepperoni.
- Drink warm fluids like hot chocolate or coffee. Be careful not to drink so much that you need to make a midnight run to the nearest tree.
- Use hand and foot warmers. Keeping your extremities warm really helps.
- Cover your head. Use hoods if you have them, they let your body and head share warmth.
- Wear mittens over glove liners, and pull your thumb in with your fingers. Keep the crew together!
- Wear your sleeping bag like a coat. Most of them will zipper up from the bottom so you can hang your legs out.
- Build a fire! Fires warm the body and spirit. Keep it small and safe! You’ll really be cold if you burn your shelter down.