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Winter Camping: The Essential Checklist

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 GMT

Author: Staveley Head

If you love the great outdoors and you’re looking to get away for some peace and quiet in a tranquil environment then winter camping could be for you. Sure, it may be getting colder but add a few more layers, a hat, warm gloves and cosy scarf and you’re good to go.

And by winter camping we don’t mean wild camping, just you in the middle of a snowy wilderness.  Winter camping is available across the UK in many relaxing and beautiful campsites. Start your search for the perfect winter campsite with our Campsite Finder.

The most important thing to remember if you’ve decided to go camping this winter is to be organised, as this is the key to a comfortable camping experience.

Check the weather

Weather map


Remember to check the weather a few days before you travel so that you’ll be prepared come rain or snow.

Plan your route

RAC traffic app

Check your route options before you set off, especially if conditions are bad and you’re towing a caravan – you don’t want to risk getting stuck on a remote road. There are plenty of useful smartphone apps to help you travel safe.

Check your insurance

Whether you’re travelling by car, motorhome or with a caravan be sure to check your insurance. The last thing you need is for anything to happen and discover you’re not covered.

And finally; pack well

Fill your backpack to the brim – you’ll need it! Take waterproof clothing, along with thick jumpers or fleeces to keep you warm. Shoes aren’t just important to the fashion conscious! You’ll need to equip yourself with walking and waterproof shoes as well as lightweight pumps or plimsolls for the evenings. And don’t forget those all-important wellies.

Here is your winter camping essentials checklist:

  • Wellies
  • Rain coat
  • Woolly hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Layered clothing
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Torch
  • Walking shoes
  • Spare shoes
  • Games for kids (just for the evening)
  • Ice scrapers (for the car)
  • Blankets & Pillows
  • Emergency numbers (written down)
  • Fully charged phone
  • Car phone charger
  • Map
  • Extra food & drink
  • Flasks for hot drinks
  • Rock salt
  • Spare pegs
  • Mallet
  • Air pump (if you have an airbed)
  • And just in case it does snow… a shovel!

Remember always pack clothes that will cover you in the worst case scenario.  

If you’ve been winter camping, or if you’re planning a winter camping trip this year, let us know what your top tips are by joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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