Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tips for Winter Camping with Kids

For Thanksgiving we headed south to the Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest to camp and hike.  This was our first experience winter camping with the kids.  With snow on the ground and temps below freezing, we bundled up and hunkered down for the night.  Here are some tips for making winter camping more pleasant:

winter camping with the kids
Winter camping with the kids

Have the right gear.  A 4 season tent and sleeping bags rated for less than 30 are key for keeping everyone warm at night.

Sleep with hats, gloves and socks.

Let kids put on comfy (clean) clothes to sleep in.  Unless the kiddos have favorite footed pjs, consider letting them sleep in clothes.  It is more pleasant to be dressed for the day when they wake up instead of having to change out of pjs into clothes when it's freezing cold in the morning.

Go super lux - buy a heater for the tent.  Our (only) neighbors during the last camping trip introduced us to a heater you can hook up to a propane tank to keep you toasty in your tent...

mr. heater big buddy
Portable indoor safe propane heater for camping - Kovas will try this out on his next camping trip.

Plan on one night and close to home for a first run at winter camping.

Pack plenty of easy snacks and meals - or consider a warm restaurant for a treat. :)


Have you tried winter camping?  
Any other tips?


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