Winter Camping Essentials

Winter Camping Essentials


Depending on where you live, camping during the winter months can mean pitching your tent in subfreezing temperatures in the snow-covered bush. Although typically more challenging than setting up camp during the spring, winter camping can be an enjoyable experience for any outdoorsman with the proper gear. Here are 10 winter camping essentials you should consider acquiring before heading out into the wilderness this year.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 250

Goal Zero Lighthouse 250

Darkness and cold weather don’t mix very well, especially outdoors. Along with solid measures for starting a campfire, a reliable source of light such as the Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 should be an essential part of your winter camping ensemble. The Lighthouse 250 is a solar panel, USB power hub, and a lantern all in one that not only emits up to 250 lumens of light on the campsite, but also charges your GPS device, smartphone, and other electronic devices via the built in USB, solar panel, or hand crank. CHECK IT OUT

Patagonia Nuevo Range Jacket

Patagonia Nuevo Range Jacket

A warm camp fire alone won’t be enough to combat the wind, snow, and freezing temperatures that winter camping brings. You’ll also need proper winter attire such as the Patagonia Nuevo Range Jacket. Classic cotton styling is combined with an advanced Thermogreen polyester insulation that allows the jacket to trap heat, dry rapidly, and keep you warm even when wet. Additional features include reinforced corduroy collars and cuffs, elbow patches, quilted front and rear shoulder yokes for added insulation, and pockets outfitted with hand warmers for those extra cold nights in the winter weather. CHECK IT OUT

Biolite Campstove

BioLite Campstove

The Biolite Campstove is a lightweight wood-burning camp stove that converts heat into a viable electricity source for charging your electronic devices in the bush. It not only boils water in less than five minutes, but can also grill food on site thanks to an optional and separate grill accessory that’s available here. CHECK IT OUT

The North Face Dark Star Sleeping Bag

The North Face Dark Star Sleeping Bag

A tent by itself is no match for the elements when camping in the cold of winter. For protecting yourself against frigid temperatures, we recommend the Dark Star Sleeping Bag by The North Face. The warmest sleeping bag in the company’s Summit Series, the Dark Star boasts a Pertex shell and patented Climashield Apex and Prism shingles with an Apex core layer that will keep you warm in temperatures as low as -40 degrees fahrenheit. CHECK IT OUT

Mountain Hardwear Tent

Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Tent

The Direkt2 Tent by Mountain Hardwear has been field tested to stand up to extreme, wintry conditions at high elevations for those serious about winter camping. Surprisingly, the Direkt2 is also the lightest mountaineering tent manufactured by the company, making your trek to and from the campsite that much easier. Notable features include lightweight, aluminum poles, zippered mesh vents with built-in snow flaps, welded zipper flaps with watertight zippers, and an Evolution Tension Arch design that provides extra support against strong winds and the weight of snowfall. CHECK IT OUT

Columbia Bugaboot Plus II XTM Omni-Heat Winter Boot

Columbia Bugaboot Plus II XTM Omni-Heat Winter Boot

Proper footwear in the bush is important enough during the warm camping months, let alone during frigid temperatures and wintry weather. The Bugaboot Plus II XTM Omni-Heat Winter Boots by Columbia will keep your feet dry, warm, comfortable, and protected in the great outdoors thanks to a waterproof leather upper, a flexible, lightweight, and protective Techlite shell midsole, and an Omni-Heat thermal reflective insulated lining that retains your body’s naturally-produced body heat while shedding excess moisture. CHECK IT OUT

Stanley Classic Flask and Thermos

Stanley Classic Vacuum Thermos & Flask

Coffee and whiskey are two camping staples best carried by Stanley’s Classic series. The Vacuum Insulated Thermos keeps your drink of choice hot or cold for up to 24 hours and includes an insulated lid that doubles as a drinking cup. The Stanley Classic Flask tucks away securely in any pocket until a celebratory nip of whiskey is in order, and boasts a slim profile, a wide mouth, and the same durable exterior as the Vacuum Thermos. STANLEY CLASSIC VACUUM THERMOS STANLEY CLASSIC FLASK

GoRuck GR1

GoRuck GR1 Backpack

While definitely not the most affordable bag on the market, you get what you pay for with GoRuck’s GR1 Backpack. Built from military-grade, water-resistant materials, the low-profile GR1 Backpack opens up to reveal a large main compartment and a 17 inch, bombproof internal compartment reinforced to accommodate a hydration bladder or laptop computer, while a slew of external and internal pockets along with integrated MOLLE webbing allow for the organization of your smaller items. CHECK IT OUT

Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter

Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter

Matches get wet, and lighters run out of fuel, but a decent fire starter such as the Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter works every time you need it. Tucked inside the waterproof removable handle is a ferrocerium rod and metal striker, and enough room to keep extra dry tinder. A lanyard keeps the fire starter securely to your camping gear or on your person, while an integrated rescue whistle alerts rescuers to your location should your camping trip take a turn for the worse. CHECK IT OUT



While the previously mentioned Biolite Campstove is great for boiling water and cooking small portions of food, the SlatGrill is preferred when you’re cooking for more people or need a hotter cooking fire. Crafted from non-corrosive hard-anodized aluminum and stainless steel, the SlatGrill is simple to set up and is compatible with wood, charcoal, or gas. Rust-resistant slats block the wind while integrated vents keep the fire hot. The SlatGrill includes a 20 ounce duck cotton canvas roll and lifting chains for setting up over an existing camp fire. CHECK IT OUT


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