Keep Warm While Camping: Hoodies and Hot Water Bottles

Keep Warm While CampingAh, the beauty of Ireland in May!  The fresh green of the grass, the sweet scent of the shamrock in the morning—there’s nothing quite like it!  Although, it would be nice if it were a tad bit warmer at night when you’re trying to keep your nose from turning blue inside that little tent you’re calling home for the month. Here are my tips on how you can keep warm while camping

The Ups and Downs of Camping in Cooler Climates

For those of us budget campers, the cooler months are usually the best times to travel since flights are cheaper, campground rates are lower and tourist attractions in nearby towns aren’t as crowded.  But this leads to a major problem: not staying warm!  Sometimes our sleeping bags aren’t as warm as we thought they would be, or the tent’s walls are a little thinner than we remembered from last year’s summer trip to the Grand Canyon. So here are a few practical tips for keeping warmer while staying in the beautiful “Outdoor Hotel.”

My Tips to Keep Warm While Camping:

  • Keep your gear just inside the rain-fly of your tent–  Pack it tight and high. This will block the wind and keep your body heat inside.
  • Wear a hoodie for pajamas– Don’t be afraid to layer on those clothes.  You’re camping—nobody really cares what you smell like, and if they do, that’s what deodorant is for.
  • Use smaller tents– This traps your body heat better than larger tents, and will help to keep you a few degrees warmer.  Better yet, share that small tent with a good friend. Two bodies produce more heat.
  • Use your filled laundry bag– Use it as insulation at your feet to help trap in warmth on that end.
  • Don’t take short-cuts when setting up your tent– (Even if it means you have to tie your lines to your neighbor’s tents). If it isn’t stretched to the proper proportions, the material of the tent can actually cause the interior to feel cooler.
  • Try eating a small protein snack a few minutes before calling it a night– The digestive process produces a little extra internal heat.
  • Never take a hot shower just before bed– This will actually cause you to chill quicker, even if you blow-dry your hair.
  • Go woolly!- If you can handle wool, wear as much as you can at night.  Wool naturally traps your body heat in and wicks moisture out, keeping you nice and toasty.
  • Pack and use a hot-water bottle– Fill it up with water from the kettle and snuggle in for the night!

Here are some more tips on keeping warm while camping. If you have any tips on how to keep warm while camping we would love to hear them! Please feel free to share your knowledge in the comment box below.

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5 responses to "Keep Warm While Camping: Hoodies and Hot Water Bottles"

  • As you already pointed out, indirectly: wear a woolly hat or something to cover you head. Most of your body heat is lost via your head, so keep that energy trapped. You might look a mess in the morning, but atleast you did not freeze to death!

  • Kaitlyn says:

    You are absolutely right! If camping in cooler climates or while sleeping at night be sure to wear a hat to keep your head warm. I believe you can loose around 10% of your body heat through the top of your head. I know from experience that if you keep your head and ears snug it will significantly keep your whole body warmer. Everybody knows you never look your best while camping, that’s not the idea! Bring on the hats! Very valuable bit of advice -Thanks

  • Jude says:

    Actually you don’t lose any more heat from your head than from anywhere else on body, but obviously if rest of body covered, those areas will be warmer. I sleep in my merino wool leggings and longsleeve T. I also keep my wool socks on and wear a wool beanie. The joy of wool is that you can wear it day and night for an entire week without stinking to high heaven. This is something synthetics can’t do no matter what dubious substances they put in them.

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Thank you Jude for your very helpful points!

  • Evelyn Saungikar says:

    I camp in Canada. I’ve been tent camping when the temperature is -7 Celsius. Here are a few ideas that work for me:

    Make sure you have enough layers under you, you will lose more heat down than up. 7 is not too many, including clothing.

    Empty your bladder before turning in. You expend energy keeping your urine warm, and also you are less likely to have to get up and go in the night.

    Wear a balaclava mask to sleep. A cold nose can keep you awake.

    Put on a clean base layer before turning in. It can be the clothes you will be wearing the next day, but don’t go to sleep in anything you sweated in.

    If camping multiple nights, be sure to air out your tent and sleeping bag in the morning. Trapped moisture in either will make you colder.

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