When Wearing Too Many Layers Gets to be Too Much!
We are heading back up to Cuyuamaca Rancho State Park next Friday and they are forcasting a cold one! It may snow as well and I’ve never camped while its snowing! I’m trying to be well prepared so I don’t complain too much! Two of my friends are getting a cabin right across from our campsite but I am promising myself not to crawl over there at 2:00 AM and ask if there’s room to cuddle. Check out these tips!
1.) Bring liquids that can be heated up by a fire- soup, coffee (with Baileys), tea. When you are sipping on warm liquid, it can definitely help with the cold weather!
2.) Always wait to add your layers! Never put all your layers on when you arrive! Start with the most minimal stuff- jeans, shoes, long sleeve tee. Once you start getting, cold trying to move around to warm up. If that isn’t helping, add ONE layer at a time-sweatshirt, scarf, leggings, gloves, jacket. Trust me- it will be warmer adding one item of clothing each hour for 6 hours than all at once (unless its that cold and it will keep you warm)!
3.) Bring blankets! Make sure your bed is nice and toasty when you crawl in! I like to sit around the campfire with a blanket- it helps a lot.
4.) Bring meals you have to cook. When you are actively doing something, like cooking, it tends to distract you from being cold.
5.) Always squeeze out a pee before bed! Nothing is worse than having to walk outside in the freezing cold to pee! It’s a rule– cold or not!!!
Some sound advice there that I will be taking on board. This is my first winter and I have to admit I’m not sure what to expect.
Point 5) is always an issue for me. I think my problem is that I drink too much whilst on the walk with the end result that every camp I have done I have had to get up in the middle of the night – sometimes on more than one occasion. Bit of a pain when one’s boots are wet and muddy! 🙂
Yep, I think point 5 is something that anyone spending a night outdoors can relate. If you don’t pee before bed and wake up with the need, suck it up and get too it! You will be surprised how much warmer you will feel when you get back into your sleeping bag. No need to use up all that energy and blood supply maintaining a bladder all night long.
Good Point to about your body being warmer AFTER you use the restroom! I didn’t think about that advantage! Thanks!
No. 6?: Sleep with a stocking cap on — especially if you are one who can’t burrow down into your bag without feeling like you are suffocating!
(And for No. 5 — isn’t it always that the cold compels the middle-of-the-night need, even if you’ve been diligent to go just before?)
Definitely need some kind of hat or beanie while sleeping! Good point! Or wear a hoody to bed! And yes!! THe cold DOES compel the need to pee 🙂
I always tuck my clothing for the next day into my sleeping bag or under the covers with me. That way, I’m not trying to slip on chilly jeans on an already cold morning. Who’s bringing me my coffee in bed?
That’s a really good idea! I’m going to try that! There is nothing worse than putting on chilly clothes first thing in the morning!