Baby, it’s cold outside! That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy camping. It means that you’ll have to plan for the change in temperature accordingly.

Areas to Focus on Covering According to REI

There are some areas to focus on according to REI. When packing gear, consider Navigation, Sun Protection, Insulation, Illumination, First-Aid Supplies, Fire, Repair Kit and Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, and Emergency Shelter. Each of these areas covers the necessities you will need for cold weather camping.

Navigation covers compasses, maps, and GPS systems. Sun protection includes hats, lip balm, and sunscreen. Insulation covers a warm jacket, gloves, wool socks, a scarf, and a hat.

Illumination includes camp lights and lanterns. First-Aid supplies include your First Aid Kit complete with bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, gauze, and medical scissors. Fire includes flint, kindling, matches, and a waterproof container.

A Repair Kit and Tools includes anything you would need to repair a tent or clothing which is patches, a mattress pump, sealant, thread, heavy duty needles, and duct tape. Nutrition includes an extra day’s worth of food. Hydration includes water, water purifying tablets or a purifying straw.

Emergency shelter is among the most necessary items you carry as the elements can quickly overtake a person. A tent, tarp or reflective blanket are among the most valuable supplies you have. Choose them wisely to ensure that they’ll last a long time.

Other Necessities You’ll Want to Bring on Your Trip

Other cold weather camping necessities to have on you for your next trip is an all-season tent, backpack or daypack, sleeping bag with liner, sleeping pads (2 per person), pillowcase, and whatever else will make your trip safe, comfortable, and memorable. This may differ from person to person. Because you won’t be able to spend as much time outdoors as you would other times of the year, you may want to bring a tablet or e-reader, some cards or any other form of entertainment of your choosing.

Enjoy Our Campground Any Time of Year

Make cold weather camping pleasant with the right gear and staples. You’ll enjoy your trip more when you know you’ve got things covered. Your visit to Saco River Camping Area will be one that you remember for the right reasons, not the wrong ones!