Winter is a great season to explore the outdoors! Although it might initially seem counterintuitive to plan a camping trip when there is snow on the ground, it’s the perfect time to get out and go on an adventure. Popular national parks and trails can be visited and enjoyed at a leisurely pace, as the summer crowds are nonexistent. When you want to get the most out of a winter car camping excursion, it is necessary to prepare your car by making a few adjustments to the gear you would typically use on a camping trip. This article will help you prepare with tools to keep you warm and ready for those cold evenings. 

Carrying an extra wool blanket at all times

Treacherous road conditions brought on by inclement weather mean that you might get stuck in your car for hours on end. If that happens, having a blanket to wrap up in is a very welcome addition to your car supplies. Choosing a wool blanket means that the blanket will continue to be insulating and warm, even if it gets wet.

Small tools

There are many small tools that you can stash in your car for camping emergencies. Tires that have good traction can get out of the snow and help prevent you from getting stuck. A folding spade can help you if you need to dig out if there is an unexpected snowstorm. Keep a pair of heavy work gloves that will keep your hands toasty while you ski or cook dinner.

Camping supplies

Specific winter camping supplies will make your trip more enjoyable. A butane stove will allow you to cook dinner, no matter how cold it gets. Along with a butane heater, while expensive, it will keep you toasty by the campfire and in the car (without running down your car battery). An insulated water jug will ensure that you stay hydrated while simultaneously keeping your water from freezing. Insulated sleeping pads placed under your sleeping bag will keep you snug and warm all night long.

Winter sleeping bag

Perhaps the most crucial piece of your winter camping survival gear is a sleeping bag made for cold climates. Purchase a bag that’s rated for 10 to 20 degrees colder than the lowest temperature at your destination. Although expensive, the sleeping bag will keep you safe and warm through the night, ensuring that you are ready for whatever fun tomorrow brings.