These ideas will start to prepare you for your wintry expedition, and may even save you some heartache.
Firstly, because you need to take a lot more with you for a winter trip, you'll need something decent to carry it all.
It's worth investing in a good quality, lightweight backpack, big enough to pack all the things you'll need. Before spending your money, do some research and check out the good reviews on backpacks
For a 2-4 day trip, you'll probably need one with at least 60-litre capacity. If you're taking skis or snowshoes, then you'll need to make sure there is somewhere on the pack to attach them.
A suitable, good quality sleeping bag is necessary for the weather you're likely to encounter.
It’s no good taking a light sleeping bag with you if the night-time temperatures plummet to minus-something.
You should buy a sleeping bag designed for temperatures at least 10°C lower than what you're expecting. Goose Down is your best choice since it's relatively lightweight yet still warm and insulating.
If you think your kit is likely to get damp, it's worth paying extra for a sleeping bag that's water resistant.
Adding a sleeping bag liner helps add some extra warmth too, as well as serving to keep your bag clean.
You need to add some good quality boots or shoes for trekking, but when you settle into your camping spot, you'll want to change into something more relaxing.
There are few things worse than cold or wet feet, so take with you some quality insulated boots to keep your feet warm at night. Sheepskin-lined boots like those from Ugg Express
are ideal for this.
Dress to keep warm
The trick to keeping warm in winter is layering. Once you become inactive, your body will cool down rapidly, and you'll need layers to trap in the warmth.
First, have a base layer of thermals; polyester is best for these. Then add a middle layer; fleece is good to give the feeling of wool without the itchiness. A lightweight Sherpa fleece
is a good choice if you can afford it.
And it's best to avoid cotton. For the outer layer, you'll need to add a light waterproof jacket.
A lightweight, small, and handy addition is a scarf. These can be added and removed quickly and easily to regulate temperature, and you'll also need to add gloves and socks.
If you suffer from cold hands and feet, you may find a chemical heating pad useful too.
In winter the nights are long, so you'll need to make sure you have enough batteries to keep your lights working through these extra hours.
Remember, the cold can decrease battery life, so do what you can to keep your battery-operated devices as warm as possible. Note that lithium batteries work best in cold conditions.
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