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How to Pull Off a Successful Winter Camping Trip

Winter camping trips bring different challenges then camping in the warmer months. Daylight is limited, and the potential for severe weather is higher. However, camping in the winter can introduce you to the true beauty and peacefulness of the land. Consider these tips if you plan on camping out this winter.

Plan Ahead

Having a firm plan for your winter camping trip will help it go smoother. Since camping alone is dangerous, figure out who will be in your group. It’s always a good idea to pick people who have expertise in various survival skills, such as shelter building and pathfinding. Research locations and study maps to gain a better understanding of the terrain and how difficult and long it will be to get to your campsite. From there, check weather forecasts to ensure that you won’t be walking into a blizzard.


Once you have your plan, be sure to let family members and other friends know of your whereabouts and when they can expect you home. Should something go wrong, they will be able to alert authorities.

Dress Appropriately

Even though it’s winter, camping still involves plenty of physical activity. After all, you’re probably camping because you plan to spend time outdoors. Dressing in layers will ensure that you are properly insulated, yet have the option to remove layers to avoid overheating. If you anticipate encountering snow or rain, pick clothing that has a water-resistant outer shell. Additionally, a pair of waterproof and insulated boots with deep tread will keep you comfortable and prevent you from slipping. Investing in a thick pair of socks will help keep your feet warm, and bring a couple of extra pairs in case they get wet. If you’re looking for ideas, J.B. Extreme is a good place to start.


Hats, gloves, and goggles are other pieces of gear you should bring along. Fur and fur-lined hats like those found at Fur Hat World are an optimal choice for keeping your head and ears warm and dry. They’ll also help protect you from wind chill.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Always expect the unexpected, especially in winter when the weather can change by the hour. Keeping an emergency kit with extra food, water, and a first aid kit is a must. If you don’t have a lot of room for these types of things, condense your food into nutrient-dense energy bars that will provide your body with all the essentials. Additionally, having an insulated blanket on hand can be life-saving and prevent hypothermia. Lastly, pack extra batteries and tools that can help you out in a pinch.



Camping in the winter means that you have less competition for a place to pitch your tent, but this can come as a disadvantage should you find yourself in trouble. By planning ahead and dressing for the weather, winter camping can be a comfortable and fun experience for everyone involved.

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There are so many tents to choose from. They range in colors, size, how they are setup, weight etc. However, one thing remains the same. There are mainly two uses tents are used for.


  1. Backpacking
  2. Camping

The reason that I added the Rugged Tents section for Majestic Expressions is because every time that I walked into any outdoor store, the selection of tents was very limited. They had a few major tents to select from. Now let me get something straight first off, these stores carry inventory and they figure out their own costs of what they can and cannot carry so I do not blame them for having a limited section. They focused on their strong points and consistently bring us great outdoor gear without fail. 

When I started looking for quality tents to add to the store I was gob smacked by all the different options of tents that were out there! I had no idea that there is a plethora of options available to you that will be more apt to meet your needs for your camping or backpacking adventures. This post I am going to bring you out of the dark and shed some light on what is out there for you. Let me start off by listing the many brands out there.

Alps Mountaineering

Big Agnes

Browning Camping


Ultimate Survival Technologies


Proforce Equipment



Between these nine brands I am proud to be able and offer 1 person backpacking tents all the way up to 7+ person camping tents. Select from basic tents as a place to lay your head or spacious tents to fit you and your family and friends in. Either way know that we work on making sure those needs are met.

Click Here for a free resource you can use to help you select the best tent for your backpacking or camping needs

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One thing I have always loved is being in the great outdoors. However, there have been times where I was not the most prepared due to faulty planning. That is why I am going to share with you 3 key things you need to consider when planning your outdoor adventures. Some of you may be thinking that I already know everything there is to know about how to prepare for outdoor adventures. If that is the case then by all means then this article more than likely is not for you. In this instance I am speaking mainly to those who want to get out more but are scared they do not know enough or worried that they would not have a good time and for that purpose I would like to shed some light on a few things so that you can get out in the great outdoors and see some beautiful scenery that will be unforgettable.

Skill Level

Skill Level? Really? How dumb do you think I am? I don’t think you are dumb at all. In understanding where your skill level is at when you decide where you want to go is one of the smartest things you can do first when planning your next outdoor adventure. It does not matter if you are going camping, backpacking, hiking or whatever it is. For example, you have always wanted to go rock climbing but have never gone in your entire life. Do you decide to go out by yourself, find an amazing rock climbing spot and start to climb that stinking cliff without any prepping whatsoever? I would certainly hope not. That means your dumb and dumb and the outdoors truly do not mix. It is imperative that you understand where you are at skill wise. That brings me to the second thing you need to consider

Resources and the Experts

Once you have decided where your skills lie when it comes to being in the outdoors, I highly recommend consulting resources and the experts in whatever you are deciding to do. Take the time to learn and educate yourself and to even gain more experience one step at a time. Read Blogs, books, talk to those in your circle that thrive in the outdoors themselves and have always been trying to get you to go too. Go with them on their own outdoor adventures and shadow them.

The Type of Outdoor Gear

There is one winter campout I went on for a scouting trip that was the most memorable. The reason it was the most memorable was because I failed to pack the right gear and I was cold the entire time. I spent most of my time in the headquarters tent that had a massive heater trying to keep warm but since I was required to participate in the activities there I could never be there for long periods of time. From that time on I always made sure I had the right type of outdoor gear and prepared ahead of time. To help you prepare for your next outdoor adventure I have compiled an Adventure Checklist that you can download for Free to help you figure out the right outdoor gear you need. Click Here to download it and of course feel free to share it with your friends and family.

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