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Cold Weather Camping Tips - Part 2

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As I was sitting watching my son’s lacrosse game in 48° F weather, which is very cold for Southern California, I noticed all the parents standing around freezing their butts off to cheer on their boys. What spirit! What foolishness. With a couple of helpful tips they could be warm and cozy just like me on the sidelines cheering for my boy. I thought to myself, they would surely perish on a campout! Then it occurred to me that I have given you some tips on staying warm at night while camping, but nothing about staying warm during the day. So, this is a good time to do it. And you don’t have to use this information just for camping. It will work at soccer, football or lacrosse games. :-)

When I looked around the sidelines there were about 50+ parents and maybe twenty had hats or hooded jackets on. You lose most of your body heat from your head! So, that was the first reason some were freezing. Even a baseball hat, which I had on, will keep your heat trapped in your body.

Layering is the next most important technique. I saw folks with t-shirts and windbreakers and one poor guy in just a sweatshirt. Not a bad start, but a couple more layers would have helped. Try a t-shirt, sweatshirt and then a jacket/wind breaker. And don’t forget gloves.

Finally, the best tip I can give you when cold weather camping is to make sure you are active during the day. Take a hike, go on a nature walk, or visit a nearby historical site. Just remember to keep active and you will keep warm. In the evening when the sun goes down you will have a campfire and warm food in your belly to keep you warm and ready for a good night’s sleep. Have fun…but stay warm!

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