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Winter Camping Tips for Staying Warm

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Winter Camping Tips for Staying Warm

You’re either a person that loves camping, or you’re not. A good way to tell you’re an avid outdoors fanatic is whether you’re up for a camping trip in the dead of winter. This is a surefire sign that you’re a die-hard fan.

There’s no other way to put it, winter camping is cold. It comes with the territory, but it doesn’t have to be unpleasant and miserable.

Whether you’re new to camping, or a seasoned pro, here are a few tips to help you keep toasty while enjoying the great outdoors this winter.

1. Winter Camping Is All About Layers

You probably wear a few layers around the house during winter, so it’s important to do the same when camping. In fact, it’s even more important because you don’t have the same type of insulation around you.

In short, you need to dress to impress when you’re camping in the cold. This includes a base layer, mid-layer, and a thick, winter-friendly puffer or shell jacket over the top.

Opt for moisture-wicking base layer materials, such as wool, bamboo, polyester, or nylon. Don’t forget to protect your head with a hat, gloves, and hiking boots suited to the snow. 

2. Always Change Out of Sweaty Clothes

It’s tempting to avoid changing out of your clothes at the end of the day, especially if you’ve tackled a few hiking trails. But sweat is the enemy when you’re out in the cold.

When you’re getting ready to settle for the evening, make sure to change out of sweaty base layer clothing and get into something dry and warm.

The same type of layering applies when you hit the hay- a base layer, mid layer, and puffer jacket over the top. Take it from the experts at Gear Assistant, this is the best way to get a solid night’s sleep.

3. Pack a Double-Insulated Sleeping Bag

If you’re new to winter camping, it’s worth investing in a double-pad sleeping bag, as well as a camping mattress. Essentially, your mattress keeps you off the ground and adds a layer between you and the cold ground.

A two-pad sleeping bag offers thermal resistance (look for a high R-value), as well as a reflective fabric that deflects the cold. These two-pad combination sleeping bags are the only winter-grade option to go for!

4. Keep Your Tent Ventilated

We get it, it sounds counter-productive to let air into your tent when you’re camping in the snow. But trust us, it’s super important for a warm night’s sleep.

This is because your warm breath releases CO2 vapor into your tent. This vapor eventually becomes water droplets that accumulate on the inside of the tent, which will then freeze. The result is ice on the inside of your tent, i.e. you’ll be sleeping inside an igloo!

Open up one or two vents to allow for good airflow and avoid freezing overnight. 

Are You an Avid Sports and Outdoors Fan?

Winter camping has the potential to be a beautiful, rewarding, and fun experience — but only if you’re equipped with the right kit and know-how. We hope this blog helps you to prepare! If you’re a big fan of sports and the great outdoors, don’t miss the rest of this site for your fix of sports news, updates, and more.

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The 7 Best Dog Breeds to Travel With

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The 7 Best Dog Breeds to Travel With

Whether you are an adventurous person who’s looking for a little company as you travel around the world or someone who simply wants a car companion as you enjoy local days out, you may be thinking about getting a dog. It’s no secret that some breeds will be easier to travel with than others, so let’s take a look at the top 7 that may fit your needs.

7 best dog breeds for travelling

While dogs of all sizes can make great travelling companions, we’ve decided to focus on small dog breeds, as these can be somewhat easier to take along when it comes to transportation, accommodation and more.

1. Dachshund

One of the most attractive things about Dachshunds is that they are friendly, inquisitive and love to learn. While they fit well within structured environments, they enjoy trying new things and can be easily trained. This lends well to travel and as they have long bodies and short legs, they can be taken as carry-ons on planes and won’t be any trouble when you need to transport a manageable crate.

2. Maltese

This toy breed is often the perfect size for travel as they tend to be on the lighter side and they have one of the friendliest dispositions on this list. You and your pup will love the extra attention and an added bonus is that they aren’t prone to shedding and can have little cleanup.

3. Yorkshire Terrier

When you are looking for a dog that will stay close by your side while being happy to socialise, a Yorkshire Terrier could be a great choice. These dogs are not likely to run very far from their owners while being small enough to transport with ease – and you may just find that they love travelling just as much as you do!

4. Pomeranian

As one of the smallest breeds, the Pomeranian can fit almost anywhere and won’t give you too much trouble when travelling, no matter the mode of transport you use. A plus point is that these dogs are extremely popular around the world, so you should find it simple to book a hotel that won’t mind their presence.

5. Russell Terrier

If you decide to choose a Russell Terrier as your travel companion, it may be worthwhile to keep in mind that they are energetic and love to explore, so the more adventurous the holiday, the better suited they will be.

6. Toy poodle

Just like the Maltese, the toy poodle is extra small and barely sheds, so you will be able to take him/her almost anywhere. The good news is that they are very loving and open to adventure while being pretty laid-back, so they’ll have just as much fun in a resort as they will on the open road.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are calm, friendly and easy to train, so you won’t have to worry about keeping them on a tight leash when you travel. They are easily adaptable and won’t typically get overwhelmed.

How to prepare for your trip If you have chosen your preferred breed and are ready to get your holiday started, be sure to pack everything your dog needs, too. From their favourite food to treats and toys, it can be important to cover all your bases as you never know how they will respond until you get on your way. Remember to make frequent stops for exercise and potty breaks to minimise accidents.

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