JD Sanders RV Gainesville Blog

  • Published on Dec 12, 2017
    Cold Weather Camping


    Camping in the cold or the snow is a unique and wonderful experience, but it could go wrong very easily if not properly planned for. Keep these few things in mind a when planning a chilly RV getaway for you and your loved ones.


    1. Make a Game Plan

    Preparation is key in any camping trip, but for cold or potentially snowy trips,
    it’s more important than ever. Being ill prepared during a cold front can really put a damper on your adventure. Do research on potential areas and find out the weather patterns, location of nearest facilities, potential hazards, etc. Plan the route you want to take and plan a couple different ones in case of emergency or detours. Talk to people who dsc_0143_tonemappedhave been there before online or with Facebook groups and ask any questions to learn about their experiences. Besides a fun story, you can always learn from someone else’s mistakes. Avalanches are a very real concern in snowy areas and they’re much more dangerous than they seem in the cartoons. Make sure to specifically research avalanche safety and choose a place where it’s not likely to happen. Since you’d be taking your RV it’s doubtful you’d intend to go alone, which is good. Try to bring along at least one person who’s experienced with cold-weather camping. Camping in snowy locations with an RV requires specific procedures and supplies (like a shovel).

    2. Dress to Impress

    Depending on whether you plan to leave your RV often and what you plan on doing, dsc_0280you’ll need different supplies. Clothing is most important for your safety, and although you may have refuge in your RV from the elements, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Layers are the most common way to dress- despite looking silly, long underwear can be your best friend. Most important is that the outer layer is waterproof and breathable, so you don’t get soaked to the bone, yet also don’t roast like a turkey. Regular hiking boots can work fine in snowy terrain, but if you plan to hike a long way in the stuff, it could be good to invest in some made specifically for cold weather. Keeping your toes dry and warm is incredibly important, and not just because it feels nice. Layers of socks, hats, goggles or glasses, gloves, and so on are all accessories you should have on hand. And heck! Bring a bathing suit just in case. You never now when the opportunity to go hot tubbing in the snow might arise.


    3. Good Eatsrvs-are-great-for-camping-in-the-snow-plus-you-dont-have-to-worry-about-dealing-with-crowds

    Keeping your energy up in a cold location is very essential, so make sure you eat
    frequently, especially if you’re hiking or skiing. The best kind of food to have around for energy are fats, proteins, and carbs. Though it is possible to cook in your RV’s kitchen, it may do you some good to pack food that doesn’t require heat or a long time to prepare, just in case you’re in need of a quick bite. There’s nothing wrong with hot coco or some hot soup, either!

    4. Concerns photo-1-13

    Bring your first-aid kits and emergency equipment and do your research on symptoms and ways to prevent hypothermia, dehydration, frostbite, and so on. These should be added to the concerns you’d have on any kind of camping trip!  If it’s too cold it’s always ok to take a rain check and spend the day inside under a blanket where it’s nice and warm.  Whatever you end up doing, use your best judgement, and stay cool (pun intended)!



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