Winter is coming! You may think staying under the blankets is the best way to brave the cold, but there's only so much you can do indoors without getting bored. Get out and enjoy nature with these top 6 camping hacks!
This year, make it a goal to spice things up by stepping out of your comfort zone - try winter camping! The landscape gets a peaceful beauty about it, and you can discover different wildlife than summer and as a bonus the campsites are generally quieter.
But where do you start? Former AFL player Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt, ambassador for leading outdoors brand Coleman®, shares his top 6 camping hacks.
1. Sleep warm
One of the worst experiences of winter camping is having the cold prevent you from falling asleep. Try sleeping high off the ground – it will help you stay warmer. Try an air bed like the Quickbed Airbed Double High with a blanket underneath, to stop the cold coming up from the ground.
Investing in a good sleeping bag to snuggle into when you’re back inside your tent after a long day is almost certainly a must. Look for one with a high temperature rating, up to 10 degrees celsius will keep you cosy in Australia. Try the Big Game for extra warmth.
2. Be liberal with packing clothes
It’s always better to bring more clothes when you’re outdoors, don’t skimp on layers so you can strip as you heat up during the day. Remember to pack extra socks, more than you think you’ll need so you always have a dry pair!
3. Keep sheltered
It’s especially important when camping in the cold to have a strong, sturdy tent that will keep the cold out! If you’re out with a family, try a bigger one with plenty of room. Spida uses the Instant Up Northstar 10 man tent with three rooms; one for wet clothes and shoes to dry in, one room for meals and relaxing, and one left for sleeping. Getting everyone snuggled up together not only makes for great memories of late night stories and family bonding, but also keeps you warm!
4. Boil water
While you won’t be able to bring your electric heater with you, you can still warm up using boiling water and storing it in a watertight container or hot water bottle. Don’t have access to a tap? There are portable hot water systems like the Hot Water On Demand so you’re never stuck with a cold shower.
5. Keep moving
You may be tempted to stay inside the tent the entire time, but the best way to warm up is to move your body and exercise. Pick a scenic hike near your campsite and try to immerse yourself in the landscape while power walking. Keep your body moving and your lungs pumping, and you’ll discover some beautiful sights while keeping warm!
6. Head north
If you’re giving winter camping a go the best place to try it is north! It’s the dry season on the upper most part of the country, and it’s not too hot like it can be in the summer. It’s prime camping season in places like Queensland and the Northern Territory, when everyone else is worrying about the cold.
Try Springbrook National Park on the Gold Coast Hinterland, Platypus Bush Camp located in the warm Queensland mid tropics or Whitehaven Beach Camping Area in Queensland. If you’re Northern Territory bound try West Macdonnell National Park or Wycliffe Well Holiday Park.