If you live in a cold-climate state, it’s likely that traffic will slow to a crawl or come to a stop when winter hits. And if you’re unfortunate enough to be out on the road while snow starts coming down, there are some things you should do before turning your car off and spending the night there.
However, the cold air quickly makes you remember why you never leave the house on your birthday. These wintery conditions won’t stop you from having a good time though! With these 10 handy tips, you’re sure to make it through this night in the snowstorm.
Ways to survive in the snow
Bring a lightweight tent
While it may be tempting to bring a big plastic castle with you, that’s just too heavy to pull out of your house unless you live on the first floor. Instead, bring a lightweight hot tent so you can build your own snow abode. For camping in snow you can choose a hot tent that has lightweight materials and is easy to set up.
Cold weather sleeping bag, pads and blanket
If you thought hot tents were dangerous, wait until you see what happens when you combine those with a sleeping bag and pads. You’ll be nice and toasty as your sleeping bag warms up the snow underneath you, but that’s about all you’ll be doing for the rest of the night. If your sleeping pad is not waterproof, it won’t exactly keep you from waking up in a cold puddle.
You can make a warm cloth by coating a piece of material with Vaseline. Next, rub the Vaseline over the cloth and it will insulate you from cold while keeping you warm. Once you’ve created a warm cloak, all you need to do is wrap it around your body. Another option is to tie the cloth around your waist and either wear pants or pants over the shirt.
Outdoor winter hat
When you walk outside, don’t forget to bring an outdoor hat. In colder weather, your ears can get really cold so go ahead and protect them with a hat. This will also keep snow off of your face and hair so you won’t be feeling miserable inside.
Even if you put on a warm hat and warm gloves, your hands can still get cold. A pair of warm gloves or mitts will allow you to grab your hot dogs without having to worry about frostbite.
If you want to create a warm atmosphere, don’t forget to light a fire. You can build a simple campfire by placing tinder on top of dry leaves and raking small branches into the pile. Once it’s good and hot, you can add some dry wood. An alternative to the campfire is using your camping frying pan to fry some bacon, adding it to a backpacking tent and making yourself a warm meal.
If you’re going to be trekking a long distance, you’ll want to have snow shoes. If you’re going for a long walk in snow, your feet will become very cold.
You can also purchase snow shoes that attach to your boots so you don’t have to carry them into the woods. The best feature is that they give your boots traction so that you don’t slip and fall. When buying snow shoes, make sure they are made of quality materials and could withstand the weight of the person wearing them.
A small camp stove is one of the most essential items. You can find some cheap stoves that have a small flame and are easy to carry with you. You can also bring your backpacking stove with you so you don’t have to use your gas or charcoal grill in the snow. The best thing about using a camp stove is that it doesn’t add any smoke, which would just add to the misery of having to stop on the side of the road.
Snacks and drinks
Don’t forget to bring a snack or two with you or some drinks that you can warm up. You don’t want to be caught out in the snow without anything to eat or drink. Opt for meals that are easy to heat up on the camp stove and freeze-dried foods are a great way to save space.
If you transport more than a couple of people in your car, it’s important to make sure that everyone is well-prepared in case you have to wait out the night. Dress up warmly with garments and footwear suitable for snow and if anyone gets cold, there is a range of extra blankets available.
By carrying extra items in your car, like those mentioned above, you can keep yourself warm during the cold winter nights and be ready to go as soon as the roads are clear.
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