What to Pack for Your Dreamy Winter Retreat
Heading for an outdoor retreat to a cabin in the woods or to a beautiful, snowy campground is a wonderful way to stay active and find some serenity during the colder months. While you might think that time outdoors in the winter can be hazardous, you really just need to be prepared for the elements.
There are plenty of perks to enjoying a winter retreat including the lovely scenery and seasonal activities like ice fishing or snowshoeing. Before you start packing your bags for your well-deserved winter trip, here are some of the things you need to consider.
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When you’re being active you should shed some layers to keep from sweating and during the night you might want to bundle up a little extra to sleep well.
There are different levels of warmth to consider when buying thermal gear. You can expect Heat Holders socks, in particular, to be three to seven times warmer than cotton socks. It’s actually wisest to avoid cotton when packing for winter camping or your winter retreat — cotton isn’t good for wicking moisture and if it gets wet, you’ll get cold even faster than if you were wearing nothing at all.
On the topic of keeping your feet warm, the footwear that you bring is incredibly important. Depending on the level of activity and outdoor time you might be experiencing, you need warm and waterproof boots. This helps with support and grip.
Don’t go wearing multiple pairs of socks either! If your boots are too tight you’ll lose circulation instead of keeping your feet warm.
Does part of your winter retreat include some time camping? If you’re going to be enjoying the outdoors with some bold winter camping, then there are plenty of essentials you should bring with you. Your campsite is your home base and there are some items you absolutely need to set up a good site.
Be sure to bring a small shovel to clear out the snow. If you dig out space for your tent, you ensure that some of the surrounding snow will protect you from the wind. Be sure to bring a four-season tent with you and a tarp to cover the items you’ll be leaving outside so they don’t get buried in snow or damaged overnight.
Winter camping can be beautiful, although tough to deal with, especially when it comes to food prep. This is especially true for morning coffee and hot chocolate! Make sure to bring a portable gas grill with you if you’re spending time out in the woods during winter. You won’t have the normal supply of firewood to go around!
If you’re going to be sleeping outdoors, then on top of a reliable sleeping bag you need a foam pad to rest on. A foam pad underneath your sleeping bag adds warmth to your sleeping experience and it’s versatile enough to double as a seating pad that won’t get soggy in the snow. As for your sleeping bag, you should have one that is rated for -15°C to -40°C and you can include a sleeping bag liner for some extra warmth.
With the right essentials and a sense of excitement, your winter getaway will leave you refreshed and relaxed. There’s nothing to fear when you’ve got preparedness on your side, right?
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What do you bring on your winter getaways?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.