While many chose to camp in the summer, springtime offers ideal camping weather. In the summer the sun brings sweat and bugs, but spring days can heat up for outdoor activities like hiking. Still, with changing temperatures, this ideal season can also find you shivering at night. The key to a fun and successful camping trip during spring is coping with these fluctuating temperatures with a little camping common sense.
For areas that have extreme cold at night, you might consider tent heaters to stay warm once the campfire is out. These propane devices are effective, yet inexpensive to run. When selecting a heater, look for one with an oxygen sensor and automatic shutoff. Propane uses oxygen to produce heat. Read and comply with all the safety guidelines that come with the heater. Propane is the safest way to heat a tent, but only if you set up the equipment up correctly. Place the heater on a stable surface, such as a small table. Keep it away from the tent walls and flammable substances. Light the heater at home before you leave to make sure you know how to use it and that it is working properly.
Dress and Sleep in Layers
The morning air may be cool when you first climb out of your sleeping bag, but later in the day, it will get warmer. Dressing in layers is one way to deal with the rise in temperature. To protect your legs from the environment, you should always wear long pants when camping, but feel free to layer your shirts to adjust to the changing temperatures. Check the daily extended weather report. Often, campers only check the daily overview. This reports the high temperature but not the ups and downs of weather throughout the day. Prepare yourself for the cold of morning and night in addition to the warm hiking weather of the day.
Layering isn’t just for daytime. You can employ the same technique at night using your sleeping bag. Leave the zipper open on the bottom of your bag if it is warm. With the zipper undone, air will reach your feet and help keep you cool. When it is cold, zip all the way up to insulate, the retained body heat will help keep you warm. In cold or hot weather, make sure to sleep on a ground cloth and insulating mat. The cool from the ground will seep up and make sleep uncomfortable if the temperature drops. If you are hot, you can remove the mat and just use the cloth so the earth can lower your body temperature.
If the night air is cool, dress warmly before you get into the sleeping bag. Something as basic as a knit hat can help keep you snug. Your body is under the insulation, but your head is sticking out into the cold. If you warm up, you can always pull the hat off.
Camping is an inexpensive way for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors. Springtime can allow you to get in some camping time without having to deal with the hot weather in summer. A night under the stars in the fine sleeping weather of spring gets even better if when you plan ahead.
Jessica is interested in construction and camping. She enjoys spending her time outdoors and blogging on behalf Sears and other brands she loves.
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