5 Convincing Reasons to Camp in the Winter

3. You Can Try Different Activities

Summer camping allows for hiking, swimming and biking. But in the winter you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and sledding. While most of these activities require more gear and equipment, they provide a new way to explore. Not to mention, trudging through the snow all day is harder to do, giving you a better workout.

  • Tip: Moving all day keeps you warm, which is important on a winter camping trip. So, if you don't have equipment, look for a campground that rents it, or is located near a rental retailer.

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4. There's Less People

For some people, camping is about community and hanging out with friends and fellow campers. For others, however, it's a time to relax in solitude. When you go camping in the winter, you can almost guarantee there'll be plenty of alone time. "? The cold deters more than skeeters; it keeps people away, too, making choice campsites and trails less crowded if not empty," said Jason Stevenson, author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Backpacking and Hiking.

  • Tip: Always tell someone where you're going, when you'll be home and when they can expect to hear from you. In the unlikely event that something happens, this will be critical. 

5. Food and Drinks Stay Cold

In the hot summer months, you can go through as many as 10 bags of ice on a camping trip. But, in the winter, with snow all around, your cooler will stay cold for days on end.

  • Tip: You want your food to stay cold in the cooler, but bring plenty of hot food containers so it stays warm when you want to indulge in a hearty meal. 

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