Winter Season Outdoor Camping: Yes, You Can!


Young woman wraps blanket over herself while drinking coffee near canvas tent in the morning

A warm cup of coffee removes the edge of cold in morning getty When it pertains to holiday travel, constraints seem to be in place at every turn. If you’re feeling dissuaded about the places you can’t go to and the journeys you can’t take, winter season outdoor camping may be an option. Granted, camping may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering a holiday trip– but it might be among the lower risk and more enjoyable ways to break the uniformity of remaining at home.

“Outdoor camping can be a four-season experience if you are fully equipped and ready,” states Caleb Hartung, CEO of Campspot, an online marketplace for Recreational Vehicle resorts, family campgrounds, cabins, and glamping choices throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Why camp this winter season?

A few of the pluses of outdoor camping include;

  • Avoid the daily routines of house and work
  • Opportunities to immerse oneself in nature and the outdoors
  • Choices to take part in healthy, heart-pumping exercise
  • Options of accommodations from rough to luxury
  • Having the ability to choose fairly safe destinations where positivity rates are lower and devoid of crowds
  • Having the ability to keep a safe social range from anybody outside your “travel bubble”

But, can you really camp in winter season?

Hartung confesses that when it concerns RV and camping tent outdoor camping, winter season outdoor camping can be challenging. For that reason, many camping areas close in mid-October. “When temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes that bring water to campers are vulnerable to freezing and, worse, can burst,” he states. “However, camping areas with cabin or lodge rentals run year-round, permitting campers to partake in winter activities.”

Even if a campground has the infrastructure to support winter season Recreational Vehicle and tent camping excursions, Hartung recommends campers come prepared with insulated water hoses, filled-up lp tanks in their campers, a snow shovel in case of heavy snowfalls, and tire chains for driving in rough surfaces. Due to the fact that of the effort, preparation and devices required, he discovers that many campers select the benefit and ease of a cabin or Recreational Vehicle.

What are some of the very best locations for winter outdoor camping?

Ski Slope

Whiteface mountain in the New York Adirondacks in winter season

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“Browse within locations that tend to be open and deal popular activities like skiing, snowboarding, or ice fishing,” states Hartung. He suggests considering the Adirondacks, Lake Tahoe, the Rockies in Colorado, the location surrounding Salt Lake City, and the Yellowstone area in Montana, among others. “If you want to ice fish, take a look at lake-oriented areas, like parts of northern Maine, Wisconsin and Minnesota.”

Those averse to cold winter season weather condition can pick warmer parts of the nation, for example, camping areas in the Carolinas, Florida, Texas and California, he states. Glamping (luxury outdoor camping) offers a lot of the features of a stay at a high end hotel or resort coupled with the chance to trek and take pleasure in the outdoors.

But what about the pandemic?

Campspot saw a rise in reservations over the summertime and fall that it expects will continue through winter. Mid-week appointments are usually simpler to come by than weekend ones. In advance of your trip, make sure the park or campgrounds you are going to are open and what facilities are operating.

While it is best to stay home and avoid contact with other individuals, the Centers for Disease Control and Avoidance (CDC) site lists ways to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus while outdoor camping. These consist of:

  • Picking a destination near home to avoid contacts along the method and direct exposures to polluted surfaces
  • Outdoor camping or treking with individuals in your immediate home. If you do broaden your bubble to others, camp in different camping tents
  • Stay at least 6 feet methods from anybody else on a trail, camping site or other area of a park
  • Avoiding sharing utensils or dressings; and multi-serving drink containers
  • Bring hand soap, hand sanitizer and supplies to sanitize commonly-touched surface areas including doors and handles, water fountains, laundry centers, ice machines, trash and recycle cans, payment stations, vending makers and other camping facilities
  • Be mindful when using public washrooms
  • Wash your hands frequently and use a mask when you’re around other individuals

Where they’re going

Mother with son ice fishing

Ice-fishing can be an interesting outside activity for families

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Forbes.com talked to some motivating travelers from across the country who have winter outdoor camping strategies in place. Here’s a tasting:

Wilderness State Park, Carp Lake, Michigan

Erin Drummer of Lombard, Illinois (outside Chicago) wished to go someplace new, relatively near to house, and do something she had actually never ever done prior to. With another couple, she and her spouse are planning to camp at Wilderness State Park in northern Michigan about 6 hours away, in November. They’ll sleep in separate camping tents from their buddies and maintain social distance. They have actually likewise talked about everybody getting tested in advance. Other than stopping for gas, they aren’t intending on making pit-stops and will bring whatever they need from house, including a Coleman camping stove, warm layered clothing, hats, gloves, warm sleeping bags and blankets. “We plan on making warm, hearty meals like soup or chili to keep us warm,” states Erin.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

Over Thanksgiving week, Chris Emery and his household (who live in San Diego) likewise want to camp close to house. Although they typically utilize a camping tent, they’re renting a camper trailer for the first time. They’ll spend four days at 2 different websites at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about an hour and a half from home, where winter season temperature levels are typically in the 50s during the night and 70s throughout the day, perfect for camping. Because they’ll remain in the dry desert, they’ll bring a lot of water as well as all food for their meals “We are simply sick of being stuck at house all the time and outdoor camping, hiking and biking are actually attractive to us right now. Infection rates are pretty low in the location and there truly aren’t lots of people there,” states Chris.

Anastasia State Park and Fort Clinch State Park, Florida

Rosanna Mitchell’s family of 4 typically invests the vacations with relatives, some of whom are now at high-risk for COVID, in Virginia Beach. This year, they’re taking their 2019 Forest River Wolf Puppy 16BHS, a 16-foot travel trailer to Anastasia State Park and Fort Clinch State Park, situated in two northern Florida counties where infection rates are lower than their home town in Naples. The trailer has a queen-size bed and bunk beds for the kids, who are 4 and 5 years old. The weather will be more temperate; it can reach 90 ℉ in the house, even in winter season. They were looking for a mix of outdoor adventures and cultural experiences. “Anastasia State Park is close to the historic city of St. Augustine, which will be decorated with gorgeous holiday lights and display screens,” she states. “Fort Clinch, on the other hand, will allow us to delight in pleasant hikes and gorgeous Atlantic coast beaches,” says Rosanna. “As passionate tourists, and being a microbiologist myself, I feel confident in our decision and the precautions we’re taking,” she includes.

Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina

Kristi Haight and her spouse, of Greensborough, NC are headed to Huntington Beach State Park. The vacations are the one time of year the family normally gets together with their adult children and grandchildren out west. But throughout the pandemic, they decided it was safer to stay in their own space. The couple has a small Recreational Vehicle, a 17′ cargo trailer conversion they developed themselves. They bring all their own food so they don’t have to grocery shop and enough materials so they don’t need to stop along the way, other than for gas paid for with a credit card. They’re going to a site they’ve been to previously so they understand preventative measures are being taken. “The one issue today in the Southeast is that everybody is camping since of COVID so finding a camping area has been hard,” says Kristi.

Suggestions for first-timers

“For those brand-new to camping, a two-night trip– ideally near home– is a perfect quantity of time to check the waters,” says Hartung. “For your very first outdoor camping experience, we suggest not buying any equipment and choice for a glamping experience instead. It’s simple to get in over your head and ruin the journey by being too ambitious,” he cautions.

About Campspot

As travelers are increasingly taking to the roadway and looking for outdoor destinations near to home, they can use Campspot to discover and book over 350 campgrounds (100,000 camping areas). The site uses an intuitive, easy-to-navigate method to plan a camping journey, consisting of use of remote, contactless check-ins with automated communication and electronic signature capabilities.

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