Planning a backpacking trip with friends in winter and no idea of what to pack and tips to stay warm on the trip. Stress not and follow the simple hacks to have a cosy and relish journey without feeling discomfort.
The three-layer rule for clothes:
Clothing is the foremost thing to ensure on a backpacking trip. Always stick to the Three-layer rule. Choose the first base layer to be the moisture-wicking fabric like merino wool thermals to absorb the sweat and keep you dry. The second is the middle layer which is usually a sweatshirt to retain the heat. The Third is the outer layer which is the waterproof /windproof/snowproof winter coat. These outer shell coats are very breathable and ventilated to allow sweat to escape as moisture vapour instead of trapping it underneath the fabric.
Eat and drink smartly:
Always keep the body hydrated and eat every few hours to stay warm. Choose food like bread, oatmeal, dried fruits that contain carbs, good fat, and boosts energy all day. Eat a fuller meal more than your routine before going to bed which boosts metabolism and keeps you warm. Drink tons of water and carry thermal bottles containing hot cider, chocolate or soup to sip here and there.
Choose the right campsite:
Try to set the camp in an area covered with trees to stop the wind from cooling your body. Avoid high altitude areas like mountains and lower altitude areas like valleys as both can be cool. In the case of wide-open plateaus choose a rocky land to block the wind even in one direction. Place the camp in the east face so that sunrise warms you up in the early morning.
Change before you go to bed:
There are great chances to fall asleep in the tent after a long day of hiking without changing your clothes. The moisture from the sweat is only going to make you chilly. So never forget to put on a nice, fresh set of dry clothes before jumping on the bed and see what a difference it can make.
Exercise before bed:
Warm-up your body and increase the blood flow by simple exercises like jumping jacks, squats or burpees. One pro tip is to do crunches when you feel cold inside your sleeping bag without stepping out of bed. Exercise just enough to get you warmed, but not enough to sweat.
Accessories to pack on a trip:
Carry a pair of liner socks and gloves to toast the entire body. In case of the extreme cold layer them with other socks or gloves to enhance the warmth. Bring two pairs of Sleeping pads to spend a cosy and comfortable night. Don’t forget to carry a hot water bottle to place inside the sleeping bag to make a snuggly bed. Exercise and wiggle the fingers of hands and legs to warm up your body and for boosting your blood circulation.
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This article is written by Team Kosha member: Aamina Tasmia
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