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TIPS for the cold

Ian Ganderson

Spring still sends cold weather our way. Consider these winter tips, and don’t be daunted.

Camping in the winter (tent or van) needs to be pretty organised and good gear is needed. I do most things, from being out and about in my van to tramping and snow-holeing. 


Your sleep system needs to be up to the job. I’ve used the word ‘system’ on purpose. You will need to keep everything organised to minimise things getting wet and water/rain/snow getting in. It’s a game of small gains. Lots of small gains add up to keep you warm and snug. 


You are going to need a good plan to deal with wet clothes and gear. There will be lots of it. You are going to need good waterproofs and good insulating layers. Moisture in all its forms is the enemy of feeling warm. Ventilate and air out in the sun your sleep system whenever you get the chance. 


Insulation in vans is primarily for reducing condensation. It certainly helps keeping things warm too. I’ve made 10mm foam insulated window covers from KMart camping mats and some suckers I found at an RV centre. They work really well. 


Don’t block up all your vents. Some air flow is required to let the humid air you breath out to escape. Worst case scenario is carbon monoxide poisoning, of course: get a CO alarm. In the winter the risk is significantly higher. 


Thermal underwear makes for super great pyjamas. Ditch the cotton, it will hold onto any dampness.


BY: Ian Ganderson

Photo: Mavora Lakes, ©2022 Daniel Munro


You are going to need a good plan to deal with wet clothes and gear. There will be lots of it.

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