In need of some survival tips for your next winter day trip? If you want to be prepared wherever you go this winter, then this guide is for you!
Survival Tips for Winter Day Trips
Snow has never been a problem for me and the family when going on trips. We still spend time outdoors camping and doing other recreational activities. However, with all the snow and cold, I see to it that we’re doubly prepared with whatever happens when we’re out and about. So if you’re planning to go out in the snow this winter, read up on these tips that will have you ready for anything!
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Survival Skills For Winter Day Trips
Whether you’re winter camping, snowshoeing, or hitting the slopes, safety is a primary concern. Use this guide to ensure you get the most out of your winter adventure.
Planning Winter Day Trips
- Know the weather forecast.
- Tell someone where you are going.
- Turn back before the midway point of the day, even if you’ve not reached your objective.
- Plan for something going wrong. Bring EXTRA gear, food, and clothes.
Gear and Clothing
Don’t overdress. Sweat can make your clothing damp. Pack a backpack with the following:
- Extra insulating layer: Down sweater or jackets.
- Full size space blanket.
- Portable stove with fuel canister to melt snow or heat liquid.
- Metal cup you can put on the stove.
- Dermatone for your nose, lips and earlobes keeps moisture from penetrating skin and prevents sunburns, while keeping extremities warmer.
- A battery pack, like those sold by goal zero, to recharge your phone. Nothing drains a battery like cold weather.
- Keep warm with extra gloves, socks, CHEMICAL hand/toe warmer packets.
Diet And Hydration
You need to stay HYDRATED in the winter as much as you do in the summer. You body does not stay as warm when insufficiently hydrated. If you go all day or night without urinating, that’s not a good sign.
Bring sturdy, double-walled thermos filled with piping hot, non-caffeinated liquid.
Make sure the bottle is insulated to keep it from freezing. If you have a hydration pack, those should be insulated as well.
So do you feel you’re more ready for your next winter day trip? Let us know below in the comments.
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