WINTER CAMPING: WHAT TO BRING & HOW TO STAY WARM
If you're like us, it's not because it's colder outside that you have to stay inside! Waiting until the temparture rises before hitting the road is simply impossible. We love #vanlife too much to do without during winter months! Here's what you need to bring on the road and some easy tips to keep warm during your winter roadtrip with Native Campervans.
Heaters? Yes Please!
To keep you warm at night or to dry your socks, several of our Biggie Campervans are equipped with built-in heaters ($300)! Just your thermostat and you're good to go! Another option is renting a portable heater ($50). That easy! Our Smalls and OG Campervans do not come with an integrated heaters, but Native Campervans has space heaters to rent! A good investment!
Drink Water, Eat Better
Nothing feels better than a hot soup of chili on a cold afternoon. If you're not into cooking that much, make sure dinners are mixed with a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil. Believe it or not, your body will slow-burn the fat and will help you stay warmer longer! Thanks for the tip Outbound Living!
If you're scared of being cold at night, pour hot water in a thermos before going to bed and gently sip on it through morning! It really does work!
Cover your Ears
You've heard of it before: the head is the part of the body that must first be protected when it's cold. In the morning, in the afternoon or at the night, don't hesitate to wear your beanie in the van. The same also goes for your feet. To stay warm, we recommend wearing thick wool socks. These are simply the best and will make you sleep like a baby!
Snug as a Bug with Rumpl Blankets
Finally, we opted for the cream of the crop in terms of blankets and duvets: Rumpl Blankets. Just put on your pyjamas, slip under the blankets and snuggle up. The perfect blankets so you can stay warmer, longer.
Not convinced yet? Keep in mind that sleeping in a Campervan during winter months gives you priority access to fresh pow. You're welcome!
To keep warm during cold winter nights, wear layers. But not just any kind of layers. Cotton? No thank you! Leave those at home! Wool is the ideal base layer. It doesn't stink and wicks away the moisture pretty fast. If you don't have wool clothing, opt for synthetic. These dry fast and will help not freezing in the middle of the night.
Here is what you need to know to understand layering:
1. Base layer (underwear) : helps moving perspiration away from your skin
2. Mid Layer (insulating layer) : helps retain the heat radiated by your body
3. Outer layer (shell layer) : protects from wind, rain and snow.