Venturing into the great outdoors is a wonderful way to spend your time. More and more Americans are realizing this, as glamping (camping with extra amenities) has really taken off lately. In fact, the glamping industry has seen major growth, with a 310% increase in short-term glamping rentals over the past 10 years. Even cold weather glamping has been a big hit, with couples and families choosing to brave winter weather for a fun, unique glamping experience.
If you’re thinking of pitching a tent and enjoying a few cold winter nights out in nature, there are definitely some things to consider first. Below, we’ll go over the basics of cold weather glamping, as well as tips to stay safe and warm.
While winter may seem like an odd time to journey outdoors, cold climates offer a range of new activities and experiences you won’t forget. That’s why so many people are pursuing this type of adventure. Of course, they’re doing so in style, with the warm amenities of glamping.
What might such amenities entail? The answer to that comes down to the accommodations you choose. For instance, many campgrounds and resorts across the world now offer wooden cabins with electricity, bathrooms, kitchenettes, and other such at-home “luxuries” normal camping doesn’t typically present. Such lodgings provide a balance for those who want a wintertime getaway but also want to avoid the vulnerabilities of outdoor dwelling.
If you want to go more rustic, there are also portable accommodations capable of comfortable wintertime lodging. These could be a heated yurt or arctic-rated canvas tent. There’s also a structurally engineered frame called a geodesic glamping dome to consider. Capable of withstanding heavy snow and strong winds, this alternative makes a great escape into nature while still keeping you and your loved ones safe from the elements.
Once a locale has been determined, you’ll know more about what to expect and pack. For instance, a cabin could be equipped with a fireplace or wood burning stove. This presents opportunities to spend time indoors and around the fire. In more rustic settings, there’s campfires, space heaters, heating pads, and other amenities to help keep you warm instead.
A big part of making the trip enjoyable is packing the right clothing, since staying warm and dry is essential. That means bringing plenty of heat-saving undergarments, like thermal socks, as well as thick, waterproof outer layers. Everyone on the trip should have waterproof shoes, gloves, jackets, and so on to keep out the wet and cold. Keeping extra warming methods on hand — such as hand warmers, heated water bottles, etc. — is also advised.
Other recommendations include insulated sleeping bags, thick bedding, and dependable cooking equipment. After all, the last thing you want is to freeze while trying to warm up your morning cup of coffee. These tips merely scratch the surface of cold weather camping.
Asha Deliverance is the founder of Pacific Domes, a geodesic dome builder that seeks to pioneer a brighter future with alternatives in technology, shelter, and design. She has over 40 years of experience since founding the company in the 1980s after creating her first geodesic dome in 1979. She has studied Buckminster Fuller and ancient Vedic philosophers to help in her goal to build a more sustainable future.