Lachlan GardinerHacks To Sleep Warm in the Outdoors Dave Casey June 26, 2017 Bushwalk & Camp, Snow Sports, Tips 2 Comments Keeping warm is one of the biggest worries for people sleeping in the outdoors. To keep you cosy warm this winter we have put our heads together and come up with a few great tips on keeping warm while camping this winter. Go to bed warm Sitting around a toasty camp fire is one of the most enjoyable things about camping and as a bonus it will warm you up. If you’re not lucky to have a camp fire a spot of exercise like some star jumps or jogging on the spot will get the blood flowing. Going to bed warm will help you warm up your sleeping bag quickly and you will have a toasty warm sleep. Wear a beanie, gloves and socks If you get cold feet and hands put on a beanie. If your feet or hands are still cold put on some gloves & lose fitting clean socks. Caroline Gleich/Patagonia Loft up your sleeping bag To take full advantage of your sleeping bag its best to lay it out and give it a shake well before you want to go to bed. Doing so will allow the sleeping bag to loft (puff) up and give the bag its best chance to keep you warm. Sleep off the ground Sleeping directly on the ground is a sure way to have a cold and miserable sleep with the ground conducting your body warmth away. Using an insulated sleeping mat will keep you off the ground and provide a warm sleep. Hot water bottle Fill your water bottle up with hot water, wrap it in a spare shirt and pop it in the sleeping bag 10 minutes before you do. Added bonus of doing this is that if you get thirsty at 3 in the morning you will have some water close by. Sleep in some clothes Were not talking about a Victoria’s Secret nightie here but sleeping in a fresh set of Merino or synthetic thermals will help you stay toasty, as a bonus they will also keep your sleeping bag clean from body oils and grime from the days activity. I keep a spare set for sleeping in only and keep them stored in a dry bag for peace of mind. However don’t get tricked into putting on to many layers, as your body will struggle to warm them and your sleeping bag up. Jack & Georgie all layered up for a chilly night on the Larapinta Go to the loo Go to the loo before you go to bed. If you wake up and need to go in the middle of the night, go! Holding on all night will make you cold as you body now has to try and keep a full bladder warm as well. Use a liner Using a sleeping bag liner will add an extra layer and help keep you warm. If your sleeping bag isn’t quite warm enough but you don’t want to shell out for a new bag, Sea To Summit’s Reactor Liner can boost your sleeping bags warmth by a good number of degrees. Keep hydrated Keep hydrated throughout the day as a hydrated body is a warm body. Photo @wilderphoto @PatagoniaAus Food Have a slow burning snack just before you go to bed (don’t forget to brush your teeth though). Burning the extra calories overnight will help fuel the furnace. With all of these tips in mind you are sure to have a great nights sleep whatever the temperature & if you have any of your own feel free to add them to the comments section below. Chris Burkard 2 Responses » Sleeping Bag Systems 101 March 9, 2016 […] on to many layers, as your body will struggle to warm them and your sleeping bag up. Head to our Tips on How to Sleep Warm article for more […] Reply » Review: Sea to Summit Latitude Sleeping Bag March 9, 2016 […] unsure how best to get the most warmth from your sleeping bag – have a read of our How to Sleep Warm article. Likewise If you’re a bit confused about how all this mumbo jumbo works, check out […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.