Winters. What images flit by your mind when you hear this
word? For some it’s enjoying the chill, having an outdoor barbeque party, and
sitting around a bonfire, while for others it’s staying indoors near a heater,
cuddled under a blanket, and watching TV.
For those of you who prefer the latter, burn your comfort
blanket this year and go camping. Hate it or love it, it’s worth the
Here’s what you can expect at a campsite in the winters and
what to carry with you.
1. Cozy Under the Stars
Campsites are located far from cities amidst nature, with
just the sky, ground, maybe a stream/river, and trees for company. You’ll be
sitting out in the open and sleeping in tents, so buttoning yourself up warm is
your sole priority.
Here are some clothing suggestions: thermal wear, warm
sweater, muffler, thick coat, wooly hat, leg warmers, and gloves. Some other measures
to keep warm include pocketing a hot water bag and carrying a hot water flask.
2. Toasty Bonfires
This has to be the best part about camping. Either there’s
one massive bonfire around which everyone’s snuggled around or several small
one’s for small gatherings. Just sitting around a bonfire with strangers forces
a pleasant camaraderie. The surrounding
darkness, thousands of twinkling stars above, and the hypnotizing flickers of
the bonfire will make you want to freeze time forever.
Carry some marshmallows to roast over the fire.
3. The Adventurous
Sleeping in a tent is quite an experience, and with a
variety of different tents pitched at one campsite, the experience of staying
in each one is unique. Some tents entail crawling in and out while some offer
plenty of headspace to walk around. Some tents have sleeping bags while others
can have beds put inside them.
Carry an emergency lamp, especially needed for late night
4. Fun Learning
You can learn a thing or two about building a campfire
and identifying edible and medicinal plants in the surrounding forest. Some
campsites are located in forests where you can spot and learn about rare
species of birds, animals and butterflies.
Carry a good camera to click some wonderful
pictures out in the forest.
5. Memorable Mishaps
Whether it’s jostling for space with another
person in a small dome tent or using a small tented loo, every awkward
situation becomes a funny story to laugh over and retell.
Carry your sense of humour.