Whether you van contract hire or travel in your own campervan, camping in winter is no doubt fun but only if you are prepared for the cold. By being miserably cold you won’t be able to enjoy the pristine nature. Here are five tips to ensure you never sleep in an ice-cold van ever again. To begin with, you must be properly and warmly attired at all times; do not skimp on your winter ware because that is the most important barrier between you and the ice cold surroundings.
- Insulation is the bottom line: To prevent the cold air from entering from all the tiny gaps in the vehicle you must insulate the floors, walls and the ceiling. Use reflextix to insulate the windows because a lot of heat is lost from them too.
- Invest in a heater: There are several options in the market, choose one that is compact and will fit into your van. A diesel heater is a good choice as it can be fed from the van’s own tank. The only word of caution is that when you use a heater ensure the roof vent is open and there is no carbon monoxide in circulation. You can invest in smoke and CO detector to stay safe.
- Proper bedding: To prevent the cold from seeping in and freezing your bones, along with your jumpers and thermals, carry thick good quality blankets to keep your warm and maintain your body temperature. Carry sleeping bags meant exclusively for winter.
- Cooktop: Nothing warms the entire being better than a sip of a piping hot cocoa or coffee or any drink of your choice. A Cooktop is best for boiling water and making that hot soup for those chilly nights.
- Choose where you park: Parking close to trees or at the base of the mountain may be a better option than in the open where you will be assaulted directly by winds.