Are you planning for an amazing winter camping trip via campervan? Let us be the first to tell you; you’ve made a great choice. There are so many benefits to getting out on the open road and RVing in the winter months, but we get that there might be a little trepidation as well. We want to reassure you that it is entirely feasible and safe with some good ole’ fashion planning and preparedness.
Luckily, we’ve done some of the work for you already. Our fully loaded campervan rentals come with plenty of space for those extra accessories to keep you warm in addition to ample room to stand up and move around. Each of our camper vans come with a sink, gas cooker, fridge & microwave, so you don’t have to prepare your food out in the cold. Moreover, if the temperature at your current location is just a tad beyond your liking, all of our rentals come with free unlimited miles so you can move to warmer climates.
Beyond that, we’ve prepared a list of a few other considerations to keep in mind for off-season camping and your snow-bound adventures. So head on over to our site and book your fully-loaded, winter-ready campervan and let’s go!
This tip is an obvious one, but for those not used to the cold weather, we want to offer you some suggested ways to keep warm and toasty on a cold winter night.
A Portable Space Heater
One fantastic tool to help you keep warm in your campervan is a portable heater. Not only are there practical, small, and modestly priced options available- but it doesn’t require electricity. So if you’re boondocking, you won’t have to worry about finding an electricity source or using up what you’ve collected for the day from the solar panels installed on our campervan rentals.
However, please note that if you’re going to use a propane heater like the one recommended, you can’t leave it on for extended periods and definitely not overnight! This type of heater is suitable for short bursts of extra warmth when you need it.
A Heated Blanket
Since our lovely rentals come with solar panels installed, bringing an electric blanket is just the ticket to keep you warm at night. However, they should not be left on continuously. We recommend purchasing one that has a timer so that it will help you get to sleep and then turn off eventually. Leaving an electric blanket on all night will drain your power and could be dangerous.
Another option to bring in addition to the others, or as an alternative if you’re on a tight budget, is extra bedding that you can layer. Our suggestion is to first use a blanket, inside a sleeping bag, topped with a comforter. That’ll be quite a bit of insulation and should keep you reasonably warm.
Hot Water Bottles
Another good budget option is a hot water bottle. You can often order these handy rubberized versions to fill with hot (not boiling) water, seal it, and keep it under the covers, and they retain the heat very well. You can keep it at the edge of your bed by your toes to keep your feet warm, which will, in turn, keep your overall body temperature up.
Bring Proper Winter Clothing
Clothing is another significant consideration when traveling in the winter. Again, if you’re new to colder temps, we want to warn you that there’s a little more to it then just packing a jacket. Here are some great options for winter clothing.
Wool & Fleece Thermals
Winter clothing made with wool is an excellent option as it retains heat very well. These are often referred to as “thermals” because they are specially crafted to keep your body temperature regulated in frigid temperatures. Be sure to invest in a cap and mittens, as well.
Thick Slipper Socks
One great option to help keep you warm at night is some super thick, shoe-like slipper socks. You’ll find the key to keeping your feet warm at night, and these will go a long way!
Prepare for Ice-Slicked Roads
One of the most important considerations for your winter voyage is being aware and prepared for any dangerous driving conditions. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Remain alert and be sure to have a charged cell phone in case of an emergency. Our campervans come with 24/7 roadside assistance should you need it.
Listen to Your Local Advisory Station
We highly recommend listening to local advisories and being alert to any signs or displays that may caution against hazardous road conditions. Also, it’s essential in snowy conditions to use the main roads and highways that are monitored and plowed. Winter isn’t the time to go off-roading or to try any detours.
If you are driving in areas that have seen heavy snow and may have icy roads, you may need to equip your campervan with snow chains. These chains go around your tires to provide maximum traction when driving through snow and ice.
A Few More Tips
We recommend, especially if it’s your first time traveling in winter weather, or freezing temperatures, traveling with one or more people. Going it alone can seem fun, but save that for when you’ve got a bit more experience.
- A winter camping road trip isn’t the time survive on cold sandwiches. It will help you to stay warm and keep your body temperature regulated if you consume hot foods. It requires a bit more effort, but it will be worth it when you full and cozy. Consider bringing an extra freshwater tank or clean water for drinking.
- Go to sleep warm. In other words, get warmed up before you go to bed. You’ll find all the layers in the world aren’t particularly helpful at getting you warm- they only keep you warm. So warm up by the fire or with the portable heater- or do some jumping jacks- to make it easier to stay warm once you’re in bed.
Now that you’re well-prepared for your winter adventure, where should you go? We’re glad you asked! As winter is one of our favorite travel seasons, we’ve prepared some guides to help you figure out where to go during the winter, and which campsites to visit. Plus, we’ve put together a list of some of the best national parks to visit in the winter. Happy trails!
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.