Sleep Warmer While Winter Camping

1) Insulate inside. Use an inflatable pad to keep you off the cold ground, and layer foam on top to keep body heat close. Clumpy insulation leaves cold spots. Once in, shake your legs to evenly redistribute down. Warm body and cold toes? Fill a non-insulated bottle with boiling water, seal tightly, encase in a sock, and place in the bottom of your bag to keep feet warm. Minimize the space you need to heat. Bag too long? Do sit-ups to warm up your bag pre-shut-eye. Insulate by piling dry leaves or pine branches under your tent.

1) Insulate inside. Sleeping bag liners (silk, synthetic, or wool) can add 5 to 25 degrees of warmth.

2) Insulate below. Use an inflatable pad to keep you off the cold ground, and layer foam on top to keep body heat close.

3) Stay dry. Lay raingear over your bag to shield it from frozen condensation. Avoid exhaling inside your coccoon—moist breath will leave it damp.

4) Shake it out. Clumpy insulation leaves cold spots. Let your bag fluff out a half hour before bed. Once in, shake your legs to evenly…

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