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Trap the Heat and Survive Cold Weather

By Dina James

A little forethought and organization will payoff in a great memorable
adventure for that next outdoors excursion you may have planned.

When you go camping you will need a camping lantern , camping stove
and a camping cot as well as a flash light.

Bring along some good sunscreen. Even in the winter time a person can
get a sun burn. You may want to get some type of bug repellant also.
Don't combine the sunscreen and bug repellant as sunscreen may have to
be used more frequently. If you have a second tarp place it on the
ground under the tarp tent be sure not to place the ground tarp outside
the tent if you do any rain water may flow in on the ground tarp and you
may get wet.

You are in danger of lightning if you can hear thunder,¡± states Weaver.
¡°Seek shelter inside an enclosed structure; if that is not possible squat low
to the ground, with your feet close together and your head between
your knees.¡± Maintain minimal contact with the ground and do not lie flat.

Cycling is an excellent and convenient way to explore the national park or
area where you are staying. Bringing along bicycles allows you to just get
up and go wherever you are. The only problem is that camping in areas
that are not designated for camping can cause problems with the law.
Many land owners do not wish campers to be on their property and some
nature reserves prohibit camping due to damage it can cause to the

Wisconsin for instance has no national park but has some of the best
state parks you could ever want. So, it is not so important exactly where
you go as long as the place you go has adequate facilities and is well kept.

Had it with the "rat race"? Got time off but not much cash to spend?
Losing touch with your family? Sounds like an old-fashioned campout is
just what you need.

Trap the Heat and Survive Cold Weather

The untold instinct of man to survive his everyday life pervades the
ultimate reality of existence. When threatened with an unpredicted
event, it is almost second nature for man to find ways to prolong his life.

Even with the onslaught of modern technology, it is imperative that man
learns survival basics and alleviate himself from the bondage of innovation
and technological advancement.

The key is to survive life¡¯s challenges without the tools. Beating cold
weather, for instance, is one of the most basic survival skills that man has
to learn. You never know when extreme cold will hit you unless you are
magically powerful.

If you want to know how to survive cold weather without resorting to
innovative devices such as heaters, here are some pointers:

1. Choose windows wisely

The key to cold weather survival is to find products that will stimulate
heat within the area. Getting a double-glazed window, for example, will
trap the heat inside your home.

Consequently, you do not have to depend on your heater most of the
time just to survive the cold weather. With double-glazed windows in
your home, there will be very little heat that will escape your home.

There are many websites that cater to campers with information on
where to find the most affordable camp gear as well as the most popular
items to buy and use when camping.

It¡¯s important when traveling to bring along the proper clothing. Always
include some rain and windwear, a fleece jacket is also a good idea. A first
aid kit and plenty of drinking water should always be available. Of course if
you are planning on doing any outdoor activities in the winter you will
need more clothing etc.

Therefore in order to make sure that you have a pleasant camping
adventure, make sure that you are fully clothed against all odds. More on
Camping Outdoor. Cross country skiing is another popular way for the
entire family to visit and see beautiful winter landscapes. Many parks have
several excellent trails available for cross country skiing. Several National
Parks will offer novice, intermediate and advanced trails for skiing.

The National Recreation Reservation Service? (NRRS?) - From this
one site, you can make reservations for the USDA Forest
Service, Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau
of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation outdoor
recreation facilities and activities. With over 45,000 sites at over
1,700 locations, any camper will find a great place to relax and

The thought of camping alone can be very intimidating,
especially if you¡¯re a woman. Ideally, it is not something recommended
to women new to camping. Be aware that the glass globe of all gas and
propane lanterns get extremely hot and can give you a serious burn.

You will need ice to keep the frozen foods cool. Save up you milk
containers plastic works best wash out and fill ? full of water an place
in the freezer. When you have a few frozen containers you now
have the ice that will keep your food cold.

If you are new to the camping experience, it's probably a good
idea to start out slow. Book a weekend campsite to get the feel
for the camping lifestyle.

2. Be wary when choosing clothes

It is not practical that you just wear layers of clothes to trap
heat from your body. The key is to wear clothes especially
designed to trap body heat. These clothes have special fabrics
that can lock in heat so that it helps keep you warm. More on
Camping Outdoors Tips at

Do not rely totally on materials that may seem to protect you
from extreme cold weather. Many clothing manufacturers are
now trying to cut back the cost of producing cold weather
materials by replacing them with fake ones. Take ¡°fur coats¡± as an
example. Most fake fur coats cannot effectively function in the same way
as true fur coats.

3. Trap the heat from the top

What most people do not know is that body heat is usually emitted from
the top¡ªthe head. So it makes sense to stop the heat from escaping
from your body by covering your head with a good winter hat.

Keep in mind that it will be totally useless to wear winter clothes if your
head is not protected from cold weather.

These are just the basic ways to trap body heat and survive cold
weather. By following this advice, you need not depend on heaters or
other technological devices that require additional energy consumption.
Make sure you have enough sleeping bags, pillows and extra clothes. Pack
the food you'll need, plus a little extra, and keep a supply of ice on hand
for perishables like meat and dairy.

Apart from being submerged in wilderness, an important component of
camping is the interaction with the localities, villagers and natives. These
native guides know the unexplored places, the less traveled paths, the
unknown facts, myths and stories about the locations.

Always be prepared for the weather when hiking. Carry a daypack with
some water, a rain/wind jacket, a fleece/wool jacket or sweater, a first aid
kit and some food. Good hiking boots are essential. On some of your hikes
it is quite likely you will come across wildlife such as moose, black bears
and grizzly bears, big horn sheep and deer.

Ventilation--It's better to face the tail of your tent into prevailing winds.
This will maximize air flow. Scrutinize the area--Check the area for sharp
objects that may damage your tent before setting up camp.

Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. You¡¯re number one priority when you¡¯re
camping should be to have a good time and enjoy nature ¨C something
that is difficult to do when you¡¯re sick and exhausted. Be sure to take
camping food with you that will keep you well fed and your energy level
up. Energy bars and gels don¡¯t usually weigh a lot and pack a serious
nutrition punch, making them great for the trail. If you don¡¯t cook a lot at
home and don¡¯t plan to while you¡¯re camping, do yourself a favor and eat
more than candy bars and licorice. Just about anyone can boil water, so
just about anyone can take some prepared camping foods on their trip
and eat well. When you have your living accommodations prepared you
must next look to the provisions you will take with you. What type of
food and beverages will you need on a daily basis? Will you be preparing
each meal cold or hot? You may also want to pack a couple days more
provisions for any emergency that may arise.

The first Summer that I lived in Colorado provided me with an opportunity
to spend six weeks camping in the western Rocky Mountains, during June
and July. In preparation for a summer in the outdoors, I acquired an
eleven-year-old1985 Dodge Ramcharger, a model famous for its 4x4
capability and ruggedness. Make your van into something that's useable
for you, especially if it's going to be your residence for days or weeks at a

Instead of going up to other campers and saying, ¡°Hi, I¡¯m Kerry and I¡¯m
here by myself¡± ask questions like ¡°How can I contact you if I experience
a problem¡± or ¡°is this campground regularly patrolled?¡±Don¡¯t advertise you
are by yourself by finding campsites away from walking trails
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