Believe it or not, people actually camp during the winter. Setting up camp in the snowy cold may not be for everyone, but for those willing to put up with a little physical discomfort, there can be some worthwhile rewards. To start: there are no bugs, little worry about bears and no crowds. Yes, it will be cold. No, it won’t be like summer camping. But with the right equipment and the proper mindset, camping during the winter can be quite enjoyable and offers a totally unique experience.
Sidenote: If snow camping seems a little too intense for you, then it’s worth looking into desert camping. Winter and early spring are the best times to visit the desert. And while it will still be pretty cold, it won’t be build-an-igloo cold.
Figuring out what to cook in the winter can be just as important as figuring out what to wear. Comforting, warming and satisfying are the adjectives you’re going after. Because there’s nothing like a cold day to make you appreciate a nice hot meal.
Johnny Apple Seed Oatmeal
Oatmeal is always a good way to start the morning when you’re camping. It’s simple, quick and open to endless interpretations. This Johnny Appleseed Oatmeal combines a healthy dose of apples with a generous helping of nutrient-packed seeds. Naturally sweetened with a drizzle of maple syrup, and you’ve got a bowl full of warm, stick-to-your-ribs satisfaction.
Get the full recipe here: Johnny Apple Seed Oatmeal
Goji Chocolate Granola Bar
Few people want to break out all their kitchen gear in the middle of the day and cook a full lunch—especially when it’s cold out. Besides, you’ll probably want to be moving around during the day. So prepare a few of these goji chocolate granola bars ahead of time. Eating small meals through the day keeps your metabolism fired up and will help keep your body warm.
New London Fog
There’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm drink on a cold winter’s day. Hot chocolate might be the obvious go-to, but sometimes we like a little variety. This version of a London Fog combines the floral aroma of earl grey tea with the creaminess of an almond milk latte. As the sun starts to set, this can be a perfect late afternoon pick-me-up.
Sweet Potato Peanut Stew
Winter and stews go hand in hand, and this Sweet Potato Peanut Stew is both healthy AND satisfying. It combines chunky sweet potato and creamy peanut butter, with a smoky chili aroma. With a campfire and bowl full of this, you’ll stay warm all evening long.