How do you camp in cold weather

Camping in the colder seasons

Many associate camping only with warm weather. But even if summer obviously offers many advantages - the cooler seasons also have their camping appeal! Spending the night outside is simply a question of having the right equipment. In this guide we will show you the good things about camping in the colder half of the year and give you tips for an all-round successful trip.

Lower temperature = more comfort

As beautiful as summer is, it is sometimes easy for camping to hot. For two, it is anything but cozy in a tent with an outside temperature of 30 ° Celsius! Studies show that the perfect sleeping temperature is between 16 ° C and 18 ° C. Temperatures above 24 ° C ensure restless sleep. The autumn and spring months are just perfect.

Two wonderful seasons

Autumn is a wonderful time to be outside. Fantastic colors, starry nights and beautiful sunrises - in autumn nature shows its most beautiful side! Children also love the colorful season, especially when they can jump into huge piles of leaves.

Of course, spring also has something for itself. Light breezes and pleasant temperatures can be far more welcome than burning heat - especially during sporting activities such as hiking etc.

Quieter campsites for better sleep

While tent sites are often bursting at the seams in summer, they are often far less visited in the colder months. So lucky! Outside the main season, campsites are often much more leisurely than in the crowded summer months. A peaceful sleep is guaranteed here! The lower price also speaks for camping outside the main season.

More animals

The less there is going on in the campsites, the higher the chance of seeing wild animals. Should you enjoy it, treat them with respect and caution - it is their home, you are only a guest here.

Cooler temperatures also mean fewer insects. Sleepless nights from annoying mosquitoes can be avoided, thank God. So you can safely leave your mosquito repellent at home!

Sleeping bag

When camping in the colder seasons, having the right equipment is essential. The most important thing is a sleeping bag that won't let you freeze even in cooler temperatures. We recommend models with comfort temperatures between 0 ° C and 10 ° C. These are often so-called 3-season sleeping bags. Although they are usually a little too warm for the summer, they are the right choice if you just want to own a sleeping bag.


There are many different types of sleeping mats. At the lower end of the scale, you'll find simple foam mats that are more reminiscent of yoga mats and don't really offer much comfort or isolation. Air mattresses are even better: Standard inflatable models can be packaged small, but don't really offer a lot of insulation. The third category, air mattresses with integrated insulation, are ideal for traveling in cooler weather - many of them are even self-inflating.


Even in colder weather, you shouldn't have any problems with your normal tent. In very cold, windy and rainy weather, you should get a model that is specially made for these conditions. These usually have thicker fabrics, fewer seams and reinforced tent poles. However, these extra features also mean an extra in terms of price.


Warm down or synthetic jackets are always a good idea for cold-weather camping - especially if they are waterproof. Functional underwear should also be part of your basic equipment, because it keeps you comfortably warm even on colder nights and takes up relatively little space in your backpack.


  • If possible, some insulation material should be packed between you and the cold floor. An insulation blanket on your inflatable mat can make a huge difference! In a pinch, a bath towel or a layer of plastic can also help.
  • A hearty dinner is not only good for the soul, it also fills your energy stores and keeps you a little warmer at night. Of course, you shouldn't forget to drink enough!
  • The pitch of your tent should be carefully considered. If you set it up in the middle of an open field, for example, you are completely exposed to wind and rain - it will be a cold affair and anything but comfortable!
  • Leave your campsite as you found it! This keeps your influence on nature as small as possible.
  • You can find more tips and recommendations for winter camping in a motorhome on the WoMoGuide blog in this article.