It’s hard to sleep well when you’re cold. A few simple techniques can make all the difference.
This column originally appeared in the print edition of AMC Outdoors along with the column "Sleep Tight, All Winter Night."
- You need fuel to
keep your furnace burning all night. In case you wake up chilled, have a quick energy,
high-calorie snack at the ready for a middle-of-the-night refuel.
- Use a thick,
full-length sleeping pad; what works in the summer often won’t cut it in the
winter. Look for a minimum R-value of 4.0 (an R-value of 5.0 or more is ideal)
or consider doubling up pads for maximum warmth.
- Wear a liner balaclava and
snug hat that won’t fall off during the night.
- Have a designated set of dry
sleepwear, including a pair of warm socks.
- Avoid breathing into the hood. The
moisture in your breath will compromise the insulation and reduce its warmth,
especially in down bags.
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Labels: Down, Safety, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Pads, Winter