How To: Keep warm sleeping in the forest

Keep warm sleeping in the forest

You know your going to have to sleep outside and you don't know how to stave off the chill of the night. With the right equipment, some layering techniques and a full belly you be sure to get a good nights sleep even if it's cold out.

Don't let the cold keep you indoors – learn how to survive the outdoors at night in comfort in any temperature.

You Will Need

* A quality tent
* A barrier
* Layered clothing
* A hot meal
* A winter hat
* A sleeping bag
* Ear flaps (optional)

Step 1: Get a good tent

Splurge on a quality tent. A good tent serves as shelter from the wind and rain, and also remains breathable while trapping body heat inside.

Step 2: Make a barrier

Make a barrier between yourself and the ground. This can be as simple as a pile of pine branches or as modern as a foam mattress.

Avoid air mattresses. The cold ground will cool the air inside.

Step 3: Dress properly

Layer your clothing for maximum insulation and prevention of excess moisture.

Step 4: Eat

Eat before you go to sleep. Don't skip dinner because you're tired or cold. Have a hot meal to fuel your body while you sleep.

Step 5: Put on hat

Put on your winter hat. You want as little exposure to air as possible

For added warmth, bring along a winter hat with ear flaps.

Step 6: Hunker down

Pull your sleeping bag over your head and ball up as best you can.

Contrary to popular belief, humans do not lose a majority of body heat through their heads.

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