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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