Whether it’s a bit chilly at your campsite or your power goes off during the winter months, having the proper gear for warmth is critical. Without the proper amount of heat, your body will start to slow down and frostbite and other cold-weather issues can arise.
There are a few ways to stay warm. One involves fires and outward sources, whereas another option entails capturing your own body heat, such as with a reflective blanket. Many times it’s not enough to just be prepared with one source of warmth; combining methods can be an effective way to stay warm and comfortable in many situations.
Learning the basics of making a fire can go a long way in an emergency. Can you start a fire both with and without matches? If not, consider learning how; otherwise, it could be a cold night in the outdoors if that’s your only option. If you can build a proper fire, you’ll have more than just warmth. Fire gives you a way to cook your food, gives light, and provides comfort during times of need.
Even with a fire burning, you may need something more to keep warm. Wrap yourself up in a blanket, pack on layers of clothing, or utilize other heat-producing options. For example, emergency blankets and sleeping bags use a reflective metalized material which reflects up to 90% of your body heat. They are lightweight and compact, which makes them a great option for emergency kits and camping gear.
Heat packs are another simple option. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and varieties, such as adhesive body warmers, foot insole warmers, and glove warmers. They also come in reusable and single-use options, and can provide heat from anywhere between 2-18 hours. These are an excellent option to keep in your emergency kits—or even to use when spending time outside during the winter.