12 Essential Winter Camping and Backpacking Hacks

4. Use Plastic Grocery Bags as Snow Anchors Instead of Tent Stakes

Plastic Grocery Bags
Plastic Grocery Bags

Use plastic grocery bags as snow anchors for your tent instead of carrying tent stakes. Fill them with snow and bury them so just their handles are showing above the surface of the snow. You can immediately guy out your tent with them without having to wait for them to harden up. The plastic bags are easy to remove in the morning and reuse. They’re also super lightweight.

5. Wrap Fuel Bottles with Duct Tape to Prevent Frostbite

Wrap Your White Gas Fuel Bottle with Duct Tape to Prevent Frostbite
Wrap Your White Gas Fuel Bottle with Duct Tape to Prevent Frostbite

In cold weather, the temperature of white gas, or liquid fuel as it is also known, can dip below freezing but still remain in liquid form. If it touches your skin, it will evaporate immediately, causing frostnip or a more severe frostbite. In fact, simply touching an uninsulated fuel bottle with the bare skin of your hand in sub-zero temperatures can cause a cold injury. You can prevent this by wrapping the bottle with duct tape to insulate it.

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