Winter Camping Must-Haves

If you're going to sleep in a rooftop tent or deep in the snowy backcountry, be prepared with these critical items.
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Luminoodle Light Rope in Lantern Mode

The Luminoodle in lantern-mode.

Sleeping Bags

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

Arguably the most important piece of gear for winter camping. Luckily, there are some great bags out there. In the down category, you can’t go wrong with the 900-fill Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer (from $570). If you prefer synthetic, The North Face Aleutian with Heatseeker Eco ($259) insulation offers one of the best warmth-to-weight ratios, trapping body heat and keeping you toasty all night. 

Shoe Rack

Keep your tent dry and mud-free with a hanging shoe rack. It’s a lightweight storage option that goes a long way toward keeping your space clean in the winter. We like iKamper’s eight-pocket version ($59).

Thermal Blanket

Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt

The Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt

Don’t camp without the Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt ($279). This down blanket can go over your sleeping bag, or be used on its own. And at only 24 ounces, it’s a win-win.

Read more: Pitch In - Winterized Rooftop Tents

Lighting

Need more light at night? Try the Luminoodle Light Rope (From $20). It’s lightweight, completely flexible, and can be strung all around your tent. It plugs into any USB power source and has a lantern mode, so it’s great for use on the go.

Camp Stove

If you’re looking to save space, check out the Coleman Fold-N-Go foldable stove ($125). It lets you cook two meals at once in large pots, with a uniform heat flow. This foldable burner gives you some of the same benefits of a standard stove, but in a handy, compact design.

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