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How to Keep Warm Sleeping in the Forest

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


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

You Will Need

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

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