The majority of camping is done in the summer and a lot of people have the notion that it is a summer pursuit only. However, this is not the case… camping can be done all year round – from winter camping in sub-zero temperatures to summer camping on hot sunny days… and of course, we can add autumn and spring in there too.
So the question is, what is the best time of the year to go camping? In my opinion the best season to go camping in is winter and I will explain why below.
Summer camping is great fun and definitely something I look forward to – the days are warm and pleasant and the sounds of nature fill the air…
On the other hand campsites are often packed at this time of the year and sometimes the days (and nights) can be a bit too hot and stifling.
Add to this the constant plague of flies and other insects… and you’re sometimes left feeling a bit bothered and irritable.
Winter camping gives you something that summer camping often isn’t able to – solitude…
Where summer mornings are filled with the sounds of nature and bustling fellow campers, winter mornings are filled with… well, silence – a beautiful, addictive silence that will have you coming back for more year after year.
There are other advantages too – as I mentioned above, you won’t be constantly pestered by flies and other insects… and the views can be spectacular, if you choose your location wisely – imagine waking up to a scenery of a snowy landscape and feeling the crunch of your boots on the frost as you breathe in the fresh, crisp air…
The other benefit of camping in winter is that it’s good for your health – a lot of people associate winter with getting colds. However, it’s not the actual cold temperature that causes colds and flu – it’s exposure to poorly ventilated indoor environments, where germs thrive…
So in effect, you’re actually less likely to catch a cold during the winter months by spending more time outdoors in open spaces, where there are fewer people.
Spring and autumn camping also have their advantages.
Spring is a beautiful time of the year, with trees blossoming and flowers sprouting… while, autumn scenery can be very beautiful.
Camping is great fun whatever time of the year you decide on going.
But for me, nothing quite matches a winter vista… as I alluded to before, the key is to choose your location wisely.
Have a look here for some top UK winter camping sites.
Beautiful views, lots of addictive alone time and a rejuvenation of mind and body – that’s what winter camping can potentially give you.
It’s important to be prepared – as long as you have the right equipment, you’ll find that winter camping can be one of the most pleasurable experiences out there.
I’ve put together an essential kit list for camping, including winter camping, that you can find here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – if you have any questions or comments, then please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.