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Winter Bell Tent Camping:
Bell tents aren't just for summer time - they're great in winter too!
The Bell Tent
Camping in the winter may seem like an odd thing to do but it's actually very satisfying and much less cold than you might think!
Let's get right into it: In windy conditions it's better to pack a smaller bell tent so we would recommend a 4m or 4.5m at the largest. Touareg tents and tipi's of the same size are also reccomended. It's best to make sure the bell tent is achored down properly, longer pegs and/or double pegging is a great way to make sure your home away from home stayes secure. To double peg roll out your guy ropes an extra 30cm more than usual past the peg so that you have 30cm of rope on the floor with another peg at the end of the rope.
- Put your clothes at the bottom of your sleeping bag. This means that when you wake you wont be putting on freezing socks or underware etc.
- A pee bottle! Although not glamorous having a bottle to pee in will save you from getting out of your sleeping bag as well as keeping warm air inside the tent.
- Gloves and a hat: Two pairs of gloves, one thick pair for outside and one thinner for inside
- Hot water bottle, these are great as you can boil water inside the tent a fill to keep warm.
To make cooking quicker and easier over the winter months it's easiest to pre-cook stews, soups casseroles etc and then freeze and re-heat for quicker, hearty meals.
Lots of different options are available. Wood burners inside the bell tent are the best as they heat up the inside, look great and you don't need to leave the tent to feed your fire. Precautions should be taken to prevent potential fires so pack and extinguisher or lots of water as well as being careful to not touch the hot metal sides of the wood burner.