Do you love being outdoors? I do. I even love being in the forest in the evening as the sun is setting. It’s one of the best times to look for owls.
However, being outside overnight requires a little bit of planning. If you’re going camping or hiking, it’s good to be prepared in case of some overnight time in the woods. You can also use these tips to stay warm and dry around your campfire this summer.
How should you dress for heading out to the woods overnight? Dressing in layers is key. If you get damp, you get cold. Layers help keep you dry. Having a few layers on your top will help the core of your body stay warm.
Dress in warm clothing or bring it along with you even if you think that you’re going to be too hot. It’s always better to have to wrap a jacket around your waist! If it’s at all damp, wear an outer layer that gives you some waterproofing. This will allow you to sit down in the forest without getting cold.
A hat is an essential clothing item. Yes, it might seem superfluous on a warm summer’s day, but as night falls, you’ll want warm ears. Your body tries to keep your core and your head warm, so if you keep a hat on, your body will feel comfortable and start to warm up your chilly fingers and toes.
What to Bring
If you’re planning to stay outdoors overnight or you’re just packing a good kit, it’s a good idea to bring along a safety blanket. This can turn into an A-frame shelter if you string a rope or a stick between two trees. You can also wrap it around your body – especially your head – if you need to keep warm. The bonus: it will also keep you dry!
Bring along a lightweight hat when you head out. This will help keep you keep the heat in your body, and it’s very easy to carry.
Staying Warm During An Accidental Overnight
If you end up being outdoors accidentally, it’s good to be prepared. However, you may not always be ready. If you’re unprepared to be outdoors, you’ll need to stay warm and dry. Think about how you’ll keep your head and body warm.
Much of your heat leaves through your head. If you do have a space blanket or a hat or even a hoodie, put that on. Then focus on finding some dry leaves to stuff inside your clothes, making yourself into a scarecrow. This acts as a sweater, providing insulation for the evening. If it is wet, sit under a tree or in another dry place, but make sure that you leave items near the trail so that you can be found easily. Stumps also make warm places to sleep if you can find one. Stuff it full of dry leaves as well! If you need to sit down, you can create a “mattress” of a couple of feet of dried leaves. That way, your bottom will stay warm and dry.
What are your tips for staying warm and dry in the forest during the evening or overnight? Have you found that you get chilly when you’re camping? What keeps you warm?