5 Tips and Tricks for Staying Warm in the Backcountry At Night

I'm one of those people that always seems to be cold at night while backpacking. After years of sleeping outside, I've learned a few tricks for staying warm at night in the backcountry.

This is not a video for snowy winter backcountry trips.

This is for the backcountry gal (or guy) who needs some extra warmth at night during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons out in the wilderness.

Number 2 on this list is one of my best backcountry tips!!

Another point I did not mention in the video, is that your sleeping bag will definitely make a difference. Since a new sleeping bag can be very expensive, I wanted to keep the video to affordable and actionable tips everyone could use now.

However, if you’re in the market for a new sleeping bag, below is what I recommend.

THE BEST SLEEPING BAGS (this is the one I use):

Lastly, your sleeping pad will also make a big difference in your warmth.

Sleeping pads have an R-value, which measures the sleeping pads ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the more insulation the sleeping pad has, and the warmer you'll be.

Without this layer of insulation in the sleeping pad, you would lose a lot of heat to the ground. To increase your warmth, you can put a foam pad under an air sleeping pad and create a higher R-value for the night.

I hope these tips are helpful! They sure make a difference for me.

xo Amanda