Camping is one of the best things on Earth. Everything about it is so epic
- Researching parks
- Choosing a site
- Pitching your tent
- Starting a campfire
- S’mores and s’mores and s’mores for days
- Getting cozy in your sleeping bag
- Listening to the nocturnal animals come to life
- Waking up to the birds chirping
- Swimming in the lakes…
Need I say more? Epic, I tell ya!
The Minnesota season opens the last weekend of April, and even though it’s still quite cold up here we absolutely get out for opening weekend. But, luckily for us outdoor lovers that get trapped inside during the endless winters, we have a great selection of adorable one-room camper cabins that we put to use. I had never stayed in a camper cabin before, or a cabin during the winter so I was 100% on board when Pete booked one for us. While we were sitting around eating s’mores next to our raging campfire we were discussing all the reasons why winter camping is so much better than summer camping.
10 reasons why camping in the winter is the best
1. No bugs!
Camping in the summer is great because it’s nice and warm, but my god the bugs are out of control. Flies, mosquitos, ticks, ants…one more bite is just enough to send someone into a fit of rage. We tried to go hiking this past summer on a beautiful trail along a river and had to call it short by like 3 hours because we couldn’t deal. No joke, I think we each swatted about 5,728 bugs of some species off of our bodies. And if that wasn’t enough, this very same day we hung our hammock up by the lake and A TICK FELL FROM THE TREE ONTO US. You’ve never seen someone get out of a hammock so quickly.
2. Campfires are so. much. better.
A rip-roaring fire when it’s 9 degrees outside is much more comforting than one during the 80-degree heat. Cozy up with a cup of coffee, 17 s’mores, and sit outside for hours.
3. No stinky bathrooms
Functioning bathrooms aren’t in use yet so your only option is a pit toilet, BUT those toilets don’t reek like they do in the summer. I will not book a summer campsite if there aren’t real bathrooms. Ain’t no one wants to use a pit toilet in the middle of a hot and humid summer. Gross.
It is so utterly quiet in the winter that I swear you can hear the snow falling. It’s a little eerie at first, but silence is bliss. Take a pair of snowshoes and go explore the untouched wilderness. Summer camping is often riddled with rowdy neighbors blaring Blake Shelton’s latest hits into the early morning hours. That gets old, real quick. The only noise you’ll hear in the winter are the trees creaking under the weight of the snow.
Somehow the s’mores taste even more delicious. Gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate – ain’t nothing better. Please oh please tell me you’ve had a s’more!? Can you believe some people don’t like them? Those people are not my friends. Just kidding. Sorta.
6. The best drinks
Your drinks stay cold! Have a choice alcoholic beverage you like? Hate it when you can’t drink it fast enough? Go winter camping! On the flip side, put your coffee or hot chocolate in a Yeti and it’ll be warm for a decade.
7. It’s so romantic
Feeling lonely? In need of a good cuddle? Winter camping is so romantic and lends itself perfectly to snuggling up with a loved one. Bonus points if your cabin has a wood stove.
Stars everywhereeeee. Camping out in the middle of nowhere during the shorter days of winter lends itself perfectly to some epic star gazing. Hopefully, it’s not too cloudy with the winter storms, though.
9. The bragging rights.
Even though it’s technically camping in a cabin, it’s still winter camping and you can still be boastful that you braved the winter because you’re so hardcore.
10. Again, NO BUGS!
Reason enough to celebrate twice.
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Have you ever been winter camping?
What is your favorite part about camping? The solitude, s’mores, campfires?