Eastern Slopes has an informative article on sleeping warm when caught by unexpected cold weather. Author David Shedd elaborates on seven key points:
- Carry a lightweight liner. They pack small and light, and can dramatically improve your bag’s rating. (Also read this)
- Wash your body with a wet pack towel or baby wipes resulting in a huge difference in warmth, as well as getting rid of that clammy icky feeling.
- Wear something clean and light to sleep in. (Also read this.)
- Use disposable hand warmers or bring a warm water bottle to bed to generate additional heat.
- Use a fleece neck gaiter. Most of us automatically assume we’ll wear a hat on a cold night; but, with a good hood on your sleeping bag, the hat may not be all that necessary.
- Use your down jacket as additional insulation inside your bag. The jacket can contract and expand to fill empty space in your sleeping bag.
- Eat and drink. Your body’s thermal processes work best when you’re fully hydrated. Before you go to bed drink a bit and eat something; it bolsters your metabolism..
- Breathe outside your sleeping bag. If you’re so cold that your face is freezing, try covering your face with a bandanna or loose knit scarf and breathing through that.
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