Hands up if you're a seasoned cold-weather #camper! Or have you never tried it yet?

Here's some top tips for #ColdWeather camping newbies:

1. Pitch before dark

It's far easier to set up camp in daylight. Remember that it still gets darker far earlier than in summer, so the sooner you arrive at your camping spot the better.

2. Go wild - but be responsible!

Many times you don't need to go far from your home or mode of transport to find a good winter camping spot. But remember to follow the code for responsible camping and take care to camp somewhere safe from flooding.

3. Invest in good gear

You'll need a tent or bivvy bag that's resistant to bad weather. Look for features such as waterproofing, three or four-season grading and taped seams. When it comes to sleeping bags make sure yours is designed for below-freezing temperatures.

4. Layer!

The ground is COLD at this time of year so you need some kind of insulation between your sleeping bag and groundsheet. A thermal mat is ideal. Wear warm clothes, base layers, an insulated jacket and socks for sleeping in and take an extra fleece blanket just in case.

A hat will also help keep you warm at night - and if your sleeping bag has a hood, use it!

What would you add as your top advice to new cold-weather campers?! Comment below!

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