Last Updated: May 3, 2021

Best Cold Weather Camping Gear

Hunkering down for a night under the stars is one of the simplest ways to reconnect with nature – nothing beats waking up to the sound of a nearby brook and breathing in that fresh morning air – but why do so many of us limit our camping trips to just the summer months?

Granted, those long summer evenings do make camping an attractive prospect, but the other seasons all have their own charms – the changing of the leaves in fall, the sprinkles of snow on the tips of the trees in winter, and the bluebells emerging in spring. Plus, it’s great to know you can get a peaceful night’s sleep away from the light and sound pollution of the city no matter what the time of year.


At A Glance: Best Cold Weather Camping Gear


It seems a shame to miss out on all this, doesn’t it? Well, the only thing really holding you back from making the most of year-round camping is a lack of gear – with the right equipment, there’s no excuse for carrying on as a fair-weather camper. Here, we’ve put together a list of the best cold weather camping gear around, so that you don’t have to miss out on the wonders of 4-season camping ever again.

Top Product Overview

Hyke & Byke Eolus 0 Degree F 800 Fill Power Hydrophobic Goose Down Sleeping Bag with ClusterLoft Base - Ultra Lightweight 4 Season Men's and Women's Mummy Bag Designed for Backpacking
  • Cinchable mummy-style hood retains warmth
  • Compressible down filling, lightweight and included stuff sack
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Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Carbon Black
Best Allrounder
  • Insulated cooking pot retains heat
  • Operates at temperatures as low as 20ºF
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Kelty Bestie Blanket, Limited Edition - Indoor/Outdoor Insulated Camping Blanket
Best Budget
  • Affordable
  • Machine washable
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Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody Men's | Versatile Down Jacket | Black, X-Large
Top Pick
  • Good warmth-to-weight ratio
  • Streamlined, minimalistic design
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MSR Access Lightweight 2-Person 4-Season Tent for Winter Backpacking
  • Lightweight
  • Poles designed for rapid set-up
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Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon Hat
  • Covers head, ears, and part of neck
  • Highly wind resistant
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Burton Men's Gore-Tex Glove, True Black, Large
  • Fully waterproof and windproof
  • Breathable and insulated
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Zippo Hand Warmer, 12-Hour - Chrome Silver
  • Refillable
  • Eco- and child-friendly
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THERMOS Ultimate MKII Series Flask 900ml, 900 ml, Charcoal
  • Keep drinks warm/cool for 24 hours
  • Durable
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Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy 3800-BTU Indoor Safe Propane Heater, Medium
  • Heats up entire tent
  • Works quickly
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Top Products


4-Season Sleeping Bag

Hyke & Byke Eolus 0 Degree F 800 Fill Power Hydrophobic Goose Down Sleeping Bag with ClusterLoft Base - Ultra Lightweight 4 Season Men's and Women's Mummy Bag Designed for Backpacking

If you want to make sure you get a good night’s kip in those colder months, then a decent sleeping bag is essential.
Traditionally, down sleeping bags used to be much warmer than synthetic options, although nowadays there are some super snug synthetic bags out there (but down is still our favorite because it compresses so well).

There are tonnes of other ways sleeping bags can keep you that bit warmer, such as hoods and baffles (stitched sections that stop your insulation from bunching up and leaving cold patches). And the best will have the option to let cooler air in so you can use them during summer months too.

One of our all-time favorites sleeping bags for cold climates has to be the Hyke & Byke Eolus sleeping bag. This down-filled hooded, baffled mummy bag will keep you warm at temperatures as low as 0°F. It also has a spacious footbox, is super lightweight, and comes with a stuff sack, making it great for hiking trips.

So, what’s the catch? On the literal side, the zippers occasionally catch, so watch out for that, and it isn’t machine washable due to the down filling… and that’s about it! We’re genuinely surprised that this bag, available in a range of sizes and funky colors, doesn’t come with a higher price tag.

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Pros

  • Cinchable mummy-style hood retains warmth
  • Compressible down filling, lightweight and included stuff sack
  • Good temperature rating
  • Spacious footbox
  • Available in lots of colors and multiple sizes
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Zippers occasionally snag
  • Not machine washable

Product Information

  • Weight: 2.89 lbs (short); 3.06 lbs (regular); 3.24 lbs (long)
  • Fill: goose down
  • Fill power: 800
  • Temperature rating: 0°F
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Best Allrounder

Camping Stove

Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Carbon Black

One bit of gear that will make all the difference to your outdoor endeavors in cooler climates is a camping stove. It’s amazing how one hot meal in the evening can really take the chill out of your bones.

Camping stoves come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from super minimalistic ultralightweight stoves to heavy-duty stoves ready for family cooking. Our preferred stove, however, sits somewhere in between. The JetBoil MiniMo is portable cooking set containing not only a stove but also a fuel can stabilizer, an insulated cooking pot, and a bottom cover that doubles up as a measuring vessel. On top of that, it also features a push-button ignition and operates with great simmer control even at temperatures as low as 20ºF, so you can get those hot drinks when you need them most.

Sure, it’s a bit heavier than the ultra-light standalone stoves and it’s not as stable as the heavy-duty cooking stoves you can buy, but it strikes a great balance between weight and functionality – it has everything you need to cook gourmet meals in the wilderness but it certainly won’t break your back if you’re planning on backpacking around.

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Pros

  • Insulated cooking pot retains heat
  • Operates at temperatures as low as 20ºF
  • Push-button ignition and simmer control
  • Cooking pot and bowl/measuring pot included

Cons

  • Heavier than stove-only options
  • Not as stable as heavy duty cooking stoves

Product Information

  • Weight: 15.6 oz
  • Packed dimensions: 5 x 6 inches
  • Fuel: Isobutane-propane canister
  • Boil time (0.5L): 2 mins 15 s
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Best Budget

Extra Blanket

Kelty Bestie Blanket, Limited Edition - Indoor/Outdoor Insulated Camping Blanket

So we know we’ve already mentioned sleeping bags… but an extra blanket adds a whole new dimension to a chilly campsite. Not only can you use it while you’re snoozing to protect any pesky limbs that escape the confines of your sleeping bag, but it’s also the perfect fireside companion.

Cold-weather blankets can get very technical, but one of our favorites takes a simple, no-frills approach towards keeping you warm. The Kelty Bestie Blanket is insulated with cloud loft, which means it’s machine washable (yay), and it can be crammed into a little stuff sack of its own so it won’t take up precious space if you’re backpacking around. It’s very reasonably priced, lightweight, and incredibly comfy.

It certainly won’t cut if you’re planning on summiting Everest, but if you’re looking for a simple solo blanket, you won’t find much better.

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Machine washable
  • Stuff sack (with handle) included
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Not suitable for more than one person
  • Not as warm as technical blankets

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 75.5 x 42.5 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb 8 oz
  • Fill: Cloud loft
  • Shell material: 75D Polyester taffeta
  • Liner Material: 190T Poly pungee
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Top Pick

Down Jacket

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody Men's | Versatile Down Jacket | Black, X-Large

As we mentioned earlier, we’re a sucker for all things down, and jackets are no exception. One of the reasons why we love them so much is their fantastic warmth-to-weight ratio and their ability to compress so well – as much as we want to be warm, we don’t want to like Mr. Blobby if we can avoid it.

Arc’teryx is a reputable outdoor brand that makes a range of jackets, fleeces, and pretty much every other layer you can think of, but their Cerium LT ‘Hoodie’ has been one of their most successful products to date.

Available for both men and women, this puffer provides great insulation (mainly down but with clever synthetic patches in areas that might get wet) while maintaining a streamlined appearance, and it’s super lightweight too. This makes it a great jacket for while you’re on the trail but it’s also ideal for milling around the campsite at night. It is a little on the pricey side, and be warned that it runs a little tight (if you’re in between sizes, go for the larger one), but overall it’s totally worth it – oh and it comes in heaps of colors too!

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Pros

  • Good warmth-to-weight ratio
  • Streamlined, minimalistic design
  • Water- and wind-resistant
  • Available in various colors and sizes
  • Constructed from high-end materials

Cons

  • Slim fit doesn't suit everyone
  • Expensive (but worth it)

Product Information

  • Weight: 10.8 oz
  • Fill: 3.6 oz of 850-fill-power down with patches of Coreloft synthetic insulation
  • Shell: Arato10 nylon
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L XL, XXL
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4-Season Tent

MSR Access Lightweight 2-Person 4-Season Tent for Winter Backpacking

No, we didn’t forget arguably the most important bit of gear for camping in the cold – a 4-season tent. Obviously, tents come in all different shapes and sizes, and the one you go for will depend on a tonne of factors – like who you’re camping with, whether you’re backpacking or driving, and your budget.

Overall, however, there are some key features you want to look out for in a 4-season tent. Firstly, you want something you can set up in no time – you don’t want to spend any more time than necessary hanging around puzzling over instructions. Secondly, you need some ventilation so that the heat coming off your body and hitting the cold wall of your tent doesn’t cause a condensation build-up. Thirdly, cold doesn’t always mean wet and windy, but if you want a tent for all occasions then it needs to be waterproof and windproof too.

Our favorite 4-weather tent on the market at the moment is the MSR Access, which is aimed at winter backpackers. It’s ultralightweight, incredibly easy to set up, has excellent ventilation, and has a serious waterproof coating too. And we love the mesh on the body of the tent for added insulation.

Sure, it’s not the one for a week-long family holiday, but if you’re planning a backpacking trip in the cold, you won’t find it much better. It is a little bit pricey, but if you go for the two- or three-person option, perhaps you could split the cost between you – plus you know it’ll last you a while thanks to the 3-year warranty.

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Poles designed for rapid set-up
  • Durable waterproof coating
  • Mesh provides extra warmth
  • 3-year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not suitable for more than 3 people

Product Information

  • Weight: 3.5 lbs (1P), 4 lb 1 oz (2P), 5.06 lbs (3P)
  • Canopy fabric: 20D ripstop nylon & DWR
  • Floor fabric: 30D ripstop nylon 3000mm Durashield™ polyurethane & DWR
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Insulating Hat

Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon Hat

Did you know that we lose most of our body heat through our heads? Makes sense to wrap them up then, doesn’t it? There are so many types of hats out there it can be hard to pick one, but don’t worry – even the simplest of hats can make all the difference.

A great example of a low-key yet fully functional hat is the Mountain Hardwear Perignon Beenie. Despite its minimalistic appearance, this hat has tonnes of features to stop that precious heat from escaping. Not only does it keep the top of your head warm, but it also fully covers your ears and the top of the back of your neck. The hat is highly wind-resistant too, thanks to the use of Mountain Hardwear’s wind-blocking design and materials, yet is highly breathable too – no one likes a sweaty head after all.

It might not keep you as warm as some larger hats, but its small design means you can wear it under a helmet or a hood, making it nice and versatile. The main drawback is that it isn’t waterproof, but that doesn’t matter too much if you just want something to slip on your head at night or wear under a waterproof jacket hood. Plus, at this price, it’s an absolute bargain.

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Pros

  • Covers head, ears, and part of neck
  • Highly wind resistant
  • Can be worn under a hood/helmet
  • Breathable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not as warm as bulkier hats

Product Information

  • Weight: 2.9 oz
  • Body Fabric: Polartec Thermal Pro Nailhead
  • Lining Fabric: AirShield Elite
  • Panel Fabric: Polartec Power Stretch, AirShield Fleece
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Gortex Gloves

Burton Men's Gore-Tex Glove, True Black, Large

There’s nothing worse than trying to unzip a tent with freezing cold hands… and you never have to again if you don a pair of Burton Gore-Tex Gloves.

Gore-Tex is renowned for its waterproofness and durability – just what you want in a pair of outdoor gloves. On top of that, there’s a handy little pocket for hand warmers, and the Gore warm technology is split over two layers for breathability – because sweaty hands are almost as bad as cold ones. The sleek lining is super comfortable and is nice and sleek so movement remains mostly unrestricted, but they are still a tad on the bulky side

Available in a range of sizes so that you can ensure the perfect fit, these gloves will be so comfy you won’t want to take them off – and you won’t have to either, thanks to the touch-screen technology.

We wish they were slightly cheaper (although they come with a lifetime warranty) but, overall, there really isn’t much we don’t like about these heavy-duty gloves!

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Pros

  • Fully waterproof and windproof
  • Breathable and insulated
  • Handwarmer pockets
  • Very durable
  • Touchscreen technology
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Slightly bulky
  • Tad expensive

Product Information

  • Shell material: DRYRIDE 2-layer fabric
  • Palm material: Toughgrip PU palm
  • Back of hand insulation: Thermacore insulation
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Insert: Gore Warm Technology
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Refillable Handwarmers

Zippo Hand Warmer, 12-Hour - Chrome Silver

As much as we love a good pair of gloves, sometimes your hands need that extra kick of warmth to really get rid of their chill. Handwarmers are the perfect bit of outdoor gear for rapidly heating up your hands – activate them, pop them in a pocket or glove and you’re done – easy!

We especially like the Zippo Refillable Handwarmers. We know they’re a little bit more expensive than the disposable ones, especially after you’ve bought the fluid too, but you can use them time and time again, so they’re a sound investment (and much better for the environment).

They’re great for kids too – especially if you’d rather they didn’t get too close to the fire trying to heat up!

Pros

  • Refillable
  • Eco- and child-friendly
  • Warm up hands rapidly
  • Can be used on-the-go

Cons

  • More expensive than disposable alternatives
  • Must purchase fluid separartely

Product Information

  • Material: Synthetic
  • Item dimensions: 2.6 x 0.5 x 3.9 inches
  • Item weight: 0.1 lbs
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Thermos Flask

THERMOS Ultimate MKII Series Flask 900ml, 900 ml, Charcoal

Another great way to heat yourself up instantly is with a hot beverage straight out of a thermos. We know some stoves, such as the JetBoil MiniMo, can boil water pretty rapidly, but it’s not always the right moment to set up a stove. Instead, you can use your stove to boil a load of water in the morning, then save it for a later point in the day in your thermos so you’re ready for a hot drink any time, winning.

There are heaps of thermos flasks out there, but one of our personal favorites is the Thermos Ultimate MKII Flask. Not only does it keep drinks hot for up to 24 hours, but it also keeps them cool too – so you can use this flask to keep cool in summer too.

It’s also BPA-free (so no nasty chemicals, yay) and feels cool no matter how hot the contents. It’s not the cheapest option out there and it’s a tad on the heavy side, but it does come with a 5-year warranty and is made of durable stainless steel so it will last you a while.

Pros

  • Keep drinks warm/cool for 24 hours
  • Durable
  • BPA-free
  • 5-year warranty
  • Sleek design
  • Available in 900ml or 500ml sizes

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • Slightly heavy

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 11.81 x 3.86 x 3.46 inches (900ml)
  • Weight: 14.1 oz (900ml
  • Material: Stainless steel with silicone rings
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Tent Heater

Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy 3800-BTU Indoor Safe Propane Heater, Medium

Finally, tent heaters are another innovative way to heat yourself up when camping in cold weather. We especially like the Mr. Heater F2125100 because of its safe and free-standing design – say goodbye to those pesky cables tripping you up in the middle of the night!

It’s super simple to use too, and it can be used for more than 5 hours at a time, which is more than enough time to warm up your tent. We also love that it can sense when it’s been knocked over and turn itself off – a great feature if you have children or dogs camping with you.

It’s certainly more expensive than buying a hat or a new pair of gloves, but it’s a cheaper alternative than a fancy mountaineering tent. Obviously, you won’t want to carry it around when backpacking but, if you have space in the car, we doubt you’ll regret taking one of these along with you.

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Pros

  • Heats up entire tent
  • Works quickly
  • Auto-ff safety feature
  • Long safe running time

Cons

  • Too heavy for backpacking
  • Very small fire hazard
  • Bulky

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Fuel: Propane
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Our Top Three…

If you want to fend off the cold without spending much, we’d recommend the Kelty Bestie Blanket – a super affordable way to keep yourself warm not only at night but also when you’re lounging around the campsite.

Kelty Bestie Blanket, Limited Edition - Indoor/Outdoor Insulated Camping Blanket
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Kelty Bestie Blanket, Limited Edition - Indoor/Outdoor Insulated Camping Blanket
  • The Kelty Bestie Blanket is perfectly sized for lounging around the campfire or for warming up with a good book
  • Insulated with Cloud loft, this blanket will be sure to keep you and your besties warm

Our best all-around bit of gear for cold weather camping has to be the JetBoil MiniMo – warm cups of tea in the morning and hot dinners at night are surely some of the best ways to fend off the cold?! You could also use a simple camping kettle.

Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Carbon Black
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Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Carbon Black
  • Powered by FluxRing technology, the MiniMo camping and backpacking stove cooking system, in Carbon, reaches a rolling boil in just over two minutes with half the fuel consumption of traditional systems.
  • Jetboil's proprietary regulator technology offers incremental heat adjustments from light simmer to full boil, perfect for sautéing greens, simmering sauces, and more.

So what’s our top pick? You might have guessed it… it’s the Cerium LT ‘Hoodie’. We honestly can’t emphasize enough how much of a difference having a jacket as warm and comfortable as this will make to your cold-weather camping experience!

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody Men's | Versatile Down Jacket | Black, X-Large
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Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody Men's | Versatile Down Jacket | Black, X-Large
  • CERIUM LT HOODY - Streamlined in its design, and with an exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio, the Cerium LT hoody works as a mid layer or a standalone piece in cool, dry conditions.
  • CERIUM - Streamlined, minimalist and lightweight technical down insulation. High warmth to weight ratio.