Save on Pinterest

Best Winter Camping Gear for 2021

Winter is a peaceful time to camp — no bugs, fewer crowds and ideal snuggling conditions. Consider these winter camping helpers for your next trip.

Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.

1 / 12

Camping Supplies Featured Product CollageFamily Handyman, via retailers (3)

Throughout my years of camping trips I’ve dealt with my fair share of chilly weather, so I know a thing or two about winter camping gear. We’ve rounded up all the essentials, from seriously insulated sleeping bags to clever hand warmers. Read on for our top picks, based on editor favorites and rave reviews.

2 / 12

Nemo Equipment Inc. Disco 15 Sleeping Bag Via Backcountryvia backcountry.com

Nemo Equipment Inc. Disco 15 Sleeping Bag

For a good night’s sleep even in frigid weather, give this ultra-warm, lightweight winter sleeping bag ($300) a try. It’s rated for temperatures as low as 15 F, and its hydrophobic down stays warm even when wet. And since it’s available in tall and regular sizes, with a spoon shape to accommodate side sleepers, this sleeping bag is comfortable for just about all campers.

Shop Now

3 / 12

Eureka K 2 Xt Tent Via Backcountryvia backcountry.com

Eureka K-2 XT Tent

Capable of stopping the strongest of winter winds, the K-2 XT four-season tent from Eureka ($600) is a cold weather essential. It’s a good choice for family or group campers because it sleeps four with tons of storage space. Add some double sleeping bags, sleeping pads and heated blankets, and you may not want your winter trip to end.

Shop Now

4 / 12
Solo Stove Ranger Portable Fire Pit Via Amazonvia amazon.com

Solo Stove Ranger Portable Fire Pit

Bring your fire pit camping! Of course, the Solo Stove Bonfire ($270) is no regular fire pit.

Strategically placed holes cut down on campfire smoke while also helping it burn hotter and cleaner than your average campfire. Another bonus (or drawback, depending on your preference): Your clothes won’t smell like campfire.

Shop Now

5 / 12

Rovertac Camping Multitool Via Amazonvia amazon.com

RoverTac Camping Multitool

From pounding stakes to chopping up kindling to opening a beer, this camping multitool ($26) is an absolute essential. It’s highly rated for its high-quality heavy-duty design, small size that saves space in your pack, and affordable price. With 14 tools in one, you’re always ready for anything.

Shop Now

6 / 12

Carhartt Rain Defender Heavyweight Sweatshirt Via Carharttvia Carhartt.com

Carhartt Rain Defender Heavyweight Sweatshirt

Whether you’re setting up the tent or assembling the perfect campfire, stay warm and protected from the elements with this heavy-duty Carhartt sweatshirt ($50). It features a water repellent exterior, built-in hand warmer pocket and a loose fit that’s great for layering.

Shop Now

7 / 12

Msr Pika Teapot Via Backcountryvia backcountry.com

MSR Pika Teapot

A kettle is an absolute must for all camping trips, but it’s never more important than during the winter. This small-but-mighty teapot ($25) weighs just five ounces and boils one liter of water. Use it to make coffee, tea, hot cocoa or dehydrated meals.

Shop Now

8 / 12

Wool Fire Retardant Blanket Via Amazonvia amazon.com

Wool Fire Retardant Blanket

You don’t have to splurge on an ultra-expensive wool blanket to find one that fits your specs. This wool blanket ($35) comes highly rated and keeps you toasty warm on chilly nights. I know; it’s my go-to blanket for cold-weather camping. You’ll be surprised by its powerful insulation and generous size.

9 / 12

Stanley Vacuum Insulated Food Jar Via Amazonvia amazon.com

Stanley Vacuum Insulated Food Jar

Not every winter camper relishes cooking outside. For them, there’s the Stanley Classic Food Jar ($35), which keeps 24 oz. of your favorite home-cooked meal warm. Depending on weather, your food will still be hot and delicious up to 15 hours after filling. In true Thermos style, the leak-resistant top doubles as a cup.

Shop Now

10 / 12

Carhartt Base Force Midweight Bottom Via Carharttvia Carhartt.com

Carhartt Base Force Midweight Bottom

Growing up in the Northern U.S., base layers were as much a winter clothing essential as stocking caps and mittens. The thin construction of Carhartt’s midweight base tights ($30) work well under pants and moisture-wicking cotton. Rugged Flex technology means your movement won’t be restricted, so you can tackle a snowshoeing trip in comfort.

Shop Now

11 / 12

Rechargeable Hand Warmer Via Amazonvia amazon.com

Rechargeable Hand Warmer

Among the many surprisingly useful camping gadgets on Amazon is this rechargeable hand warmer ($27). It offers three levels of warmth, up to eight hours of battery life and a convenient USB recharging port. Plus, its small size makes it easy to slip into your pack without sacrificing much space.

Shop Now

12 / 12

Eno Vulcan Underquilt Via Backcountryvia backcountry.com

Eno Vulcan Underquilt

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to give up hammock camping once the temperatures drop. You’ll just have to do more prep, including purchasing an excellent hammock underquilt. This one from Eno is rated for 30 F, offering a thick layer of insulation to protect from the elements without letting heat escape.

Shop Now

Want more deals and product picks sent directly to your inbox? Sign up for the Stuff We Love newsletter.

Megan Mowery
As Affiliate Ecommerce Senior Editor, Megan is an expert at helping Family Handyman readers find products that will improve their lives. She covers anything from must-buy Amazon products to tried-and-tested product reviews. You can usually find her online shopping, learning a new craft, or caring for her jungle of plants.

Newsletter Unit

CMU Unit

cover
Subscribe & SAVE 1 Year Subscription
for only $10!