If you’re a lover of Australia’s balmy climatic zones found especially in the tropical and subtropical areas, then, chances are, you might not be ready for the frosts the winter can bring about. After all, Australia isn’t exactly known for teeming with snow-capped mountains and freezing temperatures. Still, when the going gets a little bit tougher than usual, remember that we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the things that you need to pack with you on your campervan adventure in the winter:
Essentials and Camping Tools for Winter
When you’re travelling in the winter, it can be too cold to even haul your luggage from one place to another. The trick to carrying very little but still staying warm is a light fleece hat. The basic things you need to remember is that it should be able to covers your ears and at least some part of your neck.
Some nights can get absolutely freezing and like we’ve always said, it’s better to prepare rather than finding yourself shaking, practically immobile because of the cold. On extra frosty nights, get some good reliable thermal underwear to layer with your regular clothes.
A pair of solid and sturdy winter or rain boots can go a very long way for protection. How else will you be able to walk the alpine resorts of Perisher and Thredbo in New South Wales without these? Make sure they’re weatherproof, light on the lacing and dark coloured (to hide mud stains). These are probably the heaviest items you’ll have so wear them on the way to save some space.
Fuzzy slipper-socks or wool socks
When the boots are starting to give way for pain in your muscles and joints, one way you can rest your feet are through some awesome wool socks or slipper-socks. We’re very particular on the material because we don’t want any feet freezing from the unbearably cold ground.
There’s no question about the gloves. Your hands are one of the parts of your body that need the most mobility so you’ll need some thin yet efficient gloves to keep them warm and flexible. Do away with overly large (and utterly useless) mittens and find some breathable, waterproof and quick drying ones. It also helps if they have some sort of grip.
This one can get tricky and if you’re not careful, you could end up bringing trunk loads of clothes that you don’t actually need, just because they said you should layer up. The number of items you’ll need will really depend on the duration of your trip but you’ll need some long sleeved shirts, a long sleeved top that you can layer the former with, a sweater for quick visits outside and a waterproof jacket in case of rain or snowfall.
We’re also listing down some things you never thought you’d need:
- Pack in some polarised sunglasses (make sure they’re sturdy enough) since light reflected on snow can be very heavy on your eyes.
- Throw in some sunscreen. Yes, you can still get sunburnt from the light’s reflection from the snow.
- Moisturiser is useful for dry skin brought about by winter.
- We know you’ve been a victim before so prevent your lips from chapping and cracking with some lip balm.
- One of the most dreaded things to do in the winter is splashing yourself with water so some hypoallergenic towelettes can help you deal with quick clean ups.
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