Matt Johnson

Can you go Glamping in Winter?

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Oct 28, 2022Updated: Dec 12, 2023

When most people think of glamping, they imagine warm weather, stargazing, and roasting marshmallows over a roaring campfire. But can you go glamping in the winter? Is it even possible? The answer is yes! In fact, a winter glamping adventure might be exactly what you need.

With a little bit of preparation, you can enjoy all the best aspects of glamping—s’mores included—even when there’s snow on the ground. Many glamping sites are open year round. Of course, they might include a wood burning stove in their safari tents to help you stay warm.

Here are a few things you need to know about glamping in the winter.

Be prepared and dress in layers.

One of the most important things to remember when camping in the winter is to dress in layers.

You’ll want a base layer made of wool or synthetic fabric next to your skin to wick away moisture and keep you warm even if it gets wet.

On top of that, wear a few insulating layers—think fleece or down—to trap heat close to your body.

And don’t forget a waterproof outer layer to shield you from the elements.

A significant risk with cold weather camping is hypothermia, so it’s essential to dress appropriately and keep an eye on your fellow campers to ensure nobody gets too cold.

Bring the right gear.

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Even if you’re staying at a luxurious glamping resort, you’ll still want to ensure you have the right stuff for the colder temperatures.

In addition to dressing appropriately, you’ll also need to bring the right gear when glamping in the winter. This includes a warm sleeping bag, a water-resistant tent (if you’re not at a resort), and plenty of warm clothes and blankets.

Even if you’re sleeping in a tent or RV, it’s always a good idea to bring extra blankets when camping in the winter. Blankets add an extra layer of warmth and can be used for everything from insulating your tent to keeping your dog cozy.

You’ll also want to consider what activities you’ll be doing in the snowy landscape. Perhaps heading out on the hiking trails? Maybe some cross country skiing? Many adventure destinations have a lot to offer in terms of a winter wonderland, but you’ll want to be ready for those activities.

After all, you want to be comfy and cozy no matter what you’re getting into, since that’s what winter glamping is all about.

Make some warm beverages.

No winter glamping trip would be complete without hot cocoa (or coffee, depending on your preference). These are essential for any journey (summer or winter). But they’ll warm you up from the inside out and give you a much-needed energy boost.

Pack some instant hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows to enjoy around the campfire after a long day exploring the great outdoors. This would be a great option for enjoying in an outdoor hot tub, which many glamping sites have.

For those that enjoy the adult beverages, a smooth glass of red wine will warm you up faster than anything.

Pack extra food and drinks. 

When glamping in the winter, you’ll want to ensure that you bring enough food and water to last you for the duration of your trip. This is because finding resources like firewood and potable water in colder months can be more challenging.

Of course, if you’re heading out to a winter getaway like a tiny house with a comfy bed and heated floors, then you might not need to think about these essential items.

So pack extra snacks, put some water bottles in your car, and bring a portable water filter to be safe. Remember, you’re glamping in the winter, so it’s always better to be prepared.

While you should be comfortable and enjoying yourself, you still need to survive the colder weather.

Choose your campsite wisely.

When looking for a glampsite, pay attention to the sunlight it gets during the day. You’ll want a primarily sunny spot to take advantage of the sun’s natural warmth.

You should also look for a campsite that’s sheltered from the wind. Not only can strong winds make it feel colder, but they can also make it more challenging to set up your tent or start a fire.

Another consideration is how well your tent can hold up to the winter weather. If it’s well-insulated, then you’ll have more options on where to lay out your campsite.

Awesome winter glamping destinations.

Roughing it might not be for you and we get that. Here are just a couple of our favorite glamping destinations for a fun winter retreat. We’ll add even more over time, but for now these are the perfect spot to glamp with all of your creature comforts.

Adirondack Mountain Club Yurt.

The Loj property is situated in the majestic Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid, providing guests with beautiful views and a wide range of activities to explore.

Guests can enjoy everything from hiking and biking trails to birdwatching and ecological education programs. On top of that, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with Mother Nature, from lakeside relaxation spots to cozy cabins complete with all the amenities.

As an added plus, Loj property staff offer helpful tips for making the most out of your glamping experience, ensuring that you leave feeling refreshed and recharged.

Bellfire in the Catskills.

Nestled deep in the Catskill Mountains, just three hours away from New York City, lies a truly idyllic getaway with breathtaking views. With 10 acres of land made up of swaths of maple forests and vibrant wildflowers, it’s easy to escape into nature.

Guests can explore miles of trails or stay put at the unique intimate off-grid property to experience the beauty and serenity of the outdoors. For visitors looking for a small footprint but big experiential adventure, this natural paradise offers plenty to explore and enjoy.

Ready for some winter glamping? 

Winter glamping might seem like a daunting task, but with the proper preparation, it can be a blast! Just remember to dress in layers, bring extra blankets, and make some hot cocoa (or coffee) to enjoy by the campfire.

Remember, you’re there to have fun and enjoy yourself. However, it can be dangerous if you’re not prepared, so always err on the side of caution.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to have a great time no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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