Snuggling around a fire in a toasty sleeping bag, hot cuppa in hand, with the freshness of cool winter air slowly circulating is a truly beautiful experience, but you need to be prepared so you don't get too cold.
Those cotton PJs aren't going to cut it here! Wear appropriate base layers, such as merino wool or insulating synthetics, with an insulating layer on top. Add a woolen or fleece hat and neckwarmer.
Happy feet, happy sleep!
Take a sleeping mat (preferably insulated)
Getting off the ground when you sleep is key to staying warm! Studies show that what you have under you is more important in keeping you warm than what is on top of you so it is important to have a mat that is properly insulated.
Wear the right stuff to bed
It can be tempting to stay in your day clothes and slide right into your sleeping bag but the best option for staying warm is to change into clean, non-sweaty clothes. Plus, this will help to keep your sleeping bag clean!
Go to bed with a hot water bottle
A hot water bottle in your sleeping bag can stay warm for hours and help you sleep soundly even when it's well below freezing in your tent.
Eat loads and late
Your body warms up as it burns calories so winter camping means you will need to eat more than in summer. Meals that are higher in fat will help keep you warmer for longer too which is a great excuse for camp mac & cheese.
Sleeping bag liners can help
You may have an amazing down sleeping bag but even one extra layer can keep you even warmer. A sleeping bag liner (silk or fleece is best for warmth) can add a 'season' to your camp bedding.
Don't take a massive tent
A big tent containing only a few bodies will mean the space remains cooler than a much smaller tent. Sleeping compartments in a bigger tent are usually easier to warm up than larger living spaces.
Don't go to bed cold
If you get into your sleeping bag cold, even with additional bedding, you are likely to stay cold. Before you get into bed, have a warm drink, have a brisk walk or run to the loo or just do some star jumps to bring your core temperature up a bit before snuggling down for the night.
TIP: Keep your nose and mouth outside your sleeping bag. While it feels warm at the time, your breath contains a great deal of moisture that can cause dampness to collect in the bag as you sleep