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Camping In Different Climates

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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High deserts are known for causing dehydration, sunburn, sunstroke, and dry skin. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen. Pictured above Arches National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

High deserts are known for causing dehydration, sunburn, sunstroke, and dry skin. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen. Pictured above Arches National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV camping styles and activities vary with location and climate. Climate is a key factor in the planning and enjoyment of a camping trip. Research the location to be aware of the type of climate and weather you’re likely to experience.

Desert Camping
Desert camping can be a unique and rewarding experience. The stark beauty of red rock mesas and mysterious hoodoos in the Southwest is enchanting. But the harsh climate and terrain that defines a desert requires certain precautions and special considerations especially during the summer months. Drink large amounts of water. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Arid climates require one gallon of water, per person, per day—minimum. Sun and heat are related factors to watch. Wear sunscreen, and reapply often. Sun-glasses and a wide-brimmed hat such as the lightweight and comfortable Tilley hat are advisable, as is light-weight clothes that cover exposed skin.

Camping in the Mountains
Campers who are physiologically used to living close to sea level can experience noticeable effects from high altitudes. Additionally weather conditions in the mountains are often unpredictable. Respect the fact that mountain weather can change quickly and it can be severe. The air is dryer and sunlight tends to be more intense in mountainous areas—especially the Rockies. These areas are known for causing sunburn and dry skin, even in the winter.

Storm Watching in the Pacific Northwest
November through February is peak storm season along the Pacific coastline of the northwest United States. As the raw power and energy of the winter storms meet the coastlines, storm enthusiasts are captivated as twenty to thirty foot waves pound against the beach heads and steep cliffs. The inspiring display of nature’s power captivates the imagination and energizes the spirit.

Winter Camping
While RV camping is generally considered fair-weather recreation, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. There are numerous ways to enjoy life on the road during winter months, provided that you plan ahead. It takes proper trip planning, experience, and the right equipment to travel safely in the winter environment. In a tranquil world of white, you can enjoy down-hill and cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. Several RV manufacturers offer travel trailers designed specifically for ice fishing. It is a winter RV wonderland out there, just waiting for you to explore. Best of all you are camping with all the toasty comforts of home. Plan ahead for the season and the climate for your intended location and you’ll find your trip that much more enjoyable.

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