You would be surprised what little things can do to make a huge difference on how comfortable you feel. These are small tips that make a huge difference. You may also wish to read sections on 'Keeping Dry' and 'Dressing in Layers' linked on this page.
· Change your socks
Socks that you have worn are sweaty and especially in cooler damp weather, will make your feet cold and uncomfortable. Bring lots of changes of socks to camp. Changing your socks does make a world of difference.
· Do not sleep with your daytime clothes
Same reason as changing your socks. Sleeping in your underwear or at most, PJ's, will let you sleep more comfortably.
· Avoid cotton clothing
Simply put, cotton likes water. This water takes alot of energy from your body to evaporate. Cotton also looses most of the insulating properties it had when it was dry. Even your perspiration is moisture in your clothing. That is why that sweatshirt isn't keeping you warm anymore and those cotton socks are cold.
· Bring good weather gear!
If you were in a downpour all weekend would you wear a simple nylon jacket? You will be surpised what Scouts bring to camp and they are drenched to the bone in ten minutes. The fact is Scouts do encounter some incliment weather. Unless you like shivering in the rain all day then make sure you are waterproof! Your hiking boots too! I cannot stress this enough.
· Leave the Poncho at home
Unless you like being a sail, then these don't keep you dry. And frankly they are dangerous at camp. You can't work safely in them and they are a fire hazard around our stoves and campfires. A two piece raingear with pants is recommended.
· Large Zip-Lock bags and mesh bags
Use see through mesh bags to organize the gear in your pack. This way you can easily get to what you need without having to dump everything out in your tent. Try that with more than one Scout in a tent! Large freezer ziplock bags are useful for waterproofing clothing.
· Dress in layers
If you are cold, put on an extra layer. Hypothermia can happen at any time of the year. Dress in layers to be able to finely adjust to the temperature and activity immediately. Remember that the wind can dramatically affect your temperature; a windbreaker can be a key element in your layering system
· Make a campfire blanket
Not only do you have a great place to put your camp crests, but it will double as a blanket when needed.
· If cold at night
First make sure the drafts around the head of your sleeping bag is sealed, by pulling your drawstring around your head on your sleeping. If there is alot of sleeping bag left over at your feet, try tucking the bottom part of your sleeping bag under you. This will result in less space for you to heat up. Never stuff your sleeping bag with clothes as the clothes will draw heat from you.
Try placing a blanket under you and/or put on a toque. The ground will draw heat away from you. The blanket will provide insulation from the cold ground. Foam pads or insulated air mattresses are recommended. Uninsulated air mattresses are cold and the bare ground is colder, hard and uncomfortable.