While winter is officially due to arrive on 22nd December this year, it’s definitely cold enough to feel like it at the moment. But when has a bit of frost ever stopped us from heading out in the van, eh?
That being said, staying warm while you’re out and about living the van life is important. For one, it makes enjoying the scenery easier, as you curl up in the warmth with a steaming brew. And it helps to stave off colds and keep you getting out and about enjoying the fresh air and beauty of the season. So, we’ve bought together 5 tips for staying warm in the camper van this winter, so you can continue living your best van life.
Be Prepared For Cold Weather
There are many things a campervan conversion can do to make your van warmer throughout winter. For example, our Balmoral conversion features full insulation and a set of custom made curtains to keep draughts at bay.
But, one of the easiest ways to stay warm is to prepare for the cold weather. You lose heat through your head and your feet, so bring along thermal layers under your clothes, thick socks and a hat to stay toasty.
While material like cotton is breathable, wool is a much more effective insulator that will keep you warm. So a woolly hat, thick blanket, socks and warming base layers will keep away the chills, especially during the cold nights.
Invest in a rug or a carpet
The worst thing about waking up on a cold morning is putting your bare feet onto a chilly laminate floor. A fluffy rug is a great way to treat your feet first thing and stay warm. You could even invest in some carpet throughout to really feel the benefit.
The great thing about a rug is that it can be moved to allow for cleaning on the floor. So, you’ll never have to worry about treading muddy footprints (or pawprints!) into the carpet after you’ve been out exploring.
Get a windscreen cover
A good quality windscreen cover can do wonders for keeping your campervan at a comfortable temperature. Variations with a reflective insulated layer will also help to keep the extreme cold at bay.
An external windscreen cover will also work to reduce heat loss through the windscreen and reduce condensation, particularly when you’re cooking.
Windscreen covers can also be really effective in summer too, helping to keep the interior of your campervan cool and comfortable – so definitely worth the investment, if you live the van life throughout the seasons.
Bring an emergency kit along with you
Getting stranded in wintery weather is no fun. It’s cold, it’s wet, and most likely entirely unpleasant for everyone involved! But sometimes, it’s unavoidable, and being prepared is the best way to see you through.
Always make sure you bring along an emergency kit just in case. Bottles of water, extra food, more blankets, a sleeping bag, and a torch can help to keep you safe and comfortable in the event of a problem.
Try a space heater
Space heaters are compact and easy to store away. What’s more, they can provide a welcome blast of warmth, particularly after chilly winter walks.
Take care when buying a heater that you take the necessary steps to stay safe. Most obviously, never leave a heater running when you’re not there to keep an eye on it. And make sure there’s plenty of space for it to avoid it becoming a hazard.
The Denby Balmoral Conversion features a power management system, consumer unit and leisure battery, as well as power points in various voltages to make having a space heater easy.
Enjoy The Van Life All Year Round With Denby Campervans
At Denby Campervans, we can help you ready your campervan for any kind of weather with our conversions. We have a wide range of conversion variations including the Balmoral, Buckingham, and Denby Weekender. As well as Day Van/Kombi Conversions and our Olympian Sportsmobile variation, too.
To find out more about our campervans and conversions, you can browse our campervans for sale online. Alternatively, come and see us at our showroom at Leek. If you already have a van, we can talk you through your options and help you choose a conversion that will comfortably see you through all the seasons!