There’s no denying that life on the road can have its challenges, so we sat down with Phil Harris & got his recommendations on tackling the country in the colder months. Here's what he had to say:
Traveling in winter adds a whole new dimension to the trip, but an adventure without trials and tribulations would not be an adventure at all. After all, the payoffs are more than worth it, here’s a few tips to help make your winter mission run smoother.
Buy a thermos
Boiling water in the cold takes forever, when you are sitting around the campsite throw a jug on and fill a thermos before bed. When you wake you’ll have hot water ready for a coffee or tea.
Organise your gear
Fumbling around in the back of car looking for a spoon in negative temp’s sucks. Take the time to organise your gear in to a system and try and stick with it. Oh, and make sure your dish washing liquid is in a zip lock bag otherwise it’ll leak all thru your food like ours did.
Cold hands equals cold gloves
The same applies for shoes and clothing. Always try and put gloves or clothes on when your warm, during the day is best. Pro tip: Chuck your shoes in a plastic bag and stash it inside your sleeping bag at night, the insulation helps keep them warm overnight.
I’ve always been a believer in buying the best gear you can afford. I’d recommend getting a sleeping bag with a comfort level rating to 0 if not lower. Ditch the cotton and get a decent set of base layers. If you can stretch the budget to merino do so, you won’t regret it.
Lastly, take a really good jacket! Like, a really, really good one...
I went with a Gortex hiking shell as it allowed me to layer up underneath and be protected from the wind and rain.
Whatever your idea of an adventure is I urge you to find it and live it. Life will never be the same again. Happy trails, catch ya on the road.