Camping in the winter might not seem like the best idea in the world at first, but if you’re adventurous and ready to think outside the box, you’ll realize it could actually be quite all right. Even though the weather in Tennessee is constantly changing in this period, you could still have an amazing time, but you need to organize everything in advance. This will give you enough time to prepare and enjoy your camping trip, so if you’re doing this as well, here are a few things you need to know.

Find the right location

This should be the first thing on your mind since finding the right location is something that will take quite a lot of your time and energy. You need to find a spot where you can relax and take your mind off your everyday problems, but your camping spot has to be at least somewhat near to an urban area where you can get all your supplies.

Luckily, there are lots of places in Tennessee you can visit, especially if you want to have a real adventure. For instance, you could find one of those amazing gay camping facilities where you can be who you are without being judged or frowned upon. Alternatively, you can go to a more popular camping location – the Big Ridge State Park or the Center Hill Lake, among others – with lots of other people who you can meet and hang out with.

Assemble your camping crew

There are two ways you can go camping – with a group of other people, or on your own. The latter idea might seem a bit odd at first, but just imagine going off the grid and taking a real break from reality. This will help you relax and recuperate like never before, and you’ll feel amazing when you get back home.

If you decide this isn’t for you, you have to find the right people to invite to your camping trip. Your partner, your best friends, your siblings, your relatives, and your colleagues are among potential candidates, so talk to them and find out who’s ready for a winter Tennessee adventure!

Bring all your necessities

Wherever you’re camping and whoever you’re with, you’re going to need quite a few things to survive this adventure. From your warm clothes and your waterproof boots to your camera and your books – these things have to be by your side at all times, so be sure to pack them on time.

In addition to these things, you’re going to need a few helpful gadgets since you’re going into the wilderness – your portable phone charger and your solar lamps, for example. Also, bring one of those helpful otf knives that are made from high-quality materials and can help you prepare your food and build your shelter. These useful gadgets can mean a lot on your camping trip, so make a list of necessities and don’t forget any of them.

Check your car

If you’re going by car – and you should, since you’ll be camping in the middle of nowhere – you have to remember to inspect your car before you go. Visit your mechanic and make sure they check out everything that could put you and your companions in danger.

Having your car break down in the middle of Tennessee isn’t the end of the world, because you’ll surely be able to find some help quite easily, but this could ultimately ruin your experience. Instead, if you make sure your car is in perfect condition, you’ll have nothing to worry about and will be able to have the time of your life!

Join a camping club

If you’re never been to Tennessee or have never gone camping there, there’s another thing you might want to do – ask around and get some tips. Talking to people who have more knowledge than you will surely help you find the right site and make the most of your winter camping trip, so start looking for these people as soon as you can.

Another thing you could do is find a local camping club that has experience organizing different camping trips that might interest you. Finding such a club shouldn’t be too hard, and this is a great way to get all the information and gather all the data before you go. These clubs are full of people who know everything there is to know about camping in Tennessee and will take your trip from ordinary to amazing.


If you follow all these tips and get organized in advance, your visit to Tennessee will turn into an unforgettable experience – and you’ll surely start planning a new trip next winter!

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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