Winter Camping and Hiking

Packing for warmth means building in layers Download Checklist as Adobe PDF Winter camping poses issues that summer camping doesn't. While you won't be coping with mosquitoes, you'll need to withstand the cold and be prepared to survive extreme temperatures.

Before Heading into the Snow
1
Make sure all electronic devices are fully charged
2
Leave your itinerary with family, friends or park officials
3
Get local weather forecasts for the period you plan to camp / hike
Emergency Gear
1
First aid kit (See First Aid Checklist for details)
2
Whistle
3
Cell phone or PDA
4
Needle and thread
5
Duct tape
6
Safety pins
7
Repair / sewing kit
8
Heat packs
Trail Gear
1
Backpack / expedition pack
2
Day pack (if required)
3
Map(s)
4
Compass and optional GPS device
5
Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool
6
Extra food and water
7
Extra clothing (extra layers for warmth and dryness)
Camping Gear
1
Food storage device
2
Flashlight or headlamp (extra batteries)
3
Matches (stormproof or in waterproof container)
4
Fire starter
5
Water purifier / filter
6
Water purification tablets (to purify drinking water made from melted snow)
7
Four-season tent (or another four-season shelter)
8
Tent stakes (should be capable of anchoring tent in snow--snow stakes)
9
Rain fly for tent
10
Ground sheet
11
Sleeping bag (rated for cold temperatures)
12
Waterproof stuff sack or compression sack
13
Sleeping pad (will help retain heat)
14
Cookware, dishes and utensils (large pot for melting snow)
15
Dish towel and washcloth
16
Shovel
17
Plastic garbage bags
18
Water purification tablets (in addition to water purifier / filter)
19
Water bottle(s)
20
Cooking stove and fuel
21
Lantern
22
Snow saw
23
Cross-country skis, poles, boots (where applicable)
24
Biodegradable soap (for cleaning cookware, dishes, and utensils)
25
Ice axe and crampons (where applicable)
26
Avalanche transceiver
Clothing and Footwear
1
Sunglasses
2
Hat
3
Pants (fleece or wool)
4
Fleece or wool vest
5
Long-sleeved shirt(s)
6
Sweater (fleece or wool)
7
Regular underwear
8
Long underwear
9
Snow goggles
10
Raingear (coat / pants)
11
Warm coat (parka)
12
Gloves (extra pair in case one gets wet)
13
Warm hat (fleece or wool)
14
Snow pants
15
Face mask
16
Hiking Boots or Hiking Shoes (insulated and water resistant)
17
Extra socks
18
Extra laces
19
Hiking stick / pole
20
Snow shoes
21
Repair / sewing kit
Personal Effects
1
Sunscreen (SPF 30)
2
Lip balm (SPF 30)
Techno Gear
1
Camera / video camera (extra film or memory cards)
2
Extra batteries
3
Binoculars
4
Altimeter
5
Radio
Created by Explorer. This checklist is public.
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