Be Prepared for Your Next Winter Camping Trip

Be Prepared for Your Next Winter Camping Trip
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Winter Camping Gear Checklist

Winter camping requires more gear than summer camping. Our comprehensive checklist is designed to keep you from forgetting anything important.

Lets Start with The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort:

1. Navigation

Map (with protective case)
GPS (optional)

2. Sun protection

Sunscreen (SPF 45+)
Lip balm (SPF 15+)
Sunglasses (Polarized)

3. Insulation

(See Clothing List)

4. Lights

Headlamp or flashlight (plus 1 spare)
Extra batteries for both

5. First-aid

First-aid kit (see our first-aid checklist)
Personal medications

6. Fire

Matches or lighter
Waterproof container
Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

Knife or multi-tool
Kits for stove, sleeping pad; duct tape strips

8. Nutrition

Extra supply of food (See Food Checklist)

9. Hydration

Water bottles or hydration system (insulated)
Water filter or other treatment system

10. Shelter

Tent or Bivy (Four Season)

Beyond the Ten Essentials


Internal or external frame backpack
Convertible or four-season tent
Sleeping bag (-30° to 0°F)
Snow or tent stakes and guylines
Footprint (if needed for tent)
Stuff sacks or compression sacks
2 sleeping pads per person – (1 inflatable sleeping pad
+ 1closed-cell foam sleeping pad)
Pillow or stuffable pillowcase
Packable lantern
Snow goggles
Skis (with skins)
Ice axe
Trekking poles (with snow baskets)
Multifunction watch with altimeter
Signaling mirror (often on compass)
50-80 feet of climbing rope
3-5 Locking carabineers
1 Belay device per person
Climbing harness
Personal locator beacon (PLB)
Avalanche transceiver (1 per person)
Avalanche probe (1 per person)
Snow shovel (1 per person)
Snow saw
Towing sled or toboggan
Insulated water bottles (2)
Stove + Fuel
Cookset with large pot (for melting snow)
Dishes or bowls, Utensils, Cups
Pot grabber
Food-storage sacks or canister
50′ nylon cord
Chemical heat packs- hand and feet warmers
Backup water treatment
Pee bottle (use spare Nalgene)
Toilet paper (Don’t Forget This!)


Base layer

Wicking underwear
Midweight long john top
Midweight long john bottoms
Expedition-weight long john bottoms
Expedition-weight long john top


Waterproof/breathable jacket
Waterproof/breathable pants
Synthetic or softshell hiking pants
Insulated parka or down jacket
Insulated pants
Waterproof gaiters


Insulated camp booties
Waterproof hiking or snowshoeing boots (insulated is best)
Wool or synthetic socks (one pair for every day or two, plus an extra pair for sleeping only)
Liner socks (2)


Wool or fleece hat
Balaclava or facemask
Synthetic liner gloves
Midweight insulated ski gloves
Heavyweight down mittens
Waterproof overmitts
Sun hat or visor
Bandanna or Buff (2)

Recommended Personal Items & Misc

Hand sanitizer + quick-dry towel
Toothbrush and/or toiletry kit
Extra dry clothing for camp
Notebook and pen or pencil (waterproof)
Two-way radios
Cell or satellite phone
iPod with headphones
Trip itinerary left with friend