Winter Camping Packing Lists

TEN ESSENTIALS (In daypack or fanny pack)

Pocket Knife
Personal First Aid Kit
Extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are superior to a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
Rain Gear
Headlamp or flashlight Bring extra batteries
Trail Food GORP, Granola bars,Fruit, etc.
Water Bottle Nalgene works best – Camelback reservoirs tend to freeze in winter!
Matches and Firestarter In waterproof container
Map and Compass
Sunglasses Or Ski Goggles

 

UPPER BODY LAYERS

Synthetic Long Underwear Tops 2 NO Cotton
Winter Jacket 1 Ski jacket shell
Sweater 2 Wool or Polar Fleece
Long Sleeve T-Shirt 2 NO Cotton

 

LOWER BODY LAYERS

Synthetic Long Underwear Bottoms 2 NO Cotton
Wool Pants 1 Wool or Fleece Pants
Snow Pants 1 With bibs or suspenders

 

FOOTWEAR

Warm Winter Boots 1 With removable liner (i.e. Sorels or Kamiks)  NO Sneakers or leather boots!
Socks 3 Wool or Heavy Synthetic Socks
Sock Liners 3 Synthetic

 

HEAD, NECK & HANDS

Winter Hats 2 Preferably fleece
Mittens and gloves 2 pair Mittens are warmer!
Glove Liners 1 Wool or synthetic
Scarf or neck gaiter 1
Balaclava 1 Extra Warmth for Face

 

PACKS & BAGS

Backpack 1 or medium duffel bag
Daypack or Fanny Pack 1 For 10 Essentials (above)
Gallon Ziplock bags 4 To keep clothes dry in pack

 

SLEEPING GEAR

Sleeping Bag 1 3 Season Synthetic
Waterproof Stuff Sack 1 or Large, Heavy Duty Trash bag
Fleece Liner 1 Adds 10°F warmth
Sleep Pad 1 ThermaRest or closed cell foam
Ground Cloth 1

 

KITCHEN

Bowl 1
Mug/Cup 1
Spork 1 or Fork and Spoon
Bandanas 2

 

TOILETRIES

Lip Balm 1 SFP 25+
Toothbrush 1
Toothpaste 1 Travel
Comb or brush 1 or Brush

 

RECOMMENDED

Fleece Vest 1
Suspenders 1 Better than a belt
Gaiters 1
Candle Lantern 1
Travel Games 0 Playing Cards
Snowshoes 1
Skis 1 Cross Country
Camera 1 Waterproof
Whistle 1
Medicine 1 Daily Meds
Watch 1 Scout Watch
Book

Hand warmers

0

 

In Ziplock