Winter Backpacking Checklist
Winter Backpacking Checklist: Things You Need To Survive
When you are planning to do winter hiking or high-altitude climbs, having the right gear is a prerequisite. Everything out there is your enemy. And while you think that you can conquer the extreme elements, it just still easier said than done. This is why having a winter backpacking checklist is essential in order to better guarantee your survival.
Years ago, I made my own winter backpacking checklist. I did it so that I can help fellow hikers and climbing enthusiasts to find the right gear for this kind of outdoor adventure. It seems that many are still oblivious when it comes to the proper tools to survive a winter climb. Up to now, I am still wondering why. But regardless of that, It is still my utmost concern to help.
To be honest, winter camping will require you to bring more gear and tools than the conventional summer camps. After all, you will be up against harsh conditions and unfriendly weather. In exchange, this matter should not surprise you anymore.
On a “normal” circumstance, the temperature of a “winter environment” ranges from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s below freezing point already. And it could give a fatal blow to your body if you don’t equip yourself properly.
My comprehensive winter backpacking checklist will indicate the things you need prepare to survive the cold. Just make sure that you won’t forget any of these!
Winter Backpacking Checklist
It is easy to get lost under the winter spell. If you encounter a snowstorm out there, losing your way will likely happen. That’s why you need the following tools for you to stay on the right track.
Even though it is a winter climb, you just can’t rid the presence of the sun. Importantly, you should know that the sun rays during winter are more harmful than on regular days. This is because the ones that can penetrate the thick clouds are rich with UV rays. Therefore, they are really good when it comes to burning your skin.
You will never survive a winter adventure if you don’t have the proper clothing that can provide optimal insulation to your body. After all, you are against the cold. Your senses should tell you that an ordinary jacket can never do the job.
- Wicking underwear for the base layer
- Insulating pants, vest, or jacket on the mid layer
- Soft-shell jacket or rain jacket on the shell
- Soft-shell pants or rain pants
- Caps, hats, or headbands that have insulation
- Extra dry clothing
- Winter face mask or a Balaclava
- Insulating gloves or mittens
- Overmitts that have waterproof features
- Winter boots
- Socks (both main and liner)
A shelter on a winter camp is optional. It depends on how long you plan to stay outside. But there are times where you really need to bring your portable shelter. Such of these are emergency situations where the nice weather suddenly turns bad. Moreover, I will advise anyone of you to always carry the following gear:
We know how dark it can get when you are stuck in the middle of a blizzard. And even if the weather is calm, the alpines and mountains can still shroud the night. This is the reason why you need the following illumination tools.
First aid kit
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In any camping, I always require myself to carry at least my basic first aid kit. We just don’t know what we will encounter while we are outdoors. After all, nature is a very volatile factor that we should not play around with. Also, I will advise you to learn basic survival skills so that you can familiarize the use of the first aid kit.
- BZK-based wipes (Antiseptic wipes)
- Antibacterial cream
- Benzoin tincture
- Adhesive bandages (Preferably fabric)
- Wound closure strips or butterfly bandages
- Different sizes of gauze pads
- Sterile pads
- Treatments for blisters
- Pain relievers
- Antihistamine for allergies
- Ointment for insect stings
- Information card
- A Full supply kit can be found here
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Aside from illumination, you may need to warm yourself up in a winter camp. The cold is merciless, after all. Hence, creating a heat source is a logical thing to do!
- Lighter and matches
- Firestarter (for immediate and survival cases)
- A waterproof container for your fire sources
Winter camping is pretty exhilarating. The thrill it gives is something that you want to experience over and over again. But you can’t have fun with this type of outdoor adventure if you are not prepared or well-equipped!
Louise is the founder of TheAdventureLand, where she and her associates blog about Outdoor experiences, tips & tricks that will help you have an exciting adventure. She is also a tour guide of travel company where she learned many things about wilderness. “Let’s pack our bags and explore the world!“