10 Essentials of Winter Hiking and Camping

Anytime you head out for an outdoor adventure it's important to be prepared for changing weather conditions and the possibility that something could go wrong. The best way to be prepared in the outdoors is to carry the ten essentials of hiking and camping on every trip. In winter conditions, the need for these items can be even more important. Click the video or keep reading to learn about the 10 essentials of winter hiking or camping.

The Ten Essentials of Hiking and Winter Camping


  1. Map and Compass - and the knowledge of how to use them.
  2. Shelter - A tent, tarp or other form of shelter.
  3. Sun protection - sunscreen, sunglasses and or a hat.
  4. Extra Layers - for changing weather conditions.
  5. Light - flashlights, headlamp and batteries.
  6. First Aid Kit - with all the essentials to care for common accidents and ailments.
  7. Water Purification - a filter, tablets, SteriPEN or the ability to boil water.
  8. Fire Starter - a lighter, strike stick and something to light.
  9. Knife or Multi-tool - for a variety of uses.
  10. Food - bring plenty of food and snacks to sustain you through a night or many more hours in the outdoors.

10 essentials of winter camping

The above Ten Essentials of Hiking apply to your adventures year-round but obviously you'll want to be aware of the current weather and the surroundings that you'll be in. During the winter you'll want to be sure and bring enough extra layers to keep you warm through the night, a reliable fire starter and extra fuel for melting snow.

We've got a lot more winter camping and adventuring tips. Follow these links for more great outdoor tips:

Planning for Winter Camping
How to select a winter camping site
A winter camping adventure in Wyoming's Snowy Range
What I learned from winter camping
5 Tips for Winter Camping

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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