Winter Backpacking Gear List for Beginners

I traveled through the Utah desert last winter and spent a lot of time thinking about what to wear during my backpacking. I knew I needed layers of clothing, a coat, and a hat.

I also knew I’d want to wear a scarf, a beanie, and socks. I also knew I’d need boots and socks to keep my feet warm. I also knew I’d need gloves and a hat to keep my hands warm. As a result of all of this, I stayed warm and comfortable for much longer than I had anticipated.

In this article, I’ll share my personal winter backpacking gear list. I’ll recommend products that I’ve purchased or intend to consider buying for me and my wife. As a result, this article will go over a winter hiking checklist for both men and women.

Winter Backpacking Gear List: Keep Your Body Warm

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When hiking in the winter, it’s important to bring warm clothes, but it’s also important to bring comfortable clothes. Winter hiking clothing is primarily made of synthetic materials that are designed to keep you warm.

As a result, they are typically much heavier than your regular summer hiking attire. As a result, it’s essential to pack clothes that are lightweight while still providing adequate warmth.

During this year’s winter hiking, I’d like to wear a lightweight waterproof hooded windbreaker from MOERDENG. I used this same winter hiking jacket a couple of years ago and it was extremely comfortable and warm.

Also, this year, I’d like to purchase a DLGJPA Women’s Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket for my wife. I did some research and discovered that this waterproof snow coat for women is heavy duty yet lightweight, and it has received very positive feedback from other users.

Keep Your Legs Warm:

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When planning a winter backpacking trip, or any backpacking trip, one of the first things a potential backpacker should consider is the appropriate pant.

Most hiking pants include an insulation layer as well as a layer of waterproof, breathable fabric to keep you warm even when it’s cold outside.

Keep your feet warm

Winter hiking wear checklist

Winter is a time when most people build fires, prepare for snowstorms, and bundle up to brave the elements. Not so for backpackers, who prefer to enjoy the great outdoors the way they’ve always done it—without the hassle of snow or rain.

Warm, dry feet are an essential part of any good backpacking trip, and the solution is simple: all you need is a good pair of hiking boots and some quality socks.

Recommended Winter Hiking Boot:

Recommended Winter Hiking Socks:

What to wear on your head

winter backpacking checklist

When hiking in the winter, it is critical to keep your head warm. This is especially important if you intend to transport heavy loads over long distances, as the extra weight will make you feel colder.

During my winter backpacking trips, I prefer to wear a fleece hat or hiking beanie. You can add an extra layer of protection by wearing or carrying a balaclava.

Some of my fellow hikers also wear sun hat and bandanas. I believe you should think about it as well.

Stay dry and sleep tight

A good night’s sleep after a long and cold night is like a tonic that charges you up. You must also consider your safety, security, and ability to stay dry. The following equipment and accessories will be most useful during winter or snow hiking.

Checklist for Night:

Innerwear Checklist:

Winter hiking necessitates the use of innerwear. Your inner wear, such as underwear or a bra, must be comfortable to wear and free of itching. Itching is a major issue that hikers face while on the trail.

Some hikers even get the worst type of rash simply because they wear the incorrect inner wear. Before making a purchase decision, read Rei’s guide to buying hiking underwear.

For any hiking trip, I prefer to wear comfortable boxer briefs. And for her comfort, my wife always opts for a synthetic sports bra.

Additional Snow Gear Packing Checklist

  • Waterproof Leg Gaiters
  • Insulated Parka
  • Fleece pants
  • Knit Thermal Underwear Top
  • Long sleeve T-shirt
  • Trekking poles
  • Camping Knife
  • Gas Stove and Fuel
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Pee bottle
  • GPS

In summary, look for fabrics that are windproof to protect against wind chill and water-resistant to protect against rain. If you have the money, invest in a synthetic insulation layer for your top to keep you dry.

Add a pair of merino wool socks to protect your feet from the elements. Attach gaiters to your boots to protect your feet.

Finally, don’t forget to bring any necessary warmers to keep your extremities warm. So, if you’ve gone through the above-mentioned winter backpacking gear list, I hope it’s made your life easier.

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