A Gear Checklist for Winter Day Hikes

It is useful to have a checklist available for review before venturing out on a winter camping trip or day hike.

Tjamrog posted a straight forward list appropriate for day hiking to include:

  • Trekking poles or ski poles
  • Day pack
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Insulating bottle holders
  • Headlamp
  • knife
  • Waterproof matches
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter (space blanket)
  • Chemical hand and foot warmers
  • Cell phone
  • Extra Food
  • Thermos of hot cider, cocoa, coffee
  • Clothing
  • winter hat
  • Neoprene face mask/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Lightweight long underwear top
  • Midweight long underwear top
  • Waterproof/breathable shell
  • Insulating gloves or mittens
  • Lightweight long r
  • Waterproof/breathable pants
  • Liner socks
  • Wool socks (wear one and bring
an extra pair)
  • Gaiters
  • Boots

The value of a checklist is that it provides a starting point for gear assembly.  You can review it to ensure you didn’t forget something important.  You don’t necessarily have to agree with every item and/or you may substitute items or tailor the list, but it helps ensure you don’t leave without wearing your pants (or something else equally important).

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