Winter Backpacking Tips

Backpacking and mountaineering in winter is a great sport. Backpacking is basically an unplanned trip. Even with a little preparation you might also be surprised at how comfortable it can be. In the winters, you must be prepared for more severe weather and shorter daylight hours. So before you leave home, have a plan. Here’s a look at how to get started.


The simple rule of winter camping is to stay dry and warm. You should choose clothes that dry quickly, insulate and are waterproof. You should always hike in wet clothes if the weather is cold or rainy. The reason behind this is that if you do not wear wet clothes while hiking, your dry clothes will soon turn into wet ones. You should dry your damp clothes and ring them out if they are too wet. You should avoid cotton because cotton clothes don’t provide much warmth and they do not retain moisture.

  • Heavy Winter Coats:  You will need a heavy coat for extreme cold temperatures because you will spend most of the time outdoors.
  • Socks: You should look for socks that are made of wool. Socks should be moisture wicking, quick drying and odor eliminating.
  • Hat: During winters, a good hat is crucial because most of your body heat is lost through your head.
  • Gloves: You should have a nice pair of gloves that will keep your hands warm on a chilly day.
  • Scarf: Scarf will really help you to keep warm.
  • Goggles & Glasses: Do carry googles. They always protect your eyes from sun and wind.
  • Waterproof Shoes/Boots: You might want to consider getting a pair of waterproof boots or shoes. Boots are the best in deep snow streets. Boots should be waterproof and insulating.


You should use water resistant down bags. Winter sleeping bags also have draft tubes behind the zippers, draft collars above the shoulders and hoods to help keep the heat in the bag. The most important element of your sleep system is a warm sleeping pad.


Make sure your headlamp and flashlight batteries are new or fully charged. Cold temperatures decrease battery life. So, you should store your batteries and battery operated devices inside your sleeping bag to keep them warm.


Be sure to eat before, during and after your activity to keep your energy up and help your body to recover. Taking proteins, fats and carbohydrates will provide energy to you. Avoid alcohol because it increases blood flow and cools your core temperature. Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. The reason behind this is that we can get dehydrated even when the temperature is low.

So, you see backpacking trip is very adventurous and very enjoyable trip. If you will follow the tips discussed above, you will definitely have a safe and memorable enjoyable trip.



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