Personal Camping List (Winter)


The key to winter camping is to stay dry and warm. Dress in layers to you can control the amount of insulation you need. The more thickness, the better the insulation. Most body heat is lost through the head and feet, so pay particular attention to these area (wear a hat when you go to sleep). Put your extra clothes into plastic bags (1 and 2 gal. freezer bags work well). Here is a basic list of clothing and supplies you will need:

  • Wool or wool blend socks (4 pair)
  • Wool pants *
  • Snow pants
  • Sleeping bag rated at 0┬░ for winter(2 lighter bags can be put together)
  • Wool or polypropylene shirt, sweater *
  • ThermaRest┬« or foam pad
  • Polarfleece liner for sleeping bag
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Tent in good condition(no rips, has rain fly, zippers all work)
  • Ground cloth (must fit under entire tent)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Heavy winter jacket (ski coat, parka)
  • Compass and map of area if available
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Personal Survival Kit
  • Snow boots
  • Extra pair of boots (no sneakers)
  • Winter gloves (3 pair)
  • Polypropylene socks(thin to be worn under wool socks)
  • Stocking cap (2)(covers ears)
  • Long underwear *
  • Matches, lighter and other fire starters
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle, quart size (2) with wide mouth and screw-top lid
  • Snacks (high calorie)
  • Day pack (to carry extra clothes and supplies)
  • Extra clothes *
  • Paper and pencil
  • Watch
  • First Aid Kit

* Wool and polypropylene work best in the winter. Cotton should be avoided because when it gets wet, it STAYS wet. The key to to stay DRY and WARM!!