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Everything You Need to Know for Cold-weather Camping

  • January 13, 2021 8:38 AM GMT
    If you have a decent budget then you will need to figure out what you will need for the best travel package. Obviously, you will need to pack all of your clothing and equipment that you will need for the duration of your camping holiday. You can easily figure out your entire camping trip's expenses by simply figuring out how many days you are planning on being out of town and how many miles you expect to cover.

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    February 11, 2021 9:05 PM GMT
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    This checklist is optimized for winter trips in mountain environments where high/low temperatures will range from 20°F to -30°F. Adjust for the conditions you’ll face–insulated pants and goggles might not be necessary, for instance, for a November trip in the Smokies.


    waterproof/breathable jacket

    waterproof/breathable pants

    synthetic or softshell hiking pants

    insulated parka or down jacket

    insulated pants

    waterproof gaiters


    expedition-weight long john bottoms

    expedition-weight long john top

    midweight long john top

    midweight long john bottoms

    long sleeve T-shirt

    synthetic briefs

    synthetic sports bra


    wool or fleece hat


    synthetic liner gloves

    midweight insulated ski gloves (2)

    heavyweight down mittens

    waterproof overmitts

    sun hat or visor



    insulated camp booties

    waterproof hiking or snowshoeing boots (insulated is best)

    wool or synthetic socks (one pair for every day or two, plus an extra pair for sleeping only)

    liner socks (2)


    internal or external frame backpack

    convertible or four-season tent

    sleeping bag

    (-30° to 0°F)

    inflatable sleeping pad

    closed-cell foam sleeping pad

    collapsible snow shovel

    trekking poles

    white-gas stove and fuel bottles

    lighter and waterproof matches


    eating utensils, bowl, and insulated mug

    headlamp w/extra batteries and bulb

    32-oz. water bottles (2)
    water bottle

    parkas (2)

    vacuum-insulated bottle for hot drinks

    pocketknife or multitool

    compass or GPS (and map)



    first-aid kit with personal medications

    chemical heat packs

    assorted zipper-lock bags


    (SPF 45+)

    lip balm
    (SPF 15+)

    toilet paper


    towing sled or toboggan

    metal tray or lid for firebuilding

    avalanche beacon and probe

    ice axe