Packing for a Winter Hike

by Source For Sports Winter Sports What you need to pack and gear up to stay safe for your winter hike.

What's in your bag?

Start with a waterproof pack. Our winters can go from a clear sunny day to furious flurries in the blink of an eye. This will ensure that everything inside your pack stays dry, no matter what mother nature throws your way.

When packing, start with the basics like water, a high-energy snack, a first aid kit and a whistle.  During the winter months, it's always a good idea to pack an extra pair of socks, hat and mitts along with an insulated blanket and firestarter in case of an emergency.

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Gear up

Base layers are key for winter hikes. As you hike, your body temperature rises, and you start to sweat. A wool or synthetic material that pulls and wicks moisture away from your body helps keep you comfortable, dry, and warmer.

When choosing your outer layers, consider insulating materials like fleece, down or some sort of synthetic material for your jacket and pants that are waterproof or water-resistant.

Most brands have a temperature rating on their winter footwear. Make sure that your boots are rated for the conditions and the coldest temperature in your area. You'll also want something waterproof or water-resistant that will keep your feet dry and comfortable.

But before you go

Before heading out for any outdoor adventure, make sure that someone knows your plans including, where you're headed, your route, and what time you think you will be back. Make sure that you have a map or guide of the trails and that you are familiar with the area and stay on the marked paths.

If you're heading into the backcountry or plan on hiking for more than just the morning or afternoon, you'll need additional items. Talk to our experts at your local Source for Sports store to make sure you have everything you need for a fun and safe hike this winter. 

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