Be carrying these things! Snow/Winter Day Hike Packing List

After taking advice from some readers, I put together some much needed items for my next winter day hikes. With four feet of snow and more coming, It’s serious business out there, especially on trails that have not been packed down. Thanks to Bruce Bicknell, Blaine Curtis, Andre LeBlond, Rick Fowles, Craig Macintosh, Eric Olds, and Jason Buck for contributing useful suggestions.

What's in my winter day pack
What’s in my winter day pack

Snow/Winter Day Packing Checklist

Clothing
( wearing and in pack)
Golite light wind jacket
Patagonia Puffball insulated pullover
Frostline down vest
Patagonia midweight wool hoodie
wool hat
boiled wool mittens
Gaiters
Softshell hiking pants
silk tights
balaclava
midweight gloves
synthetic liner gloves
spare wool socks

Pack:  
ULA Catalyst

Food, including electrolytes

Gear:
insulated sit pad
SOL Escape Bivy Sack
bandanna
trekking poles
3 fire sources: lighter, waterproof matches, magnesium striker
Mora knife in sheath w/ lanyard
headlamp w/extra batteries and bulb
32 oz. water bottle with insulated cover
compass with neck lanyard
Maine Yearly Parks Pass
eTrex 30 GPS  with fresh/spare batteries
map
sunglasses with retainers ( Chums, etc.)
first-aid kit
chemical heat packs
stuff sacks
assorted zipper-lock bags
sunscreen (SPF 15+)
lip balm (SPF 15+)
toilet paper
loud whistle
extra reading glasses
magnesium/ potassium tablets in case of cramping
iPhone, Lightning/USB cable, Anker external battery

Total weight:  9 pounds (without food or water).

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