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Snowshoeing checklist

Snowshoeing is an easy way to get outside and enjoy nature in winter. Even if you’re heading on a short trip, it’s important to pack some key items. The weather changes quickly in the winter and you should be prepared in case you’re out longer than you planned for. Use the checklist below to plan your snowshoeing trip.

Pre-trip prep


Clothing and footwear

10 essentials + 1

  1. Navigation
  1. Sun protection
  1. Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Warm jacket, gloves, hat – see clothing section of this list for what to bring
  1. Illumination
  1. First-aid supplies
  1. Fire starter
  1. Repair kit and tools
  1. Nutrition
  1. Hydration
  1. Emergency shelter
  1. Communication device

Avalanche safety gear

Check the avalanche forecast for the area before you head out, and make sure you know how to use the gear you bring. Learn about avalanche safety gear and training.

Optional extras

  • Insulated bum pad
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Dry clothes and extra snacks left in the car to enjoy afterwards
  • Crazy carpet