Snowshoeing Kit List

snowshoeing Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years. And, obviously, the art of snowshoeing has become more sophisticated over time – now it’s considered a winter sport (the fastest growing one). Keep in mind that dressing for outdoor activities is much different than dressing for home. When you are recreating outdoors your clothes should allow you to move freely and comfortably.

Below, you’ll find out a tentative checklist to help you preparing your equipment for the following snowshoeing tour. Read it and prepare your stuff properly, to avoid the specific problems of the cold season and to enjoy your tour.


  • Outerwear
    • waterproof/breathable jacket
    • waterproof/breathable pants
    • insulated parka
    • fleece jacket or wool sweater
    • waterproof gaiters
    • synthetic or soft-shell hiking pants
    • fleece pants
  • Base Layer
    • expedition-weight long john bottoms
    • expedition-weight long john top
    • mid-weight long john top
    • mid-weight long john bottoms
    • long sleeve T-shirt
    • synthetic briefs
    • synthetic sports bra
  • Accessories
    • wool or fleece hat
    • balaclava
    • mid-weight wool or fleece gloves
    • heavyweight wool or fleece mittens
    • synthetic liner gloves
    • waterproof over-mitts
  • Footwear
    • waterproof hiking boots
    • wool or synthetic socks
    • liner socks
  • Extras
    • sun hat
    • bandanna


  • Snowshoeing Specific Gear
    • backcountry snowshoes
    • ski poles or trekking poles with wide snow baskets
  • Other Gear
    • 25-35l backpack
    • headlamp w/extra batteries and bulb
    • 32 oz. water bottles (2)
    • water bottle parkas (2) – optional but recommended
    • pocket knife or multitool
    • compass or GPS (and map) – optional
    • sunglasses
    • first-aid kit with personal medications
    • personal locator beacon (optional)
    • chemical heat packs
    • stuff sacks
    • assorted zipper-lock bags
    • sunscreen (SPF 15+)
    • lip balm (SPF 15+)


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