How to Prepare for a Snow Trip
Preparing for a winter trip is similar to that of preparing for a summer holiday, but the difference is that you will need a lot more gear, food and equipment for a winter getaway.
If you love the cold and the beauty of snowy wilderness then you can have the perfect trip through some extra preparation. Here are few tips that will make your winter holiday the best.
Planning your Winter Trip
You should have a written plan of the route that you plan to take that also includes where you will spend each night. You should allocate extra time for trekking through snow, the shorter winter days and the exertion of winter hiking.
You will need to make a detailed list of how much food you will need as well as the kinds of foods that you need. Also include water and fuel that you will need for each day of the trip and then pack accordingly. It’s always a good idea bring a few extra rations just in case.
You need to pay attention to the weather forecasts for the areas that you are going to. If there is a chance of severe weather then its best to postpone the trip for another time. It’s a good idea to pack a portable battery operated or hand cranked weather radio so that you are able to stay on top of the latest weather conditions.
What to Take
If you plan on camping then you need a tent that is wind resistant, but is also less than 3 lbs., is either frame or dome shaped and also has a snow shedding fly.
The lightest and warmest sleeping bags are down sleeping bags. You need to get a sleeping bag that is rated for cold weather.
As you will need to cook on your winter holiday especially for camping then you will need a gasoline fuelled and lightweight stove that has a mini pump. It is a good idea to have an extra gasoline in an aluminium container.
You should have high energy and calorie packed foods that contain 40 percent protein, 40 percent fat and 20 percent carbohydrates. The food needs to be easy to prepare and will not spoil by freezing. Dehydrated foods like dried fruits are great snacks whilst hiking in the snow. Sardines, crackers, cheese, instant potatoes and rice, canned tuna, soup mix, dehydrated eggs and cereal are other ideas.
You need plenty of layers for winter hiking including long johns, undershirts and thermal sweaters and socks. You can keep your feet warmer with two pairs of thin socks. You should wear wool shirts and pants and a stocking style hat or balaclava. Your parka will need to cover your hips as well as have a hood and a wind proof face mask. Two piece mittens that are lined with wool and have an outer nylon shell.
Double boots are high top boots that has an inner liner made of felt are the best boots for winter hiking. If you are planning on going off trial with your hikes then you need snow shoes.
You will also need a lighter, matches or other fire starters.
Everything should be kept in a water resistant or water proof container.