Basic equipment for hiking in winter

The drop in temperatures seems to have arrived and the first snow the mountains and roads begin to turn white. If you are one of those people who like to go out to walk in natureYou know that you will have to prepare in a special way for hiking in winter, especially if at some point you are going to travel through places where there is snow.

Next, we are going to review the most appropriate equipment with which we must equip ourselves for these walks, whose objective will be none other than to make this activity pleasant and satisfactory and that it does not end up becoming hell for not having taken the appropriate measures.

Snowshoeing as an alternative to skiing (Bigstock)

Basic equipment for hiking in winter

Without going into evaluating more specialized options or what the most seasoned walkers should wear, let’s see the basic equipment:


Obviously, the best thing to do when the cold rages is to bundle up in such a way that we don’t have the feeling that we are losing a lot of temperature. Before leaving, find out about the weather What are you going to do, because 5 degrees with clouds are not the same as with sun. Also, do not opt ​​for excessively warm clothes that cause you too much heat and that you cannot take off because you do not have more layers. In fact, it is best that you wear three hats to cope with these changes in temperature. You may start your journey with a few degrees and cloudy skies and after a couple of hours the temperatures have risen and the sun causes a higher thermal sensation. Therefore, it is best if you take:

  • On your upper body, wear a thermal shirt save your body heat. On it, a good option will be a fleece, a wool sweater or a sweatshirt, so that if you have to take off your coat, they continue to warm you up. Finally, wear a jacket (its ability to heat will depend on the needs you have) waterproof. If you are traveling through an area where it can rain (a lot), take a layer of rain in the backpack, so you will not feel humidity.
  • At the bottom, if the temperatures are not going to be very low, take a good mountain pants make it waterproof. If you have one that is not and you are going to a snow area, don’t forget the leggings, as they will prevent both pants and socks from getting wet, with the health hazard that this entails. Of course, in case the thermometer drops a lot, choose to carry some tights or thermal pants under the mountain pants.
  • In head and hands you will also have to keep warm. Do not forget it because it is essential. Always carry gloves that protect you from the cold and if you are going to “play” with the snow, try to make them waterproof. Otherwise, ones that have a lining will always be a better option. For the head, a hat will be perfect to maintain body heat. In addition, if the sun shines, it will also protect you from the sun king.


Our footwear is always an essential element when it comes to hiking, but in winter and on snow, it is much more. Therefore, you have to take into account that it is comfortable, flexible enough enough to cover any terrain and, of course, waterproof. So, choose boots that perfectly fit your way of walking. When choosing, you will see that there are several options (totally waterproof, that withstand higher or lower temperatures, exclusively for snow …), but if you are going to hike through a place where you will only occasionally step on a snowy area, with some that protect your feet from cold and humidity It will be enough.

5. Choose the right footwear

As for the socks, do not put on the first ones you find, but opt ​​for ones that are not too wide or short, as the walk can become an ordeal. In addition, take a spare to the backpack, since you never know if in a small mishap your foot ends up soaked.

Obviously, if you are going to do an excursion solely for snow, you will have to use rackets prepared for these journeys. In that case, as we have pointed out, do not forget the leggings.

Do not forget…

Apart from these recommendations on how you should dress when you go hiking in winter in an area where there is snow, do not forget wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen. Also, choose a backpack with which you are comfortable walking and that fits your abilities. In it, in addition to the rain coat if necessary or the spare socks, it includes water to hydrate during the tour and some snacks.

Material to start hiking (bigstock)

Apart from the backpack, it will come in handy to carry one or two sticks to help you in your transit. If they are foldable, all the better, because you will transport them more comfortably when you don’t want to use them.

As final recommendations, when you go to undertake a walk, remember that it is always better go in company, have a tool to help you orient yourself (in the snow it is easy to get lost) and take into account your real physical abilities.