• Sleeping bag - warm (if you don't have a warm one, you can add a warm liner such as a fleece sleeping bag - $10 at Walmart, $13 at Dick's)
  • 2 Ground pads
  • Old blanket - to put under sleeping bag as an insulating pad (optional)
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Waterproof stuff bag for sleeping bag



The key to cold weather camping is to stay warm and dry. Bring both light and heavy weight clothing in order to "layer" if the weather is cold.

  • Uniform
  • Underwear (for each day). Not cotton.
  • Socks - a pair of light weight socks next to your feet will pull the moisture away and keep your feet warmer
  • Socks - heavy (wool is best - they will be warmer, even if wet)
  • Layer next to your ski (bottom and top) should be wicking material (NOT COTTON!)
  • Long pants or snow pants if REALLY cold
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Warm sweater or fleece
  • Warm coat or jacket - suitable for camping environment
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves or mitts. Mitts with a glove liner is great if really cold.
  • Winter boots
  • Rain gear (if rain or sleet a possibility)
  • For sleeping, DO NOT wear what you wore during the day. Next day's clothes ok. Wear dry socks and hat.



  • Boy Scout Handbook (in a plastic, ziplock bag)
  • Water bottle or Canteen
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Back pack or duffel bag for personal gear
  • Personal care kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, fast dry towel, comb)
  • Mess Kit (cup, plate or bowl, utensils)



  • Compass, sunscreen



Because of the snow and clothes can become wet on the floor of a cabin or tent. You can assure dry clothes each day if you pack your clothes in large ziplock bags. If you can stay dry you will stay warm and enjoy the Winter camping a whole lot better.