Boy Scout Troop 157
Weston, Massachusetts

Outings and Gear

Winter Snowshoe Trip Packing List

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You absolutely must have everything on this list (except items marked optional), or you cannot go on the trip. There are no exceptions without speaking to the trip leader.


  • Warm Boots(preferably insulated with felt liners with extra felt insole for double felt at bottom; boots should have waterproof bottom and breathable top)
  • Wool or fleece shirts (at least two, preferably three, that can be worn in layers; do not bring cotton shirts, if you want a T shirt, get a polyester one if you can, as they dry out so much faster; cotton will get wet from your sweat and never dry out)
  • Wool pants or insulated snow pants (two pair; do not bring cotton pants; cotton will get wet from your sweat and never dry out)
  • Long poly or wool underwear, top and bottom (at least one pair that you wear the whole trip, preferably a second pair)
  • Wool or other warm socks (at least two pair)
  • Warm Parka that fits over layered clothing
  • Rain jacket & pants (that fit over parka; it can rain in the winter!)
  • Wool stocking cap
  • Warm mittens(two pair)
  • Wool or fleece covering for face (scarf, neck warmer, or balaclava)
  • Ski goggles (optional, but a good idea in case there is blowing snow)
  • Undershorts & undershirts (your choice on whether, and what number; these can be cotton)


  • Duffel Bag (into which all your gear, including sleeping bag and pad, fit; internal frame pack will work, but not external frame)
  • Winter sleeping bag in stuff sack (bag needs to be rated at least 0F, preferably -15F; if you only have the typical three-season 20F bag, then you will need to either borrow a winter bag or put two 20F bags together, one inside the other, e.g., a mummy 20F inside a barrel/rectangular 20F, or two mummy 20F with one left unzipped and arranged over the top of the other bag; it could easily get down to -10F at night, and so you need a warm winter bag)
  • Full length foam sleeping pad (full length is necessary as you are relying on it for insulation from the snow, unless you are very short and completely fit on a 2/3rd model)
  • Headlamp (spare batteries)
  • Water Bottles (two 1 liter bottles, wide mouthed to avoid freeze up; good idea to bring a wool sock to hold bottle as insulation)
  • Eating bowl, drinking cup, spoon & fork (not actually needed on the January 2003 trip, as leaders will provide)
  • Personal first aid kit (e.g., in zip lock bag) containing: moleskin, duct tape, bandaids, ibuprofen or other pain relieving pills, sunscreen (optional), chapstick (optional)
  • Emergency gear kit (e.g., in zip lock bag) containing: (25 ft. of 1/8 to 3/16"), matches in waterproof container, pocket knife, compass, whistle, paper, pencil, garbage bags (2), one large enough to cover your duffel bag
  • Toilet Articles (your choice)
  • Map of area (to be supplied)
  • Sunglasses (optional, but a good idea if there if bright sun)