Our favourite winter backcountry tips

Going on a winter adventure sounds very exciting as you get to experience the pristine and soft beauty of the snowy outdoors. But it can be a quite daunting experience if you are not prepared for the challenges that low temperatures bring. We decided to share with you some of our favourite tips and tricks to help make your backcountry hike or campout a success.



Setting up your tent

Look to set up your tent in an area sheltered from the wind and exposed to sunlight in order to keep warm. Once you pick your spot, building a wall around the tent will help you stay warm by blocking out the wind. We also recommend that you dig down a couple feet from the vestibule to create some storage space for your gear.   


Food and drink must haves


We cannot emphasize enough on how important nutrition is while in the backcountry, as it keeps you energized for your hikes. Choose meals that require minimal prep and clean up, compact to carry, and provide warmth and nourishment. Check out our dehydrated meals at Backcountry Wok to find some delicious and satisfying meals. Read our blog on meal ideas  for some inspiration too!


It is also important to stay hydrated. You can even melt snow over a stove to get access to drinking water. Keep sipping on hot drinks such as soup or hot chocolate to keep warm.


Gear essentials


Invest or borrow gear that is warm and suitable for the winter! Make sure to size up on a larger backpack to fit your winter clothing and layers.   


We love using two sleeping pads to keep your body insulated while sleeping on snow. Pro tip: look out for a sleeping pad with an R value (or insulation indicator) of higher than 4.   

Also important to note is that your gas canisters will be running less efficiently because of lower pressure in cold temperatures but using isobutene/propane fuel versus butane and keeping the canister in water will help maximize the fuel you have on hand.


How to dress


Layers, layers, layers. We suggest that you wear three layers so you can easily remove or add as needed on the trails: a base layer that is right against your skin, a middle layer that can be a synthetic jacket and an outer layer which should be a waterproof jacket. Lastly, invest in mountaineering boots and gaiters to keep your feet warm in the snow too.



We hope these tips will be useful on your upcoming winter expedition in the backcountry. What’s your favourite winter camping hack? Let us know in the comments section below.



Ruya Rangara

Marketing @ Backcountry Wok

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