There is nothing like breathing in the crisp, cool air in the warmth of making memories with those you love. Hiking in the cooler weather can also bring many challenges, and today I want to share with you my top eleven hacks for hiking in the winter season.
Did you know that a snow hike can be very hard on your eyes??? Sun is reflected on the snow, so make sure you bring sunglasses.
Wearing too many pairs of socks can restrict your blood flow, causing cold feet. Likewise, it is important to make sure you don’t tie your boots too tight.
Tip credited to one of our followers, Lisa W. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this great idea!
"Thermacare patches (yeah the kind you use for hurt backs) generate 8-12 hours of good core heat and are extremely lightweight - wrap one across your chest and split one 1/2 in each of your boots if you find yourself in the unexpected night out."
When your hike is over, you will be so glad you came prepared with a nice, warm drink waiting for you at the car. I don’t know about you, but there is something so satisfying to me about a nice, warm drink after a tough hike. Pack a hot drink in a thermos to ensure it’s warm when your hike is over.
Make sure to bring an insulated water bottle, and keep it upside down. A typical water bottle could freeze, or even burst, in freezing temperatures, so carry an insulated water bottle while hiking in the winter. Water freezes from the top down, so when hiking in the near (and below) freezing temperatures, you will want to ensure you always have water to drink.
Winter weather can bring about some icy hiking conditions. Use caution and stay safe on the trails by studding your hiking boots. Did you know you can make your own ice cleats out of your own pair of winter hiking boots??? All you need is a power drill and hex-head sheet metal screws. If you place the screws on the treads, not between them, you’ll have extra grip when walking.
It’s always a good idea to carry a first aid kit with you on the trails, and a waterproof container is a great choice because you don't want to get your first aid items wet. Get the perfect size to pack all your essential items for a first aid kit, like band aids, antiseptic towelettes, gauze rolls, and a few aspirin. This will keep everything dry and in one place.
Lithium batteries generally perform better in freezing conditions, so use lithium batteries instead of alkaline.
Bring duct tape. Did you know that there are 15+ uses for duct tape in the great outdoors? With duct tape, you can add extra insulation in your boots, splint a leg, reseal food containers, and even make a hammock! It’s amazing all the brilliant things one can create with duct tape!
There is nothing worse than having wet clothes on a cold winter hike, or putting said wet clothes in your backpack only to find a foul smell later on when you unpack from your trip. Avoid uncomfortable and smelly wet clothes by bringing binder clips. This way, you can hang your wet clothes off of your backpack.
Also remember to include these 12 Essential Items you Need to Enjoy Hiking in Winter.Now we want to hear from our hiking community.
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