What To Carry In Your Backpack For Trekking In Winter?

“Going well prepared To the mountains will increase The chances of success.”

Preparing a backpack correctly is not always easy. Depending on the type of trekking, the duration of the trek and the season in which we are going to do it, we must prepare the backpack in one way or another.

In winter the atmosphere is unpredictable and at a certain altitude the mountains are covered with snow. Hiking in this season, therefore, can be dangerous if you are not well prepared: the risk of slipping increases, temperatures can be extreme or change drastically from one moment to another… So, before a winter activity, preparation is, if possible, more important than ever.

Mountain Backpack Aitxuri 30L

Something important when trekking is to have a good backpack and adapt its volume to the activity we are going to do. We must carry everything we need but without going overweight, to ensure that we enjoy one hundred percent of the route. A very good option is the 30L of our Aitxuri, a perfect size in a very comfortable and well prepared backpack for winter sports.

The Aitxuri backpack itself has elements that provide us with some security:

  • Whistle: This is a very useful element in dangerous situations, it can mark our situation or a direction. In our Aitxuri the whistle is incorporated into the buckle of the chest strap.
  • Reflective elements: They give a plus of security by marking our position in front of a light source, such as a car, and in case of emergency we can be located more quickly.
  • External fixation elements: The Aitxuri has an ice axe and pole holder and two adjustable compression straps on both sides for snowshoes or skis. In addition, shovel, probe and other snow tools can be attached.
  • Rain cover: This backpack comes equipped with a rain cover, important in case of adverse situations in the mountains.

Indispensable items on a winter outing.

In a winter outing we must mark as indispensable a series of elements:

  • Water: We should never go out without water, hydration in any type of sport is essential. The way of transporting it can be adapted to the taste of each one: in a bottle or in a hydration bag attached to the backpack.
  • Food: If the trekking is going to last several hours, it is essential to carry food. Dried fruits and nuts are light foods, do not take up much space and concentrate a large amount of minerals, proteins and nutrients, an important contribution against physical wear. Dehydrated foods such as raisins are also good for trekking, since they offer an important energy contribution during the activity.
  • Light first aid kit: It is not necessary to carry a large first aid kit, but essential items such as plasters, bandages, anti-inflammatory drugs, and something for wounds, such as iodine.
  • Survival blanket: They take up little space and weigh practically nothing; thermal blankets can help save your life or soften an unforeseen night outdoors.
  • Rope: It is always advisable to carry a few meters of multipurpose rope, such as paracord.
  • Trekking poles: The trekking poles have become an essential in the outings to nature and the mountains. With them we will have greater stability and support in any type of terrain.
  • Ice axe: An important element. It is used for self-stopping in case of a fall on a snowy or icy slope, and also as a support point, as a walking stick.
  • Frontal: A good option may be the CF4 headlamp, perfect for hiking; it is light, resistant and has a high level of waterproofing (IPX 6). For emergency situations or to maintain night vision, it includes a red light with three modes (steady, flashing and SOS).
  • Waterproof, watertight or zip bag: Carrying a waterproof bag inside our backpack is always good. They come in different capacities, are light and allow us to keep things dry, such as cell phones, documents, cameras, and even clothes. A good example of this are the Ultra Light Dry Sack, of 4, 8, 12, 20 and 35 liters.
  • Razor: The pocket knife is an element that can help us in many situations: from preparing a sandwich to cutting a rope in an emergency situation.
  • Waterproof clothing: Mountain conditions are unpredictable, so a good waterproof garment will always be helpful in the event of unexpected rain.
  • Thermal clothing: In winter it is advisable to carry a light thermal garment in your backpack to combat the cold in emergency situations, or even in case you need extra warmth.
  • Hat, gloves and neck warmer: Normally these items are worn during trekking, but if not, they should never be missing in a winter trekking and should be in the backpack. These are items of clothing that provide warmth in the harsh winter conditions.
  • Map (and compass) – gps: It is advisable to always carry a map of the area we are going to visit. GPS are also useful instruments, much more precise and powerful, although the map and compass are still the basic elements of orientation in natural environments because a) they give a better overview and b) they do not run out of battery.
  • Cell phone: Fundamental in case of emergency. It is important to always go out with it charged.
  • Documentation: We must always be documented because in case of an emergency we must be able to identify ourselves.
  • Garbage bag: Important whenever we go out to enjoy nature to be able to leave it as it was. We should always bring with us all the garbage we generate.
  • Sunscreen: We must protect ourselves from the high exposure to the sun. With snow, the solar radiation to which we are exposed is double: the sun’s rays and the reflection of the snow.
  • Sunglasses: In the mountains, even when the sky is overcast, the sun is always a risk for the eyes, and even more so if there is snow. Goggles help protect them.
  • Camera: Whether you love nature or photography, the camera is an element that can never be missing in a winter trekking.