Gear list for winter camping and ski touring

This is a list of equipment based on what I brought with me for a week of ski touring in northern Norway. We were six people in total so some of this equipment was shared by the group. It should in no way be considered a complete list as your needs will vary depending on your objectives. Some items are repeated in this list as they are essential in several of the categories below. Feel free to comment if you feel I missed anything essential.

Skiing gear

  • Skis
  • Poles
  • Skins
  • Helmet
  • Strap for skis
  • Ski boots
  • Pulk (we used DIY plastic pulks for our norway trip but there are many other options out there.)
  • Ski crampons
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Probe
  • Shovel
  • Backpack (daypack)


  • Compass
  • Map
  • Altimeter
  • Watch (or other time piece)
  • GPS
  • Guidebook (if one exists for your designated area, it could be a good idea to make photocopies of relevant pages)

General winter outdoor gear

  • Head-torch
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Shovel
  • Multitool
  • Duct tape (to repair stuff)
  • Athletic tape (good for preventing blisters)

Safety gear

  • Emergency blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Cellphone
  • Satphone (consider it for very isolated places)

Camping gear

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner (I use this to keep my sleeping bag nice and clean)
  • Sleeping mat (I’ve previously used one foam and one inflateable mat together, but for my last trip I used only my new Exped synmat UL9. When choosing a sleeping mat I guess it’s about weighing the the comfort and light weight of an inflatable mat against the risk and consequence of a punctured one).
  • Tent (I have a Hilleberg Nammatj 3 which is one of the best four season tents out there, definitely worth its high price.)
  • Snow stakes (I just learned that a much cheaper option is using 20-30 cm pieces of wood to stake the tent)


Two Hilleberg tents and a Fjällräven tent in a snowstorm. Nammatj 3, Nammatj 3 GT and Akka (Right to Left).


MSR Snow stakes

Personal Hygiene

  • Towel
  • Toilet roll (usually less than one per person/week)
  • Earplugs
  • Suncream
  • Painkillers
  • Tothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lipchap/lipbalm
  • Wetwipes (to remove suncream)


Toilet rolls in  resealable plastic bag.

Food and nutrition

  • Cooker (I use a jetboil, but using some sort of liquid burner, such as the Primus multifuel, is far superior in cold conditions.)
  • Pots for cooker
  • Fuel
  • Sponge for cleaning
  • Matches/lighter
  • Food
    • Breakfast (I usually have oat meal with salt, sugar, cinnamon, coco and dried fruits for breakfast. Each serving is put in a plastic bag and then I just add hot water and let it sit for 5 minutes.)
    • Dried foods (Freeze dried or homemade, endless options here…)
    • Powder soups (nice as an appetizer while preparing the other food or as a sauce with pasta)
    • Hot drink powder (Coco, fruit soups, tea or coffee. I always bring plenty.)
    • Snacks (bars, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate etc. etc.)
  • Food box with lid (The lid keeps dried foods warm while they’re softening in hot water)
  • Mug
  • Spoon/spork
  • Waterbottle (I use a Nalgene wide mouth 1 liter bottle. It’s durable and can hold boiling water without melting.)
  • Thermos
  • Small bottles of spices, oil and washing liquid


Small bottles in a resealable plastic bag


Breakfast for one with oatmeal, sugar, cinnamon, salt and almonds. Just add hot water and let sit for 3-5 minutes!

Climbing gear

  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Lightweight alpine rack
  • Crevasse rescue gear
  • Ice screws
  • Rope
  • Helmet
  • Cord
  • Pitons
  • Knife (for cutting cord or stuck ropes)


  • Gloves
    • Softshell for touring
    • Warm gloves for basecamp
    • Gore-tex for digging in snow
    • Liners
  • Jackets
    • Softshell for everyday use, touring and climbing
    • Hardshell for wet conditions and as extra protection
    • Extra insulation layer (I use a Patagonia nano puff for breaks and as an extra layer in cold conditions)
    • Down jacket (For cold weather in camp)
  • Hardshell pants (gore-tex)
  • Socks
    • Two pairs of touring socks
    • one pair of thick socks for camp and sleeping
  • Base layer (two pairs, one used during the days and one for sleeping)
  • Underwear
  • Fleece pants
  • Tuque/beanie/buff


Dressed for shitty weather, still dry warm and happy.


  • Camera
    • SLR
    • Compact
  • Spare batteries
  • Book/deck of cards
  • Needle and thread
  • Re-sealable plastic bags (this is a great way to keep things dry and structured)

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