12 Things to Help You Survive Hiking in the Cold

The cold temps are no excuse for staying inside. Equip yourself with the right gear, and you’ll be able to enjoy the great outdoors no matter the forecast this winter. We’ve got you covered with all kinds of items that’ll prepare you for hiking or camping in the colder weather, whether you’re a newbie or seasoned outdoorsman. And just in case of emergency, we’ve even included some supplies as well.

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Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack

Perhaps the most important item when it comes to trekking outside? What you’re going to store everything in. So a backpack is essential. This one carries everything you need if you’re planning something on the longer side, like an overnighter. It has nine external pockets and can easily lug gear, like your sleeping bag.

Starts at $170, Buy It Here

Related: This Awesome Hiking Backpack Saved Me From Dehydration

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Vasque Skywalk GTX Boots

If you’re going to be on your feet and on the move all day, you can’t just wear any boots. These Skywalks are not only stylish, but are, of course, waterproof. The breathable liner keeps you comfortable no matter the climate and the signature Vasque Pyrenees soles keep your feet firmly on the trail.

Starts at $124, Buy It Here

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Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats

Even with great boots, you never know what kind of inclement weather might arise, and you shouldn’t let it stop you. Made of high-strength, stainless steel coils, and heavy-duty rubber, these traction cleats secure to your boots to provide stability in case of ice or snow. They fit over all shoes, so you can safely hike no matter what’s below your feet.

$23, Buy It Here

Related: Pro Secrets to Cold-Weather Performance

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Native Planet Innergy Outdoors Hiking Socks

You’ll also need a warm, durable pair of socks, and these high-performance ones are optimized for hiking in colder weather. These socks are made with the technology to absorb and conserve your body’s thermal energy, but also wick away moisture. The best part? They won’t slip or giving you blisters, either.

$28, Buy It Here

Related: The 12 Best Socks for Any Situation

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A2S Paracord Bracelet K2-Peak

Why drag around an entire survival kit when you can wear a compass, fire starter, emergency knife, and whistle right on your arm? With this complete paracord bracelet, you can travel lighter. The pack of two allows you to give one to your best hiking buddy or stash it away in your backpack—it’ll barely take up any room—just in case you need it.

$10, Buy It Here

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I Go Expedition First Aid Kit Emergency Survival Bag

Small in size but filled to the brim, this first aid kit has 84 items included— everything you need to help treat any minor injuries without taking up a lot of space in your pack. Lightweight, waterproof, and compact, you’ll be prepared for any emergency without any extra weight.

$15, Buy It Here

Related: 7 Life-Saving Tools Every Man Needs In the Backcountry

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Patagonia Cloud Ridge Jacket

This jacket will keep you warm for wet and cold weather thanks to its micro-fleece and waterproof shell. It’s also alpine helmet-compatible, and features a two-way adjustable hood with a visor, plus an interior storm flap and clip-in loop. Plus, it’s easily packable if you get too hot and want to take it off.

$258, Buy It Here

Related: How to Wear a Puffer Jacket and Actually Look Cool

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Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

You may not think you can get dehydrated when it’s not a sweltering 90 degrees outside, but proper hydration really is the key for keeping up your stamina on a long hike. This durable and leakproof water bottle actually folds up when you’re done drinking, but feels like a regular bottle when filled up. You can clip it onto your waistband or backpack, but don’t worry about dropping it—it won’t shatter thanks to its silicone design.

$22, Buy It Here

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9

Grand Way Best Red Multi-Tool 13-in-1 with Knife and Pliers

As a can opener, bottle opener, pair of pliers, a screwdriver, and much more, this multi-use utility knife should always be in your backpack for every outdoor excursion. It’s durable and versatile, and It even folds up to fit perfectly into any pocket.

$18, Buy It Here

Related: 10 Life-Changing Gadgets That Are So Damn Simple, They’re Brilliant

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10

Julbo Explorer 2.0 Glacier Sunglasses

The sun is lower in the sky during the winter, so protecting your eyes is important. But even if it’s not bright out, you can use these sunglasses to block snow or rain from getting in your eyes with their built-in side shields and anti-fog coating. They wear comfortably, so you’ll barely notice you have them on no matter how long you’re out on the trail.

$150, Buy It Here

Related: The Best Sunglasses for Men

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Prana Stretch Zion Pants

Durable and water-repellent, these pants will keep you dry and warm in even the worst weather. They’re also comfortable and move with you, so going long distances or doing some climbing won’t be an issue.

Starts at $50, Buy It Here

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Coleman Big Basin Sleeping Bag

When it’s time to set up camp, you need a heavy-duty sleeping bag to keep you warm, and this one from Coleman is great for temps as low as 15 degrees. Its Thermolock draft tube ensures that heat won’t escape through the zipper, and it’s also extremely well-insulated. It even has a hood for even more warmth.

$65, Buy It Here

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