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Ski-Doo Snowmobile Camping Checklist


Ready for a night of snowmobile camping? Ski-Doo ambassador Matt Downey is a regular when it comes to camping by sled. Here’s his list of must-have items for an intentional night out in below freezing temps. With the help of these tips, you’ll not only survive, but you might even enjoy a night out in the cold.

☐ Ski-Doo snowmobile

☐ Snow shoes

☐ Warm, waterproof outerwear such as Sympatex from Skidoo

☐ Winter boots 

☐ Warm hat

☐ 2 pairs of gloves (1 pair leather gloves for tending fire)

☐ 2 pairs moisture wicking socks

☐ Warm, moisture wicking base layers

☐ Extra warm layers to put on before bed

☐ Large backpack for gear

☐ Lighters/waterproof matches/dry tinder

☐ Saw for firewood

☐ Water bottle

☐ Sleeping bag rated for below 0°F temps 

☐ Closed cell foam sleeping pad (no air pads)

☐ Water filter 

☐ High calorie foods and snacks

☐ Headlamp and batteries

☐ Tent suitable for winter conditions

☐ Shovel 

☐ Paracord

☐ Coffee and a camping French coffee press

☐ Jetboil stove

☐ Pot/pan/cooking utensils 

☐ Good friends and family

☐ Positive attitude for adventure 


This is a basic list of minimum gear required. You could bring a lot more, but then it's more to pack in/out. My biggest tip is to change out all wet or damp clothes before bed. Everyone needs to be warm and dry getting into their sleeping bag. It typically gets colder and colder as the sun sets and temps will continue to drop even through early morning the next day. Warm dry layers and a good warm sleeping bag are key items for surviving cold temps. – Matt Downey