Any winter recreation requires a bit more gear than a simple summer hike. For snowshoeing, trekking poles or ski poles with wide snow baskets help with balance and efficiency on the trail. Trekking poles have the advantage of adjustability for different users or trail profiles. A snowshoe set that includes poles will cover your bases.
Aside from snowshoes and poles, you will need a good pair of waterproof hiking boots or snow boots. Hiking boots are more supportive for longer jaunts but snow boots, which are also available to rent, will get the job done too. Gaiters are also a must. Even if you’re not walking through deep snow, you will kick snow up into your boots and eventually end up with wet socks, which is no fun.
As far as clothing goes, the key to staying comfortable while snowshoeing is layers. Start with a non-cotton base layer. Softshell pants are great for breathability and flexibility. Add a fleece or light puffy and a waterproof jacket that will most likely stay in your daypack. Light gloves or mittens and a hat are also good to have. Snowshoeing can be a really intense aerobic workout so you likely won’t need much clothing while you’re walking. When you slow down or stop, or if the weather is less than ideal, you’ll want those warm, dry layers to stay comfortable.