Whether you’re cruising down the powdery slopes of Utah or gliding along the cross-country trails of Vermont, a great ski trip requires the right gear. We’ve compiled a list of everything you’ll need, both for individuals and for families, to keep you warm, dry and safe during your winter adventures. Be sure to keep this ski trip packing list handy as you prepare.
If you’re a casual skier (or if this is your first time skiing), you’ll want to rent equipment rather than shell out the money to buy it. When you’re trying on boots, remember to do so while wearing thick socks. Whether you rent or bring your own equipment, these are the essentials.
When you’re skiing, you’ll want to keep warm and dry without overheating. Think layers. Avoid cotton, especially for your thermal base layer and socks, as it absorbs sweat and is slow to dry, which can make you cold.
Even if skiing makes up the bulk of your trip, you’ll need to pack for the downtime as well. Layers are still a good idea, as well as items that keep you warm and comfortable. Remember to pack any items that will allow you to enjoy additional amenities at your hotel, such as a swimsuit for the pool or hot tub
Plan to pack any toiletries you’d want on any other trip, but keep in mind that the cold air can dry your skin faster. Remember to pack plenty of lotion or moisturizer. To save room in your luggage, bring travel-sized versions when possible.
There are a few essential items you’ll want to keep with you while skiing, some for safety and others for comfort. Stow these in the pockets of your ski jacket so they’ll be close at hand when you need them.
As with any trip, be sure to bring those little items that you know you’ll need to pay for things, keep your devices charged, enjoy your downtime and handle emergencies.
Your packing list won’t change drastically whether you’re preparing for a solo trip or a family vacation. But the amounts will multiply. Organization becomes more important the more people you’re packing for. Here are some tips as you gear up for your family ski trip.
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