Ski Trip Packing List: For Individuals and Families

By Lydia Schrandt Oct. 21, 2020
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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.

A pair of skis and ski poles propped up with snow-covered mountains in the background.
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Ski Trip Packing List: Ski and Snowboard Gear

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.

  • Skis or snowboard
  • Ski boots or snowboard boots
  • Ski poles
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Helmet
Ski clothes and gear, including a jacket, a helmet, snow pants, ski gloves and ski goggles, folded on a wooden floor, ready to be packed.
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Ski Trip Packing List: On-Mountain Clothing

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.

  • Thermal base layer (top and pants)
  • Long-sleeve shirt, sweater or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof ski jacket
  • Waterproof ski/snowboard pants
  • Neck warmer
  • Wool socks
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Winter hat or beanie
A stack of three folded sweaters (blue, green and red in color) waiting to be packed for a ski trip.
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Ski Trip Packing List: Off-Mountain Clothing

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

  • Winter jacket
  • Long pants or jeans
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Winter hat
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Undergarments
  • Warm socks
  • Non-slip shoes or boots (shoe chains add extra grip)
  • Slippers
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip flops
A fully packed toiletry kit with a comb, toothbrush, razor and other items.
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Ski Trip Packing List: Toiletries

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.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Comb, brush or other hair accessories
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving products
  • Lotion
  • Glasses or contacts
  • Nail clippers
  • Cosmetics
  • Medications
A woman in a ski jacket, ski helmet and ski goggles blowing her nose with a tissue she packed in her pocket.
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Ski Trip Packing List: Items for your jacket

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.

  • Sunscreen
  • SPF lip balm
  • Hand and feet warmers
  • Tissues
  • Lift ticket with a retractable holder
  • Anti-fog wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
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Ski Trip Packing List: Miscellaneous Items

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.

  • ID card
  • Credit cards
  • Portable charger
  • Camera or GoPro
  • Chargers for all electronics
  • Headphones
  • Insurance cards
  • First aid kit
  • Books or e-reader
A family of five packs the car with ski gear for a family ski trip.
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Ski Trip Packing Tips for Families

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.

  • Label all your kid’s clothing and gear before you go. Use duct tape or hockey tape to write their names on skis, boots, helmets and clothing.
  • Pack a few entertainment items, like playing cards, coloring books or toys, for time spent relaxing at your hotel or cabin.
  • Keep everything organized with packing cubes. Use a different color for each family member. Small cubes are great for toiletries, chargers, snacks and ski accessories. Pack resort cloths and light layers in medium cubes, and reserve the large cubes for bulky sweaters, jackets and ski pants.
  • Opt for mittens rather than gloves for kids under 12. Young children tend to have a harder time taking gloves on and off. And, little kids usually don’t ski with poles, so they don’t need the extra dexterity. It’s also a good idea to invest in a set of mitten clips to secure each mitten to your child’s ski jacket.
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