Whether you’re heading to Snowbird, Mammoth, or even Cervinia, Italy, hitting the slopes is an essential part of any perfect winter holiday. The only thing that stands between you and the perfect ski or snowboarding trip is forgetting one of your necessities. That’s where we come in. Use this packing list as your guide to make sure you don’t forget any of your must-haves:
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1.Warm & Waterproof Clothes
Between the coldness and wetness of snow sports, you’re going to want to have clothes that are specifically designed to handle the elements. Before you head out on your trip invest in some high-quality ski clothes if you don’t already have them. Here’s exactly what you’ll need to make sure you stay warm and dry on the slopes for your entire vacation:
- Base layer: This is the layer closest to the skin. The best base layers are made from wool which will help keep your warm, even when they become wet.
- 2-3 long sleeve tops
- 2 three-quarter or full-leg bottoms
- 3 pairs of regular socks
- Insulating layer: If you’re going somewhere especially cold, you might want to consider packing items for an insulating layer of your outfit.
- 1 fleece jacket
- Outer layer: The outer layer of your outfit should be breathable but also water and windproof.
- 1 Snow jacket
- 1-2 Snow pants
- 2-3 Snow socks
Depending on where and how long you’re going on your trip, you may need to adjust the number of some of these items. Specifically, you might need more clothing for your base layers. Keep in mind that you don’t want to bring anything cotton with you to wear while you’re on the slopes because once it becomes wet, it will remain damp and make you cold. Instead, you want fabrics that are moisture-wicking.
2. Sports Gear
Depending on how you’re traveling, you might have no choice but to rent from the ski resort you’re visiting. However, if you can, we highly recommend bringing your own sports gear, including:
- Ski/snowboard boots
- Snow goggles
And, don’t forget to bring your bag to put it all in when you’re done. It will make transportation much easier, especially when you’re tired from a long day on the mountain.
To make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, there are a few key accessories we highly recommend packing, such as:
- Buff/neck warmer
- Snowboard/ski lock (for when you take a break for some refreshments)
- Sunglasses (you can enjoy the beautiful views so much better if you’re not squinting)
- GoPro (if you have one)
By packing these items, you’ll make sure the winter chill doesn’t get to your spirits and ensure that you make the most of your time on the slopes.
4. Protective Toiletries
When you’re snowboarding or skiing, you’re being exposed to the elements. While it’s fun, it can also cause some wear and tear on your body if you’re not properly prepared. We recommend keeping these items on you throughout the day to make sure you feel your best:
- Topical pain reliever
You might also want to pack some extra deodorant and wet wipes to keep you fresh while you’re out for the day working up a sweat.
What to Leave at Home
While you should definitely pack these essentials, there are certain things that are probably better left at home. For the most part, you won’t need to worry about packing heels or dress shoes, or anything of that sort. Typically, ski towns are casual, so the focus when packing should be on keeping yourself warm and comfortable. Since you’ll be surrounded by all the majestic nature that inhabits the mountains, you might want to also take this opportunity to disconnect from work and social media—consider leaving the laptop at home.
Now you’re ready to start your adventure without the stress of trying to figure out what to pack all on your own. Keep in mind that the exact things you need may depend on where you’re going. Above and beyond your snow gear, think about what kind of outfits you’ll want to wear when you’re at your leisure—whatever you’re most comfortable in is usually your best bet. Consider the region, the activities you’ll be doing, and who you’re going with and we’re sure you’ll have it all squared away in no time.