Whether you’re a novice or a pro when it comes to winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, there are a few things to bear in mind before leaving for a winter vacation. The slopes are waiting, you’ve decided on your destination, booked that cozy mountain lodge, and can’t wait to get there and put your skis on. But before that, let’s see how your packing list should look like and what essentials you need to bring on your ski trip.
1. Ski gear
One of the first things to pack when going on a ski trip is the ski gear, which includes skis, ski boots, and poles. If it’s your first time skiing, it might be better to rent your gear, but if you’re a professional, or at least you’re committed to turning this into a yearly activity, then you should consider buying your own ski gear, and see it as a long-term investment. There are several types of skis, so make sure you do your research beforehand. There are carvers, suited for all age groups and experience levels, mid-fats, powder skis, and backcountry skis, best for the untracked terrain. Other aspects to have in mind include the size and bindings of the skis. When choosing the best ski boots for you, focus on size, fit, and performance. Boots vary from soft flex for beginners to stiff flex, which is best for advanced. Ski poles are also important; pay attention to the pole fit, the strap, and the basket.
One item that should definitely be on your packing list for your next ski trip is the backpack. Not only is it practical, but it will be very useful to carry all your essentials on the slopes. One of the most important features of a good ski backpack is waterproof fabric. You might be skiing on snowy days or fall in the snow, so it’s important to keep everything in your backpack dry. A high-quality backpack should also be light and have a protector back panel to withstand multiple impacts, lots of compartments for easy access, and a carry system for skis, snowshoes, or snowboard.
There are multiple environmental factors you need protection from, including snow, wind, cold air, and the sun. Some of the most important accessories to help you stay comfortable and healthy on the slopes include ski goggles, headbands, hats, and gloves. Make sure you have specialized ski gloves to protect your hands from freezing or overheating. On windy days, neck warmers or buffs will come in handy. Whether you’re wearing a helmet or a ski mask, slipping a beanie on underneath is a great way to stay warm, especially since most body heat is lost through your head. Sunglasses are also extremely important, as the light bouncing off the white show can be extremely harmful to the naked eye. Opt for polarized ski sunglasses.
4. Waterproof ski equipment and clothes
The clothing you are going to pack for a ski trip will most definitely be different than what you would normally pack on any other trip. There are a few features to keep in mind when choosing your ski equipment, including comfort, durability, and protection. The best ski equipment is waterproof, light, flexible, and will let your skin breathe, so look for insulated, but breathable clothing items. A day on the slopes is all about layers. You should wear a base layer that is insulated and comfortable and, on top of it, a pair of ski pants, a sweater, and a jacket made of synthetic, waterproof materials. Fend off of cotton fabrics.
5. Skiing accessories
Ski holder straps, ski wax, hand warmers, ski lock – if you’re a skiing novice, you may have never heard of these terms, but they are actually very useful and practical skiing accessories you should pack on a winter trip. A ski holder strap or a ski bag will help you carry your skis easier, while a ski lock will come in handy when you need to take a break to grab a drink or warm up indoors, but you also want to leave your skis safe. Keep some ski wax in your backpack to polish your skis, and hand warmers to warm up afterwards.
No matter what ski destination you choose, the slopes are bound to offer some amazing views. Be prepared to capture the incredible sights with a GoPro, or attach the camera to your helmet or ski poles to film you and your friends in action. If you don’t have a go pro, make sure you bring a waterproof photo or video camera.
Sunscreen protection is not just for days at the beach. The sun reflecting from the snow is more intense, making it easier for people to get sunburns if they don’t use proper care and protection. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the temperature outside. It might be cold, but the mountain sun can still damage your skin, so make sure you use SPF products to protect your face and lips.
8. First aid kit
No matter advanced a skier you are, accidents can happen. A first aid kit is a must-have on the slopes, and it should include anything needed to treat mild injuries. From time to time, check the first aid kit and make sure everything is still in good condition. Some of the things it should include is a whistleblower, scissors, bandages, disinfectant, antiseptic cleaning wipes, antibiotics, and sting relief pads.
9. Healthy snacks
Winter sports are great energy consumers, so don’t forget to put some snacks in your backpack, to have in case you need to recharge your batteries. When choosing snacks, make sure you opt for some that will not smash easily in the backpack, have high nutrition, and will help you hydrate. Some of the best options are apples, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, sandwiches, and chocolates. Avoid bananas, as they are easily smashable, and anything that comes in glass bottles.
Just before you go, make sure you also pack things like maps of the mountain resort and the slopes, money, both cash and ATM cards, printouts of the reservations, and photographs of luggage contents in case something gets lost. Don’t forget your phone charger, a flashlight, and batteries.
Make the most of winter and hit the slopes!
There’s no better way of spending winter than on the slopes. But to really enjoy your getaway, make sure you pack all these essentials and stay safe!
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