Ski Vacation Packing Tips

Written by: Melissa on November 09, 2022

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Will you be hitting the slopes soon? The right clothing, gear, and accessories can make or break your skiing or snowboarding experience. Airline luggage limits and fees can quickly turn packing your bags into a double black diamond challenge. These ski vacation packing tips will help you arrive with everything you need to enjoy your winter getaway.

Plan Ahead

Avoid last-minute packing. You need time to analyze which items you already have and whether they’re still in good condition, to purchase (or borrow) anything you still need, and to test any new gear before your big trip.

Make a List

Replacing forgotten items can be pricey in resort shops. Use a packing list to remember all the essential gear, après ski apparel, and accessories. Don’t forget sun protection for your skin, lips, and eyes!

Understand Airline Policies

Carefully review the luggage allowance included with your ticket, including size, weight, and quantity for checked and carry-on bags. Some airlines have specific policies for transporting sports equipment, including coverage limitations for lost or damaged items.

Tip: Ask your travel agent about insurance options for your ski trip, which can help with delayed or damaged baggage, travel delays and cancellations, medical expenses due to illness or injury, and more.

Compare BYO vs. Rental Options

Renting equipment at your destination may be a practical alternative to the cost and complications of transporting your skis or snowboard. Compare on-site choices with using a local ski shop or rental company, which often offer delivery.

Layer Like a Pro

When it comes to choosing clothing layers, think quality over quantity. The right fabrics will keep you warm and dry, without weighing you—or your luggage—down. Save space in your suitcase by carrying your bulky ski coat on your flights.

What are your must-pack items for a winter sports adventure? Share your suggestions and ski vacation packing tips in the comments below.

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