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How to Pack for a Ski Vacation


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What do you do once you've planned your ski vacation? It's time to plan what you're going to pack. Packing for a ski vacation can be difficult when you look at how much ski gear you have: jackets, pants, gloves, helmets or hats, goggles, base layers and insulating layers, socks, and of course, your boots, skis and poles! You have some decisions to make, but this guide will help you pack efficiently for a ski vacation.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Pack your ski clothing. To make sure that you don't forget anything, pack your ski wear in the order that you usually wear them. Pack your base layer (your long underwear). Then pack your mid layer (a sweater or turtleneck). Don't forget your insulating layer (a fleece jacket), and make sure you pack your ski jacket and pants. How much to pack depends on how long your vacation is, but one or two base and mid-layers per two days should be fine.
  2. Pack your ski accessories. First, pack your ski socks - bring at least two pairs. Bring your helmet or your hat, two pairs of gloves or mittens, a neck gaiter, and goggles. Don't forget smaller items, like hand warmers and sunscreen.
  3. Pack the clothing that you plan on wearing when you're not on the slopes. While what clothing you pack depends on your preferences and where you plan to go, packing warm clothing is always a good idea. However, don't forget a good pair of boots! You may have to do a lot of walking, and you want your feet to be stable on slush or ice and stay warm.
  4. Next, you'll be packing your ski equipment, but it's time to make a decision. Are you planning on renting your equipment? It's a good idea to bring your own boots if you have them, but if you are renting, make sure you check with your ski resort on their rental policy so everything is confirmed before you get there. If you aren't renting equipment, move on to Step 5.
  5. Pack your ski equipment. If you're driving, put ski boots, skis, and poles in the car. If you're flying, a ski bag is a good idea. A ski bag holds your skis and poles and keeps them protected on the flight. A boot bag will hold your boots. Make sure your bags are clearly labeled with your name, home phone number, and cell phone number.
  6. If you prepurchased lift tickets, lessons, or rentals, make sure you have the necessary piece of paper with you - you don't want to forget that! Before you leave, make sure that you have your plane tickets and your hotel reservations.


  1. Try and keep everything organized when you pack. Making a list is a good idea - check everything off when it's packed!
  2. While this is a ski vacation, don't forget to the pack the everyday items you would pack on a normal vacation.
  3. Check with your airline on their policy about ski equipment. Some airlines need notice about your ski equipment so they can reserve space for you.
  4. Remember that valuables such as medicine, money, jewelry should always be carried with you.
  5. Do you need to save room? Depending on the size of your ski bag, you may be able to fit smaller items such as socks or gaiters in with your skis - it will save on suitcase room! Also, remember the trick of stuffing socks, gaiters, or gloves in your ski boots.

What You Need

  • Suitcase
  • Ski Bag (If you're flying)
  • Boot Bag (If you're flying)
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