Items Ski Resorts Recommend Bringing On Your Ski Vacation

By rjn October 21, 2019 View all posts (9)

When traveling to the snow, one of the most important to pack properly for you trip.  It is important to have a checklist, especially when it comes from someone who lives the winter resort life.

We will help you pack for comfort, so you will enjoy all aspects of your trip, because there is nothing worst than being cold and miserable on your vacation.

Before we get into the items you can take with you, if you are traveling outside the USA, one piece of advice – BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE! You never know what can happen from emergencies, lost luggage and injuries on your trip.  Skiing and boarding are physically demanding sports.  In fact, 2 in every 1000 skiers gets hurt.  You want to make sure you’re covered and it’s not a huge extra expense.

Here are the recommendations we received on what you should bring for your skiing/snowboarding trip.

1.) Thermal Underwear

Thermal underwear a.k.a long underwear is another essential item you need for you snow trip. You should bring a clean pair for at least ever other day you plan to ski or board. Make sure the product you buy is made of Synthetic Thermal Underwear Fabric. This fabric is best for extreme cold conditions.


2.) Insulated Snow Gloves

The key to buying ski or boarding gloves comes down to three factors.

  1. Do they keep my hands warm?
  2. Do they keep my hands dry?
  3. Can I grab a beer in them?

Do not go cheep on gloves. Like your jacket, your gloves make or break your trip.

I would always go with the best and that is Burton or Spyder.



3.) Down Ski or Board Jacket

It is a lot easier to get cooler than it is to get warm.  You never want to be in a position that your jacket just is not doing the trick.  There are a number different types of jackets from shell only, insulated only and both.

Down jacket retains nearly every degree of body heat.  I Like the Turbo Down.  It’s one of the warmest, softest, and lightest jackets I have ever worn.  Shop the TurboDown Collection at Columbia.com.  And it Comes in both male and female sizes and is very affordable.


4.) Snow Slippers

Especially if you are a skier.  There is no less comfortable pair of walking shoes than ski boots.  After a long day on the mountain, I love pulling off my functioning boots and putting on a pair of comfortable snow slippers. Even in the summer I wear my snow slippers.


5.) Sun Glasses and Goggles

When it snows, the sun reflects off the white powder almost like a mirror.  The same UV issues with the sun in the summer you also get in the winter.  Outside of headaches caused by the glare, you do not want to ever get snow blindness.  Snow blindness is essentially sunburned eyes and can cause you to to lose your vision for a period of time.  Not ideal work a ski vacation.

There are a number of good sunglass and goggle brands.  Make sure they have UV protection.

I wear the Heritage Collection from Oakley, because I like the old school look.

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Also get an Anti-Fog Lens Cleaner so yo never lose vision do to that annoying fogging goggles.

17.) Snow Face Mask

The key to face mask is the ability to breathe. Make sure your mask has light mesh over mouth. You also want to make sure your air exhales out to help prevent fogging of glasses or sunglasses.



18.) Waterproof Backpack

Instead of getting a locker, I prefer to ski and board with a waterproof backpack. It makes things easier for me to access anything I may need anywhere on the mountain.


19.) Water Bottle

If you are on the snow with your backpack, make sure you have an insulated water bottle.  There are many areas in the resort you will be able to fill up your water bottle before hitting the slopes. Don’t keep buying water and wasting money!

So whether you will need water because you are cramping up, hydrating or you’re just thirsty, it is best to have your source of water with you so you.


20.) Flask

If you count the check-in, the security check, the boarding, the delays, the flight itself, and the check-out, you’re in it for a long time. Even if your phone is fully charged, it might not last very long, especially if you read or play on it to kill time.

To make sure you can use your phone to call an Uber or check Google Maps once you land, plug your phone into a fully charged battery as soon as the flight attendant asks you to switch your phone to airplane mode, this way you won’t forget about it.



22.) Fully Charged Power Bank

I always keep a fully charged power bank in my backpack when I am on the mountain.  Even if your phone is fully charged, it might not last very long, especially on a mountain where your phone is constantly looking for a phone signal.  For safety reasons, this is important as you may need your phone in an emergecy, but it also is unfortunate when you want to take a picture or video and your phone dies.

To make sure you can use your phone to call an Uber or check Google Maps once you land, plug your phone into a fully charged battery as soon as the flight attendant asks you to switch your phone to airplane mode, this way you won’t forget about it.


21.) Late Night Games, my pick “Cards Against Humanity”

Cards Against Humanity is a hilarious party game.  They advertise that it is a game for horrible people. It is pretty hard core and definitely for adults.  The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.  It is “Apples to Apples” for adults.

 


 

 

 

20.) Robe for Pool and Spa

Baby It’s Cold Outside. Get yourself a robe for the walk to the pool or jacuzzi. The robe is most important when it is time to walk back to the cabin. The robe will help keep your body warm and can prevent you from becoming cold.



21.) Altitude Sickness Medicine

Altitude sickness is a huge bummer on a ski trip. Altitude sickness is caused by lower levels of oxygen on the high altitudes of the mountain. Symptoms tend to come quickly once you hit the higher altitude. The symptoms include headache, nausea, shortness of breath, and inability to exercise. If you take one of these remedies on your trip, it will help lessen your symptoms.


22.) Mini Emergency Kit

In your backpack, make sure you have some “just in case” emergency essentials. Organize your mini emergency kit with these simple items:

  • Bandaids
  • Butterfly Closures
  • Moleskin patches
  • Bacitracin ointment
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Alcohol prep wipes
  • Safety pin

Bonus: you can use this mini emergency kit in your daily life. Frequently check if all items are in the kit, and slip it in your bag wherever you go!

 


 

23.) Travel Speakers

As technology changes and evolves over the years, it impacts what is small and light enough to pack for every trip. We’re at the point now where you might as well throw in a portable Bluetooth speaker for your trip and have that cranking while you are coming down the mountain.

 


 

 

 

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