I wanted to create you a cheat sheets for easy packing for your ski trip. Note that I only recommend one ski outer layer, but several base- and mid-layers, but if you only ski a few times a year, less amount base-layers is OK - especially if you can wash them during your trip. I actually usually bring two ski jackets and extra ski pants too, because, well... I don't want to dress in the same clothes every day! But there is no need to buy more than one set - good quality ski wear will dry overnight. But I do recommend an extra pair of gloves. Read my other post about ski clothing essentials to learn more about the must have skiing clothing and accessories to bring in the slope.
I also created another packing list for other items you might want to bring along for your ski trip. Most of them are a common sense, and something that you probably always travel with, but a few things to note... I recommend a small coin/card purse so you don't have to take your wallet to the slopes. Hydration pack is great - you can fill it with water and get a drink whenever. Usually they have plenty of storage so you won't even need another backpack. In addition to water, remember sunscreen, lip balm and snacks for your ski day. And bring your iPod, MP3 Player or iPhone - I truly think I ski better when listening good music, but I'm sure it's not scientifically proven, but music will make skiing even more fun, whether you fill your player with dance tunes, rock'n'roll or relaxing classical music (me? Little bit of everything). Steps
1 Start the planning in advance, by at least a week. Two weeks would be even better, but three weeks might be overkill.
2 Make a checklist with everything you think you'll need. Revise this every time you think of something else. (It is best to keep it in a notebook you will have with you a lot, so you can just write stuff down as soon as it enters your mind.)
3 Pack two separate bags. One will be for all your ski stuff. This includes items like your helmet or hat, gloves, snow pants, turtle fur or scarf, ski goggles, and a water bottle. If they fit, pack your ski boots.
4 In the second bag, pack all the stuff you would take if you're staying in a place that's not your house. (if you're just going for the day, skip this step) This includes clothes, toiletries, and anything else you need.
Label everything with your name and cell phone number, just in case... and it makes finding your stuff at the lodge a whole lot easier.
Kids - if you're going with chaperones and not your family, make sure you have the phone numbers of everyone before hand.
When storing your skis and poles, first attach the skis, then take one pole and slide the strap around the ski bundle. Take the other pole and slide it from the other side so it holds both poles to the skis. This makes it simple to carry the skis, or just keep the two together. Ski bags are also ideal for this.
Long underwear is always a good idea to bring on a cold trip to the mountains.
Pack two sets of clothing for each day you are going skiing. One will be the clothes you wear underneath your snow stuff. For the other set, pack your day clothes that you can wear after you get changed out of your skiing clothes.
How to… Pack for a ski trip
I really wish there was a post like this when I went skiing for the first time.
"What do I need to take to a holiday where the temperature will be -10 degrees!" - Packing was rather stressful, despite advise from our snow-mad friends - they were all male, so they could only help so much...
Most ski trips range from a long weekend to one week. the clothes you take are pretty much the same - it also depends in your commitment to doing laundry while on holiday. I don't - so I take one option per day and come home and do a few machine-fulls.
Mid layer: Its either fleece or wool top - it goes over the base layer - again - Icebreaker or Spyder.
Ski socks - get proper ski socks -