As I have mentioned previously, each year I rent a house with a group of friends in Killington, VT, which we share for the entirety of the ski season. Like with any vacation home, a lot of people want to come up and visit. After a few years of friends arriving either without key pieces of clothing, a toothbrush, and bedding, or completely unprepared for Vermont weather, I decided to create a ski vacation packing list. I save this in my Google documents and send to people 2-3 days before they come up to the house. This gives them enough time to procure anything they may not have, and me the peace of mind that they won’t show up with nothing but a six pack of beer (it’s happened).
The ski trip packing list:
Think: layers. It’s cold outside and toasty warm by the fire. You will move between both several times a day.
- Winter boots with thick, warm socks
- Winter coat, hat, gloves
- “Inside shoes” to leave by the door – we all try to take our shoes/boots off as soon as we open the door, but sometimes there’s snow or ice tracked in and nothing is worse than stepping on wet rug with socks on creating a “wet sock foot” situation.
I find the three outfits described below can be easily combined into one by most men, but for women (myself included), these are three distinct outfits.
- Sitting-in-front-of-the-fireplace-drinking-wine-and-playing-Trivial Pursuit outfit.
- Jeans-and-a-sweater apres ski outfit for the lodge.
- Outfit to wear out to dinner or out to see a band – preferably something with layers as it’s cold outside but the bars and restaurants are toasty.
More is more when planning to hit the slopes; even if you don’t end up wearing the neck warmer, it’s better to pack it and have the option.
- Thermal underwear bottom and top
- Ski jacket
- Ski pants
- Ski shirt, sweater or sweatshirt
- Neck warmer
- Ski socks
- Ski gloves or mittens (I prefer mittens)
- Ski hat
LINENS & TOILETRIES
Many people have found this list helpful to “check off” as packing.
- Sheets for double bed
- Pillow case
- Towels (body, face)
- Blanket or comforter
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair products (brush, shampoo, conditioner, blow dryer, etc)
- Skin care products
East-coast ski resorts tend to get the kind of weather that’s tough on cars. Be prepared with extra snow-and-ice removal apparatus.
- Full jug of windshield wiper fluid
- Ice scraper
- Heavy gloves to wear while scraping ice
- Cell phone charger -make sure you’ve always got a phone charged, or nearly charged
What’s on your ski trip packing list?0