Last year I laid out a ski trip packing list. Today, I give my best tips on how to pack for a weekend away that includes a day or two of skiing.
Ski Trip Packing Tips
I find getting ready to ski to be a little stressful. Not I-have-to-perform-open-heart-surgery stressful, but stressful in the sense that there’s a lot of gear to manage.
I’ve devised a system that works for me, and it may work for you too if you do a lot of skiing.
|| I pack my ski stuff in two groups; group number one are the clothes I put on at the house: thermal underwear (I highly recommend Duofold which is both comfortable and very affordable), ski socks, ski pants, ski shirt, and ski jacket. I pack all of these in a plastic bin because that is how I store them at home, and having them separate from my other clothes (jeans, sweaters, undies) makes the morning go a little more smoothly.
In other words, I am not rifling through my jeans and wool sweaters to find my ski pants.
|| The second group are the ski accessories: goggles, mittens, hat, neck warmer. I pack and store these in my boot bag because I don’t put them on until I’m in the lodge right before I hit the slopes.
|| I try to never, ever put the neck warmer on until right before I ski because it gets really hot, and if I’m hot on the car ride to the mountain I may be tempted to not wear the neck warmer, which is a decision I will regret as soon as the cold hits me in the face on my first chair lift ride.
|| Get a boot bag–even if you don’t own your own boots. My boot bag is maybe one of the top five best purchases I have ever made. I bought it on discount at the end of the 2011 season and I love it because it stores so much and makes carrying boots about a million times easier.
|| I pack all of my ski accessories into this bag at home before leaving for the trip, and then I carry them all to the mountain this way. I actually store my ski accessories at home in this bag, too. Side note: when I was packing for this particular trip, I was able to fit three bottles of wine in my boot bag in addition to my ski accessories. Talk about a multi-tasker.
|| Once I get to the lodge, I put on my boots (which reminds me, also buy ski socks they really do make a difference in both warmth and comfort) and accessories, and then I put the boots I wore to the lodge into the boot bag. This way I don’t have my stuff all over the place (which is my worst nightmare–I do write about personal organizing).
|| In the front-inside pocket of my ski jacket I pack my iPhone, one credit card, my ID, and some cash. In my outside jacket pocket I pack tissues and a lip balm so they are easy to reach while I’m on the ski lift.
Why do I carry a credit card and cash? Two reasons. One time my friends got stuck on the wrong side of the mountain after the lifts had closed. It was dark and cold, and Killington Mountain is huge. They survived, but never forget.
|| Finally–and this may sound weird–I get motion sick when I ski, so I try to remember to pack these Sea Bands which supposedly put pressure on acupressure points that alleviate whatever-it-is that causes motion sickness.
How weird is this? I don’t know. But I have spent many a gondola ride willing myself to not throw up on my fellow passengers, so now I try to be prepared.