Are you headed on a ski holiday? Wondering what to take on a ski trip? Whether you’re skiing the slopes at Vail or Chamonix, you’ll want to make sure you bring everything you need for a good time. Our ski packing list includes ski essentials as well as handy tips for getting it all on the plane.
You can rent most ski equipment at the resort, but you might want to bring your own. If you’re packing ski equipment, you should definitely bring the following:
We’ll explain later the best (and cheapest) way to get your skis on the plane. However, you’ll probably want to transport your equipment in a ski bag as it’ll protect your gear when it’s being chucked under the hold.
Skiing can be an all-day activity, especially if you’re hitting the backcountry, so it’s best to be prepared. We recommend packing the following:
An essential ingredient to any ski holiday is spending quality time relaxing off the slopes. So, you’ll want to pack a few things to make the most of your time indoors.
In addition to clothing and ski equipment, there are a few extra and very important ski holiday essentials. You’ll certainly need the following for an enjoyable ski holiday:
One of the biggest challenges to any ski holiday is getting everything you need onto the plane. Luggage allowances limit the amount you can bring. Sometimes you’ll even need to pay a premium charge to fly your ski equipment. Both Swiss Air and British Airways allow skiers to travel with their ski equipment for free as long as you have a ticket that includes checked luggage.
Here are some of our handy tips and tricks for getting everything on the plane:
Roll Your Clothes. Folded clothes take up more room than rolled clothes. Expert packers always roll their clothes. You can further compress items by using rubber bands or purchasing travel compactors. This trick can save you some serious space in your luggage.
Use Extra Space. Stuff socks into your shoes to fill this extra space and pack fragile items into your helmet. Your helmet is a good place to store your goggles, for example. Just make sure to throw a few softer items, like your gloves, for extra padding.
Pack Heavy Items as Carry-On. Packing heavier items in your carry-on can help save on your luggage allowances. Most flights allow you to bring a small personal item like a backpack and bag that can fit in the overhead. Some boot bags qualify as carry-on, just make sure to check the allowed dimensions.
Pack Light Layers, Wear Heavy Layers. Wear your bulkiest ski clothes like your jacket on the plane and pack your lightest layers, like your thermals. Wearing heavy layers on the plane will not only save you much-needed space, but you’ll also be warm when you arrive at your ski destination.