What to Bring on a Ski Vacation

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Packing for a ski trip can be tough, particularly for those who are new to skiing. On the one hand, if you show up unprepared, you may face uncomfortable days on the slopes and have to scramble and pay inflated prices for the things you need. On the other hand, packing too much can make traveling to your destination that much more difficult. Before you zip up your suitcase shut for your ski vacation, consider bringing the following items:

– Cold-weather clothing. It goes without saying that you should pack for cold weather on a ski trip, but be sure to bring clothing that allows you to dress in layers. Temperatures can vary on the ski hill, so you’ll want to be sure to have a waterproof outer layer, as well as warm mid-layer clothing and thinner base-layer clothing. You’ll then be able to shed layers, if necessary. Try to bring enough items so that you have several options for each layer but the outer one, and opt for fabrics that dry quickly.

– Dressy clothing. It can be a lot of fun to add at least one fancy meal to your ski vacation. If you want that option, it’s worth the extra space to bring a formal outfit. You don’t want to show up at the lodge restaurant in your sweatpants or the fleece you had on under your waterproof coat all day.

– Ski equipment. At the very least, you need a pair of ski boots, skis, poles, bindings, and a helmet in order to get on the slopes. You can rent at your destination, of course, but using your own equipment works just as well, too. Just remember that there may be special baggage requirements for oversized items like skis, if you’re taking a plane or train to your destination.

– Snacks. Snack foods such as popcorn and granola bars don’t take up much room, and you can save a bundle by bringing your own rather than purchasing them at the lodge.

– Skin care items. Skiing can be rough on your skin, so bring items such as sunscreen and moisturizer to ensure that you stay comfortable on your trip.

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