The tail end of the ski season may be wrapping up on our side of the globe, but, as those in the know are all too aware, that means northern hemisphere skiing is just around the corner. If you haven't already made your plans, there's no better time than now. And, in preparation to hit the slopes, here's what to pack for your big ski holiday:
The secret to any travel to cold weather climates is to pack clothing that can be layered. It doesn't matter if you're skiing or simply frolicking in the city when the white stuff starts to fly. Layering is universal and allows you to add on/take off as needed. It goes like this:
- Base: Thinnest, lightest layer. Think t-shirts, leggings or long johns that can be comfortably worn under other items.
- Main: Slightly thicker clothes that will insulate. This should be items such as jeans, sweaters and thick socks.
- Outer: The thickest layer, this will be your heavy winter coat, gloves, scarf and sturdy, waterproof footwear.
When deciding on which items you'd like to take, keep in mind that cotton is great for layering; wool is warm and breathable; and fleece deals well with water and is easily worn under a winter coat. Denim is another staple, so stock up on those jeans! In terms of outerwear, waterproof is the name of the game.
- Thermals (or long johns)
- Warm socks
- Cosy sleepwear
- Boots (to wear away from the slopes)
- Waterproof ski coat
- Waterproof ski pants
- Winter hat/beanie
- Gloves (2 pair)
- Winter boots
- Sunglasses (or goggles)
When it comes to holidays in the snow, there are a few extra little things you'll definitely want to make room for in your bag. We're talking the stuff that's easy to forget, or perhaps some things that you never would have thought. For example, did you know you it's easy to get sunburnt while skiing on a sunny day? All that sunlight reflecting off the white snow makes sunscreen imperative!
- Toiletries (including body lotion)
- Lip balm (something with an SPF in it)
- Hand and toe warmers
If you're a ski novice, there's no need to attempt to pack your own ski gear. Most, if not all, ski resorts offer rentals that cover everything you need for a day on the slopes. From helmets and poles to snowboards and boots, you'll be able to rent all your gear for the day.
If you take your skiing or snowboarding more seriously, you're probably all too familiar with packing and transporting sporting equipment. Though, if you're just starting to dabble in the ins and outs of transporting ski gear, there are a few things to consider.
- Skiing and snowboarding equipment can be accepted by most airlines as checked luggage as long as it meets maximum length and weight restrictions. If it is too long or heavy, it may have to be sent as freight. Additional baggage charges may also apply.
- All skis, poles and/or boards must be packed in appropriate protective baggage, designed specifically for that equipment.
- Double check any restrictions on items per person with your airline. For example, Qantas only allows one pair of skis, one pair of poles and one pair of ski boots per passenger.
- Ski/snowboard boots