'Tis the season to hit the slopes and go skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or tubing while the snow lasts. If you are traveling to a ski destination, avoid the temptation of overpacking and just bring the essentials with our helpful tips below!
1. Wear the Bulkiest Items on the Plane
If you are trying to pack light, this is an essential tip. Cold weather gear is often times cumbersome and takes up a lot of space in a suitcase (even an expandable one.) Instead of trying to cram everything in, wear your bulkiest items, like winter coat, boots, or scarves, while you travel. This way you will be dressed appropriately when you arrive at your destination, and you will have plenty of room for everything you need in your bag
2. Layer It Up
Heading out on the slopes there is always a risk of being too warm or too cold. The best solution? Layers! Wear a couple layers of clothing underneath your biggest jacket to keep you extra warm, and if you do get too hot you have the option to pare down. Include long underwear as one of your layers and you'll barely even feel the cold. Basic layers also give you lots of options to wear on vacation without having to pack lots of clothes.
3. Wear Waterproof
Making sure you have waterproof ski pants, boots, and gloves is especially important if you are in the snow all day. Even though it may not be as comfortable as a nice pair of knit mittens or sweatpants, waterproof gear is essential to making sure you last all day on the slopes without freezing your fingers off!
4. Don't Forget Your Bathing Suit!
That's right, we said bathing suit! Many ski areas have pools and hot tubs, and what better way to unwind after a day in the cold? Also, if you are a first timer or you just haven't been on the slopes in a while, chances are you might be a little sore after skiing or snowboarding. Soaking in a hot tub or warm pool might be just the thing you need, so pack a suit just in case!
5. Skin Care
A day on the mountain can leave you dry and sunburned, so you will definitely want to bring a couple things to take care of your skin. Lip balm is essential to keep your lips from cracking in the high, dry climates. Sunscreen is another important thing to remember, because the snow is reflective, so even if it isn't sunny out you can easily get sunburned. Goggles or sunglasses will also help protect your eyes from the snow. One last thing to remember is bandages and healing ointment in case you get blisters!