Winter sports apparel and equipment tends to be bulky, which can make packing for a snow trip a real challenge. Getting it right can make the difference between enjoying a winter wonderland and simply shuddering on the slopes. We turned to travel experts for winter packing advice.
Pack for the plane
“If you are determined to bring only a carry-on, wear your ski jacket, extra layers, hat and gloves through security checkpoint,” advised New England-based independent travel expert Julie Loffredi, who has appeared on NBC TODAY show, Fox News Channel and others. “Ship skis directly to the mountain.”
Some bulkier items of clothing, such as puffer coats, can do double duty during travel.
“Use it as a pillow or blanket on the plane and just shake and go when you reach your destination, ready for adventure and looking fab,” said Karen Klopp, author of the guide “Packing for Travel” and founder of What2WearWhere.com.
Ski.com’s packing list recommends “comfortable, waterproof boots or shoes with good tread — especially if it’s snowing in the town or base village or if you want to enjoy outdoor winter activities like snowshoeing, snow tubing or dog sledding.”
“Pack a wrap!” Klopp added. “A beautiful cashmere wrap can warm your head, your shoulders, your neck and everything else that needs a little cozy warmth.”
Hand and feet warmers, snacks and energy bars, sun glasses and sunscreen are also a good idea.
Maximize luggage space
“Packing cubes are a great investment. They help keep everything snug and tightly compact in a carry-on or suitcase,” Loffredi said.
And don’t forget to take advantage of rentals for large equipment.
“You can rent helmets, too, along with the rest of your ski or snowboard equipment,” notes Ski.com.
If you must pack your own equipment, be sure it’s adequately protected.
“Consider additional travel insurance to protect your ski or winter sports equipment,” Loffredi said.
– Paul Rogers, Tribune Content Solutions Writer