Ski trips are expensive, and the last thing you want is to leave something behind. My husband and I have gone on many ski trips together from a weekend getaway to week-long excursions. By now, we have a system worked out, and a ski trip packing list is essential. It makes the whole packaging process quick and efficient so you can be on your way.
PS, you can get a complete printable packing list at the end of the post.
Here is a snip-it of my ski trip packing list:
Antibacterial wipes are a must for me. Regardless if you are driving to your destination or flying, wipes are essential! Also, if you are a clean freak like me, I like to wipe down the hotel toilet seats, tv remote, and doorknobs.
CBD oil / Hemp oil
After a day of skiing or snowboarding, your body will scream and can become unmanageable. Personally, I am not a painkiller popper, and I prefer to deal with it the natural way. CBD oil is my go-to method. Studies have shown applying CBD oil on the skin can lower pain and inflammation. However, CBD oil could have a side effect, so try it before going all out or ask your doctor.
Other natural ways of helping with the pain and inflammation include:
- An ice pack or heating pad
- Sports drink/ coconut water
- Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, orange, and cherries
- Olive oil, coconut oil
- Fatty fish
Lip Balm/ Chapsticks
The chapped lip is the biggest issue for me. You are not drinking enough water, and you are under the sun with high-speed wind and cold air. I mean, who wants to kiss that dry, flaky, almost bleeding lip at the end of the day?!
You may have guessed it. Sunscreen is super important when you are in the snow! The winter UV rays can be every bit as damaging as the summer sun. If you ski all day on the mountain, your face could look like a boiled lobster by the end of the day. And if you are unlucky, you may end up with that goggle marks.
It is our family tradition to drink hot cocoa during our break. There is something about drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows on a freezing day. But the hot cocoa on the mountains is around $5 a cup. It is way overpriced, and you are getting the fake stuff. It is full of sugar and ingredients you don't want to put in your body. If you're going to save a few bucks and get the real deal, bring your own.
Snack is a big one for me. You are in the cold, and you are burning a lot of calories. You need energy boosts to keep you going. But for me, I am not a fan of dining on the slope. It is uber expensive, the food is unhealthy, and you feel terrible afterward. At least I do. So have good, hardy, and healthy snacks are super important.
Here are some pocket snack ideas:
- Snack bars
- Nuts and seeds
- Almond/ Peanut butter cups
- Almond/ Peanut butter packet
- Honey sticks
- Fruit leather or fruit roll
- Oatmeal squeeze
- Dark chocolate
- Chia squeeze
Here are some food ideas if you are planning on getting a locker or have a backpack:
- Sandwich/ wrap
- Overnight oats
- Ramen cup
Do you find yourself dehydrated after a skiing day? I sure do. You are having so much fun on the mountain and enjoying the thrill that you forget to drink water. With a hydration pack, you can drink where ever you are and when you need it. You don't have to go out of your way to get water.
Below is the hydration backpack that I have, and I absolutely LOVE it! It was a gift, and it is life-changing. This hydration backpack is not only for hydration:
- Diagonal Ski or Vertical Snowboard Carry
- Ice Tool Attachment
- Stowable Helmet Carry
- Scratch-free goggle pocket
- Insulated Hydration
The only thing that makes the mountain run better is having a great playlist blasting in your ears at the same time.
My personal favorite headphones are AirPods. You don't have to worry about the wire or the fitting to your helmet.