How to Pack for a Ski Trip

How to Pack for a Ski Trip

Published: Nov 06, 2020

Things can get a little bit stressful when it comes to packing for a ski trip because it requires a massive amount of equipment, gear, warm clothing, gloves, boots, and more. If you want to know how to pack for a ski trip without breaking your back or the bank, here are some simple tips that you can follow.

To be able to pack everything that you need for a ski trip, discipline is key. You need to think of the essentials only; choose the right luggage, the right clothing and equipment. Being fashionable is unimportant if you want to avoid baggage fees, so bring only what you actually need and leave the gizmos that you won't be needing.

Selecting the right luggage

It is important that you have the right luggage to pack your personal belongings. You can either use a backpack, duffel bag or a suitcase, as long as it can carry all the essentials that you need.
A stuff sack can also be very beneficial because it will allow you to pack quicker and be more organized. A boot bag is also an important piece of luggage for a ski trip. Your boots are more personalized and customized so you wouldn't want the airline to lose it, and having a boot bag can serve as a carry-on item when you fly, thus you wouldn't have to worry about renting out boots just in case.


Ski Clothing

Make sure that you pack the appropriate ski clothing that will help you to stay dry and warm. Below is a list of some of the essential clothing that you will need.


Base Layer

Your base layer should be snug fitting and able to absorb sweat. It should be able to keep you dry and warm during skiing. It also should be breathable. Stay away from cotton fabrics because they stay wet when you sweat, thus making you feel colder.


Mid Layer

A mid layer is important because of its insulation properties. You can either bring a long-sleeved sweatshirt, a lightweight down jacket or a fairly thick wool sweater. If the weather becomes a little warm, you can always remove your mid-layer clothing.


Outerwear/Ski Jacket

Bring a jacket that has a good waterproofing and breathability rating, to keep you warm and dry. A breathable jacket is important to allow moisture to escape the fabric, keeping you nice and dry. If you tend to get cold very quickly, opt for an insulated jacket.


Ski Pants

Make sure that you bring a ski pant that is waterproof, as they tend to get more snow on them. Ski pants that have venting capabilities can also be a good choice.


Thermal Pants

A good pair of thermal pants or leggings can also be a nice addition. If you need more warmth and comfort, avoid cotton fabrics and opt for wools or synthetics instead.


Ski Accessories

Ski gear can be expensive, so if you are a first-timer, you can opt for rental equipment otherwise, pack it.



This is an important item that you should bring on a ski trip, but you can also choose to rent one in the ski resort. This accessory will help to protect you from potential falls and reduce the chance of a head injury.



Goggles are needed to avoid glare, increase contrast and of course, to protect your eyes and face from the cold, wind and any debris that the terrain might throw at you.


Ski Gloves

It is important that you bring your ski gloves or mittens to keep your hands warm. Your ski gloves/mittens should also be waterproof and insulated.


Neck Warmer

Neck warmers can also protect you from the wind and are small enough to stuff into your ski jacket. You can bring neck warmers that are made of thick fleece or a more lightweight microfiber material.



Bring a good pair of socks that will keep your feet warm and have moisture-wicking abilities to also keep your feet dry. You can pack your socks and goggles in your ski boots to save some luggage space.


Protective Gear

Be sure to pack some protective gear, especially when you are a first-timer. Knee pads, padded impact shorts, external bum pads and wrist guards are some of the important protective gear. Make sure that they are durable enough and shock-absorbent to be able to protect you from falls or impacts.



A small backpack to stuff your snacks, water and small essentials is also helpful, although not necessary. Some small accessories can fit into the pockets of your ski jacket or pants. Take note that everything on the mountain can be expensive, so if you want to save money, you can choose to bring a small backpack for your refreshments.


Clothing for off-the-slopes

A winter jacket and few layers of garment should be enough once you're off the mountain.
Bring a few casual tops and jumpers that you can mix and match along with long pants. Gloves or mittens, a winter hat or beanie and a scarf can also help to keep you warm. Waterproof non-slip shoes, boots or trail shoes are also essential for walking around the village.


Final thoughts

Pack like a pro. You should always fill any opening in your luggage; you can also fill your boots with clothing, socks or any small essentials. The bucket of your helmet can also serve as a jacket holder, just remember to roll and stuff. Your boot bag can contain your boots along with your base layer, goggles, mittens or gloves, socks and some toiletries; add in whatever else is essential. Your ski bag can be filled with clothing too, just make sure that the metal edges of the ski won't damage them. The key is to be able to pack light, pack what you need and not to exceed the baggage weight limit. It is best to carry your boot bag on the plane and to opt for a good backpack so that you can also have it as a carry-on baggage. It is also best to write down a list of everything that you need beforehand, so that when you're ready to pack, you can just check things off of your list. This way, you won't forget anything.

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