Since it's fresh on my mind, I wanted to share with y'all (what I hope is) a helpful packing list for a ski trip -- for both adults and kids.
I have grown up skiing, but it had been a hot minute. And so when it came time to pack myself, my husband and my kids for our ski trip, I had to take to Pinterest for a little ski trip packing refresher. Some things we used, some things we didn't...so I wanted to make a list for y'all that worked well for us.
We stayed somewhere with a washer and dryer, which was hugely helpful. Not only did I not have to pack as much, but I could do our laundry there vs. when we got home which was so nice. So if you have a washer and dryer available to you, in the words of my dad, "Pack far less than you think you'll need." And finally: layers, layers, layers! I'll get to that in just a minute, but here are two ski trip packing lists for you:
Before I get into why I liked each of the above items, I wanted to share with you how Brandon and I got dressed each morning for the slopes.
We would each put on our undergarments (obviously), followed by ski socks, long johns (tops and bottoms), a long-sleeved T-shirt (any type will do; we wore Baylor shirts), ski pants, a toboggan/gaiter (Brandon wore a toboggan and this face mask), helmet (we rented ours), goggles on top of the helmet and sunglasses to wear to the mountain, glove liners, ski jackets, mittens (or gloves), and duck boots. Once we were on the mountain, we would swap our duck boots for ski boots, skis and poles, switch our sunglasses for goggles and pop in/on the hand and toe warmers. We did this exact same system with the boys, except they wore bibs vs. ski pants.
Also, be sure to lather sunscreen on your face and Chapstick on your lips! You wouldn't think you'd get sunburnt in temperatures in the teens, but the sun reflects off the snow (and you're at a higher elevation) and you'll get burned quickly if you don't watch it -- and your lips get dry not only from the dry weather, but also from the wind, so lather up. (And slather Aquaphor on your hands and body at night -- trust me.)
So here's why I liked the above things:
I purchased these fleece-lined long johns from Walmart of all places, and they were by far my favorite! They kept me so warm and the price point was perfect. They also held up great in the washing machine and dryer.
I tried these ski pants on at REI, then came home to see if evo.com had them for cheaper and of course they did! So I ordered them and loved them. They held up well skiing, kept me warm and were big enough at the bottom to accommodate my ski boots.
I bought this ski jacket (in blue) from Sun & Ski Sports and really enjoyed it. My mom always dressed her kids in bright ski jackets so she could keep track of us, and so I tried to follow in that same pattern with my bright blue one (and an orange one for Walker). This jacket had plenty of pockets, was warm and worked well in the snow. I am normally a S but sized up to a M in this and I'm glad I went with the larger size for more room.
I personally really like mittens when I ski because I feel like they keep my fingers warmer than gloves, but I will admit that they're difficult to really do much with. Brandon bought gloves that came with glove liners, but I just used a set of thin fleece "technology gloves" from Old Navy and they worked out just fine. Either way: use liners because you'll need them! We both tried to go without the first day and our hands were freezing.
Ski socks are a must! They're thicker than normal socks and keep your feet warm and dry. We bought these and they worked out just fine -- of course, my feet are always cold (even at home in the hot Texas summers) so they were cold there, too, but they did their job!
Speaking of cold feet, we bought these Toe Warmers that have adhesive to stick to the soles of your feet (and cover up to your toes) and we were really impressed! They don't last for hours upon hours, but any heat on your toes while they're stuck in ski boots is helpful to me.
And Hot Hands are the best! We bought a giant pack on Amazon for a fraction of what they'd charge you at a ski resort and they work great! (Just like I remember from my childhood, ha!)
Never would I ever think I'd don a fanny pack (I think I still have nightmares from the 90's!), but alas, here I am. I bought this one because it was somewhat fashionable, but I ended up really liking it for functionality. It had plenty of zippers, which was a must. We pack our lunch when we go skiing (a sandwich, chips and some sort of fruit) because it's simply highway robbery how much resorts charge for a meal on the mountain! Anyway, it held our lunch, my Chapstick, tissues, external battery (which I'll get to in a minute), and any small layers I needed to shed throughout the day.
A neck gaiter is a must for me! Brandon prefers to wear a mask, but I liked to wear my gaiter on my neck and pull it up under my goggles, tucking it in. It kept me nice and warm on my face, which is hard to do when you're flying down the mountain.
Goggles are also a must for me! It's so bright on the mountain that I can't see anything without mine, and I love that these just hooked right onto the back of my helmet and I didn't have to worry about re-adjusting them throughout the day.
I bought this beanie to take with us on our recent trip and I love it! It's so cute and fashionable, and I love that the little puff is interchangeable. I would just pop it off and wear the beanie itself beneath my helmet and it kept me perfectly warm. I also wore it off the slopes with the puff on (or as Brandon called it, "the muskrat") and it was so cute!
Cheap sunglasses. Don't bring your Ray-Bans to the mountain; you'll lose them or someone will step on them in giant ski boots (not that I know anything about that...). Cheap sunglasses are a must! I bought these and love them!
Duck boots are a must-have when you're in the mountains and not wearing ski boots. You can step in snow, slush, etc. and they keep your feet warm and dry and give you the traction you need. Don't try to step off out of the car in your tennis shoes; you'll inevitably step into a deep pile of cold, wet snow and be sorry you decided on the cute shoes vs. your duck boots! ;)
Brandon brought an external battery for our iPhones and I'm so glad he did! I think the cold weather just drained our batteries, and we'd get up to the top of the mountain (13 minutes later) to see our batteries in the red! Yikes! This was a huge help to us, as was turning our phones into low power mode and closing all the apps running in the background to save battery life.
We bought the boys ski bibs + ski jacket combos from Amazon and were super impressed with the quality! I also bought Walker a bright color since I knew he'd be skiing with us and I wanted to be sure we could spot him flying down the mountain. I personally feel like bibs keep little ones extra warm vs. pants, which is why we got these for the boys.
Long johns (like with adults) are a must with kids. You really want to layer them up so they're nice and warm. You can always shed layers, but you can't always add them! We liked these for the boys because they were thick without being too bulky or too hot.
We found these ski socks and really liked them for the boys. They are thick and warm without being itchy. They also held up really well in the washer and dryer.
Water, water, water! You need lots of water in higher altitudes, so we made sure we were all chugging water throughout the day and brought the boys' water bottles to ensure they were well hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.
I found these all-weather boots for the boys at Target and was so glad I bought them for the boys. They wore them any time they weren't skiing and held up so well. They kept them warm and dry and we didn't have to hear any complaints about cold, wet feet.
Same as above, we gave the boys Hot Hands Hand Warmers to take to ski school and Walker especially loved having them.
Foot warmers were great to have with little ones! They kept their feet warm and we heard no complaints, so we were happy.
I bought these fleece-lined masks for the boys and was so happy with them! We didn't have to keep up with a toboggan and a gaiter for them on the slopes, which was really nice. It kept them really warm and covered up so much of their face that they weren't cold.
But, I did bring this toboggan and glove liner set with us. I used the liners beneath their mittens and the toboggan when they were off the slopes. It was really cold in Angel Fire when we were there, so I wanted their little heads and ears warm when we were going out to dinner, playing in the snow, etc.
We bought these mittens on Amazon and were really pleased with their performance. Again, some people prefer gloves vs. mitten, but we like the mittens for the boys and me to keep our hands as warm as possible.
Goggles were a must for us and the boys! I bought the kid version of the goggles I bought for Brandon and me for the boys and they were perfect! They didn't fog up and they kept our eyes protected from the sun (without any squinting) and snow.
A few other things you may want to pack in your suitcase:
- A warm jacket for when you're not on the slopes
- Fuzzy socks for hanging around the house/condo/hotel room
- LipSense (y'all, I loved having this and not having to re-apply lipstick (or carry it around!) when I was there!
- Jeans/long-sleeved tops/sweatshirts/comfy leggings for when you're not on the slopes
- Warm pajamas
- Lots of moisturizer: lotion, face oil, Aquaphor, Chapstick, Vaseline
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