A first-timers advice on how to pack for a snow holiday.
Image: National Parks, Austria
As a novice to white, powdery environments, I have been seeking advice from experienced friends on what you need to pack for a snow holiday, how much, and how to pack it.
Overpacking sits at the top of the list as one of the cardinal sins of travel. It can be a financial burden, if you have to pay for excess luggage; it can also cause physical strain – having to transport it to your destination. But you can’t be blamed for wanting to pack every layer of clothing you own as you prepare for sub-zero temperatures, right?
Below are my three top tips on How to Cheat at Packing for a Ski Holiday and Get Away with It.
1/ PACK AS MUCH AS YOU CAN INTO A LARGE SUITCASE OR BAG.
When you arrive at your destination, there’s likely to be A LOT of snow on the ground (you’re hoping). Having to manoeuvre multiple bags from your transport to accommodation is never an easy task in ‘normal’ conditions (READ: no snow or ice!).
If you’re taking your own ski or snowboard equipment, which are decent sized bag to lug around on their own, you’ll be cursing having to many additional bags.
Invest in a large suitcase that will fit all the extra ski/snowboard gear you are taking with you: goggles, helmet or boots. Snowboarders already have the luxury of purchasing an all-in-one bag that has separate compartments for your board and clothes. Skiers aren’t so lucky, so you need to plan how your’e going to transport everything.
If you’re a newbie, it’s likely you will be hiring your ski’s or board and boots at the slopes, but if you have pre-purchased a helmet or goggles then get them into your big bag!
2/ GOGGLES AND GLOVES FIT INTO HELMETS AND BOOTS.
You don’t need to be an astrophysicist to work this one out.
Helmets and boots are bulky items, but there are small crevices just waiting to be filled. Socks, jocks, goggles, scarves…squish them in and save some room.
3/ RESEARCH AND UTILISE WASHING FACILITIES.
You may be surprised that laundry facilities may be available at your ski resort or accommodation. It is definitely worth investigating before you go, because this will guide how much you need to pack.
If you’re going for a week’s holiday, you don’t need to pack a week’s worth of thermals if you have laundry facilities—just pack three pairs of tops and bottoms and you’ll always have a set freshly washed and ready to go. (The same theory can be applied to your undergarments…just saying.)
These are just three ‘cheat’ ways to pack for your next snow holiday. What are your tried and tested packing tricks?