A Packing List for a Ski Trip

A Packing List for a Ski Trip
Packing for a ski trip can be a tedious task, but planning ahead can alleviate some of the stress. The list will vary for every skier as the items needed will depend on factors such as ski destination, type of ski trails (groomed or ungroomed) and personal preferences.


When it comes to packing for a cross-country ski trip, ensuring that you have all the necessary skiing gear is one that tops the list. This includes skis with bindings, boots, poles, daypack or backpack and, if needed, glide wax for the skis. If a trail pass or parking permit is required at your destination, make sure to pack those as well.


Essential items are those that are necessary for the purposes of survival, safety and basic comfort. Items may vary depending on your ski destination. Essential items to pack may include navigation tools such as maps, compass or GPS. Other items include sunscreen, sunglasses or goggles, first-aid kit in case of emergency and a water supply for drinking. If going on an off-maintained route, emergency items may be needed such as an avalanche transceiver, probe, snow shovel, slope meter and snowpit analysis kit.

Clothing Options

It is best to be prepared when packing clothes for a ski trip. Weather is hard to predict at times, so your clothing choices should be based on the possible weather extreme. Pack base layers made of wicking materials such as wool or synthetic, an insulating mid layer such as a fleece jacket or vest, waterproof jacket, insulating jacket, waterproof pants, hat and scarf. Also, do not forget warm socks and sock liners. Dressing in layers can be convenient as you can simply shed some of it when you start warming up or if the temperature rises.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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