We travel a bunch - it's the nature of the beast as ski journalists. We are
constantly appalled at how much luggage people haul to the airport, pay excess
fees for, and return home having never worn half of. We at Luxury Ski
Trips know how to pack, not break our back, ski all day and still look stylish
at après ski!
Everything should fit in a ski boot duffle bag with two outside pockets
for boots and a center compartment, mine weighs 25 lbs, well under the excess
fees the airline tend to soak skiers with.
2. I always bring my own ski boots, I even carry them on the plane if I plan
to ski on arrival day. The Kulkea Powder Trekker back pack is
perfect for carrying your ski bots with you, includes space for
accessories, fleece and a jacket, layers, etc. I wear my SKEA ski jacket too, it
looks stylish from the slopes to the streets. Inside my ski boots, I stuff
two pair of skis socks, goggles, and my Seirus plug-in boot dryer sticks (can't
leave home without them because warm, dry feet are happy feet).
For travel outfits and après ski clothing, I wear a lot of black, it's very European and trendy ...lol. No,
actually it just travels well, coordinates easily, hides stains, and doesn't
scream "I'm a tourist." I love my Alp N Rock ski
shirts- that go from skiing to après ski. Also my SKEA après ski skirt
allows me to change out of ski pants and look cute (butt covered). I don't recommend jeans when traveling.
husband Greg swears by his one pair. I find denim bulky
and not always up to dress code so I bring black pants (or leggings for
ladies) - they are lightweight, you can wear them from fancy to casual.
4. Plan your outfits, pack two shirts that coordinate well, a
t-shirt in the event its warm and sunny, and pants (wear one with a versatile
belt and bring a second max).
For the ladies (and metro men), a scarf or two can accessorize nicely - adding
mileage to your outfits. I also bring a lycra or rayon skirt and tights - in
case I get a fancy restaurant invite (a girl can dream and should always be
A swimsuit is essential, pj's are at your discretion but you certainly don't
need your bulky bathrobe. I pack just a few pair of undergarments which can be
hand washed in a sink. I swear by Tide disposable laundry packets for this, and
for washing stinky ski socks at night so they are fresh and ready for the next
6. Toiletries should be travel size - this should go
without saying, but have you seen TSA's confiscated box? Besides, you won't need 10
ounces of shampoo - so why carry it and risk it blowing up at elevation?!
You still have plenty of room in your ski bag for
your ski clothing and base layers, ski pants, a
shell or fleece for layering, hat/helmet, as follows:
Ski or Snowboard Boots (in a separate compartment)
Ski Pants for colder days, Wind Pants for the warmer days
Ski Jacket for wintry conditions, Windbreaker/Shell for warmer weather
Two Pair of Ski Socks (stuff these in your ski boots)
Base Layer/Long Underwear
Goggles and Sunglasses in their protective cases and tucked inside a hat
Gloves/Mittens /Disposable Hand Warmer Packets
Pocket size sunscreen and lip balm
For long trips with many connections,
I like a ski boot bag with wheels, its pricier but a real back saver -
reserving strength for the slopes. Consider
renting skis if you are flying.
See our Top Ski Reviews.
When you get home from your ski adventure, unpack and launder your ski stuff
immediately so it's clean, dry and ready for the next trip...don't let it linger
or fester or you will be sorry later. Just like, "No friends on a powder day," I
say no excuse for procrastination. Pack and go ski.