If a trip to a ski lodge is in your near future, it's time to begin thinking through what you'll need to pack. Many first-time and novice skiers wonder what to pack for their ski vacations. And, the packing list might require a trip to an outdoor sports supply store. In extreme temperatures, your primary goal is to stay warm, dry and safe. And, since you will be exerting lots of energy, you'll want to stay hydrated and keep your energy levels up.
Headed to a ski lodge? Here's your shopping list:
1. Waterproof clothing. First things first, you're headed to a ski lodge and temperatures are likely colder than you expect. In addition to the typical items you might think of, such as heavy sweaters, hats and gloves, you'll need to purchase items like wool-blend waterproof socks, waterproof ski jackets, gloves and pants to stay comfortable during long periods of activity on the slopes.
2. Ski socks. Ski socks are waterproof and will help keep your feet warm and dry. They also provide extra padding that you will be thankful for once you begin tackling the bumps and curves of the ski slope.
3. Neck gaiter. A neck gaiter is a tube worn around your neck that can also be pulled up over your mouth to protect you from the wind and cold while skiing or snowboarding. It may not be as fashionable as a scarf, but once you're exposed to the cold temperatures, you'll be glad you have it.
4. Long underwear. To stay warm, you'll want to dress in layers, including long johns, or long underwear.
5. Ski equipment. You'll need poles, boots and skis, but you can rent those items at your destination. You may, however, want to shop for ski goggles - which will come in handy should it begin to snow - and a helmet and pack those items for your trip.
6. Snacks. Don't forget, skiing is physically demanding! You'll want to keep your energy levels up by eating healthy snacks. Items like pretzels, fruit and grain bars, dried fruit and vegetables and nuts are great options to have on hand.
7. Hydration pack. It is important to stay hydrated while skiing and hydration packs are a great option if you're unlikely to take frequent water breaks. Hydration packs can be worn comfortably on your back and allow you to easily drink while active. Remember to refill them on your breaks!
8. Moisturizer. Winter conditions are cold and dry. Pack moisturizer for your face and body to keep your skin healthy and comfortable. You'll also want to purchase a lip balm with sunscreen to keep your lips properly moisturized and protected from the sun.
9. Sunscreen. The risk for overexposure to the sun's UV radiation is increased for skiers due to higher altitudes and UV rays reflected by the snow. To avoid increased risk of sun damage and skin cancer, sunscreen should always be used during outdoor activities, even skiing!
10. Hand warmers. Hand warmers are small, disposable packets that provide on-demand heat. They can be activated by air, a solution or battery-powered and range in staying power for anywhere from one to 10 hours.