What to Pack For a Ski Trip

I am headed off for a ski week with my family. My first time skiing was a few years ago and I had no idea what to pack. Now that I have a few trips under my belt (and down the slopes) I thought it would be helpful to share what items I pack for a ski trip. This is the post I wish I had when I went for the first time. I created a checklist below to make sure you have everything you need for your trip.

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If there is something I am missing, feel free to comment below and share your ski packing tips.

What to Pack For a Ski Trip

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Ski Clothing

  • Ski socks are essential. You need these to keep your feet warm. I get cold way too fast and regular socks won’t cut it. I like these from Nordstrom and these from Bombas.
  • Ski pants. You can wear something like these from North Face and these or these or go with a full ski bib like I have. It adds extra warmth and I like them better. It feels like ski overalls to give you an idea of the look.
  • Ski Jacket I personally love having as many pockets as possible. Phone, gloves, credit card, lip balm all need a spot and easy access. You want a jacket that is longer and covers your bottom half a bit.
  • Base Layer Leggings A good solid favorite Lululemon leggings work great too.
  • Base Layer top/ I love a good thermal henley for layering
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves I like two layers as my hands get freezing. A tight set and a thick set to go over them.
  • Helmet
  • Sports Bra
  • Sunglasses You might be suprised how much you wish you had your sunglasses if you forget them. I wouldn’t bring an expensive pair just in case you they go missing on the slopes.
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand warmers These have saved me more times than I care to admit. It takes a bit to warm up so activate them before you go out and they will keep you warm for hours.

Ski and Snowboarding Gear

When it comes to ski gear. I have always rented my equipment. I have heard the best piece to invest is in boots. I am not there yet so I can’t give any good recommendations. If you have the chance to bring your own helmet and goggles instead of renting, I would.

Non-ski Clothing

After a day on the slopes, I love changing into comfortable clothes after a hot shower. If you love a hot tub in the snow, pack your swimsuit.

For après ski (cocktails and small bites) a sweater, jeans, and boots work great. Swap your helmet for a warm hat and you are all set.


Make sure to apply sunscreen to your face and wear goggles/sunglasses for eye protection. You will want to make sure you have a solid face and skin moisturizer at the end of the day. Your skin can get dry and chapped. Don’t forget your lips!

Ski Trip Packing Tips

Surprisingly, I have been able to pack for a ski weekend in a carry-on. I use my Away bag and packing cubes. Keep your helmet/goggles and gloves on the exterior part of your handle on the suitcase and I have had no issues. Ski clothes and warm layers go in their own packing cubes. Keep your toiletries tight so you have room in your suitcase for everything. I roll up my Longchamp bag for a great and easy bag for going out and about. You can keep most of your belongings in your pockets but in case you want a bag with you.

For tech items, I like to keep all my chargers in one place. I purchased this Calpak tech pack and I love it!

Ski Trip Checklist

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