What Not to Forget: Packing for a Ski Vacation

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by Karin on February 23, 2012

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There's definitely a lot to remember when you're packing for a ski or snowboard trip. Although most items are replaceable in Park City, it sure is nice to avoid that hassle or added expense.  I have a swiss-cheeese memory, so for me a detailed packing list is a must.  My family just returned from an amazing trip to Park City, here's a copy of our packing list - hopefully it will help save you some time.  Specific amounts of each item aren't included, so adjust quantities of items depending the length of your stay or whether or not your accommodations have a washer and dryer.  You can download the detailed packing list at the end of this article; I print out a copy for each family member, cross out what's not applicable to that individual and start packing.  Here's an overview:

Travel documents

I like to have everything for our travel arrangements in one place that's easy to find, so I use a plastic tabbed portfolio to organize our family trips as I'm making our arrangements, then bring it with me in my carry on. I'm such a nerd.

On the plane

When you fly there is always that chance that something might happen to your checked bags, so make sure that anything irreplaceable is in your carry on.  Once you've gotten your family to the airport, through security and on the plane with snacks and entertainment, then you can sit back and enjoy the ride. 

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On the slopes

Packing each person’s ski or snowboard items together makes hitting the slopes first thing in the morning a lot easier.  For us that means everyone has his or her own backpack, board bag or boot bag containing their ski/snowboard clothes and gear.  In the morning everyone grabs their own bag to get dressed and go - less stressing out looking for this or that.  You may choose to rent or carry on your ski or snowboard gear, or ship it ahead so that it is all there when you get there.  We rented our boards this last visit and it was so nice to not have to lug them around and fit them in the back of the rental SUV.  Park City Mountain Rentals had a range of boards and bindings to select from so even my picky husband was happy.

Around town

You can't ski ALL the time, so bring some warm and comfortable clothes for shopping and going out to dinner. I tend to overpack, I'm working on this, I find that I really only need a couple of options for apres-ski.  Added bonus: Packing a little less here means more room in my bags for shopping on Main Street.

At the condo or hotel

Most accommodations already have some games and movies, all you may need to bring is some comfy jammies and hot cocoa. Call ahead to see what is available to avoid packing unnecessary items.


A hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion are most likely already at your hotel or condo, so I did not include them on the list.  Add them in if you have a specific brand you like.  You won't regret having a mini first aid kit, just having a pain reliever on hand after a hard day of skiing will be worth it.

Download the SKI TRIP PACKING LIST here.

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Here's wishing you and your family a wonderful, relaxing, fun-filled vacation!


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Comment posted by Kristen on February 23, 2012 11:12 AM MST

Thanks! I'm going to use this for our upcoming trip to Park City!

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