One of the questions we get asked about most over at Mix and Match Travel is, "What Should I Pack?". Shay and I decided to do a little mini-series of posts where we highlight things to pack on different types of vacations. Hopefully, it'll be beneficial to not only current clients but lots of you heading out on a little vacation of your own.
Today, I'm talking WHAT TO PACK FOR A SKI VACATION.
Let me tell you packing for one skier was pretty easy but remembering to bring every glove, base layer, and goggles for a family of five was a little more difficult. I'm going to refer back to this blog post when I'm packing for our next ski adventure.
#1 Something Comfy for the Flight
First up, is something cute and comfy for the flight. (Picture on left)-I bought this Barefood Dreams poncho last year before we went to Deer Valley. It was perfect. The entire flight I felt like I was wrapped up in a comfy blanket. (Picture on right)-I've shared before about my love for these Spanx leggings. They're faux leather so they look cute and can be dressed up or down. No need to change the second we arrive...I'm set for the day.
#2 Base Layers
I can't believe I don't have a picture of Bowen in his base layer clothes. He was so cute in his little leggings. Anyway, make sure you pack a base layer for everyone. I went to Under Armour and grabbed this, this, and this for the boys. I got Bowen the 3/4 pair of pants in an XS. They were a little short, but with his tall socks it worked out just fine. I got this and this for Ebby Lee. I took these leggings that I bought last year and then I also took a pair of my Zella leggings. I paired them both with a top of some kind-in the picture above I'm wearing this long sleeve top. If it's going to be crazy cold, then I'd double up on base layers.
#3 Ski Clothes
I bought my pants and jacket last year from Under Armour. They have quality items and are super affordable. Tab's been skiing many more times so he's picked up items here and there. When I washed all our gear from this trip, I had something red in the pockets of my ski jacket so it turned my jacket a weird pink. I'll be in search of some new gear the next time we go. I'm pretty sure Tab thinks I did that on purpose. haha! #ipromiseididnt
As crazy as it sounds...don't forget your swimsuit when you're heading to the mountains. I am not a fan of an indoor pool or hot tub. The overwhelming scent of chlorine and the humidity in the room...it just isn't my favorite thing. I didn't grab my suit because I knew I wouldn't want to swim indoors. Well, I totally could have hung out in the outdoor hot tub. And after a day full of skiing it would have felt nice!
#5 Cold Weather Accessories
I'm talking gloves, scarves, beanies, buffs, and anything else keeping your body warm. Nixon is not a fan of a beanie so you'll notice he's never wearing one in any of the pictures. The first thing on my body that gets cold is my hands so gloves are a must.
Notice those buffs over their mouths...if the weather is cold where you're skiing, pack one of these! You'll be so glad you did.
#6 Items for Around Town
Make sure you remember to pack some cute things to wear to dinner. And a fur vest is always recommended. ;) (Can you see mine peeking out from under my coat?)
Outfit in the middle is a dinner outfit, but the left photo and right photo are "spaaing" outfits. If you plan on hitting up the spa, make sure to pack something comfy to wear to and from.
#7 Ski Gear
We always rent ski gear...boots, skis, poles, and helmets, so we don't have to worry about packing all of that. But if you have it, make sure you pack it.
#8 Goggles/Ski Socks
Don't forget your goggles and warm ski socks. :)
I'm not a professional skier by any means. You guys have seen my videos. haha! So I don't have many tips and tricks but I'd definitely recommend ski school for both newbie adult skiers and kids. I've shared my thoughts about this already but we decided to take the private instructor route in Vail...you can have up to six people in one class so the kiddos and I could do it together, I was a little worried they would be upset about going to ski school, and the private instructor was the more economical route. But six people with a variety of different personalities and abilities was just too much. Our ski instructor was trying to help me, Bowen, Nixon, Ebby Lee, and my father-in-law. It would have been better to split up the instructor's day and give us each one to two full hours of his undivided attention. Or...just put us all in ski school. :)
Right now we aren't offering ski vacations, but if you're interested in a vacation to Walt Disney World, Mexican all-inclusives, and cruises sailing to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to help you with your next vacation.
Skiing Friends...please share what you pack on a ski vacation? Where's your favorite place to ski? And...what's your favorite mountain with lots of green runs (this one is all for me)?
Make sure to hop over to Shay's blog where she's sharing what to pack on a CITY vacation. Have a great day! XO