Ski yah later! You got your tickets now it’s time to pack up your gear. Here are some great bags and travel tips.
- Check your airline’s policy on ski & snowboard gear. Weight and size varies from airline to airline and some destinations your gear does not count towards your maximum checked bags. Separate boot bags are often permitted and also don’t count towards your checked bag allowance, but be sure to read the rules on what can be packed in your gear bag.
- Pick a bag that will fit your gear and protect it. A roller bag is best suited for air travel since it is easy to carry and often additional baggage can be attached. Make sure the base of the bag where the wheels are made of heavy duty plastic or rubber since that is where abrasion occurs. If you are planning to carry your boots in the same bag, look for a separate compartment or removable boot bag to further protect your skis & boots.
- If you decide to pack a separate boot bag, choose one that can fit multiple items like your helmet, goggles, and clothing. Backpack style boot bags are great for freeing your hands to carry the rest of your luggage.
- Maximize space while protecting your gear. Jackets and snow pants are bulky and take up luggage space, pack them around your gear or in your boot bag to provide extra padding. Pro tip: the inside of your boots is great for stashing socks and other small articles.
- Check in with your airline when you book your flight and let them know ahead, you will be bringing gear. No surprises when you get to the airport and piece of mind in case they have made any baggage policy changes.
- Get insurance! Accidents happen and travel insurance is your friend. Some private insurance companies have travel insurance, make sure you check the policy and purchase additional insurance if necessary. If you forget to, there are several banks that offer online insurance plan purchases that are effective the day of.
Check out our travel partner Merit Travel for more information on ski/snowboard trips.