When going on a ski adventure, it gets a tad hard to actually decide on what to take. Especially, that there are a lot of guides out there that are always contradicting themselves. Through experience, though, some things prove themselves to be of a higher priority than others. This list is dedicated to those items.
1.A Trusty Luggage Bag
Before we talk about anything that you need to bring, you need to make sure you bring these items in the proper container. To get one thing out of the way, suitcases are a huge no. Taking a suitcase on a ski adventure is one of the most impractical things you could do. What you need is something strong, with a lot of room, and easily handled; basically, a duffel bag. They don’t have wheels, and they’re not of a remarkable height, so you can just pick them up and walk through the snow, while other people struggle to plow their way through the snow with their heavy suitcases.
2.Waterproof Phone Case
If you had paid enough attention during chemistry class, you’d know that snow is basically solid water. In other words, when subjected to a little amount of heat; say from a hand or a little sunshine, it can turn into water again. Having said that, for your phone’s safety, it is recommended that you invest in a waterproof cover for your phone. When you do, you’ll be able to comfortably use your phone to take pictures and, if you’re trying to improve your performance, you can download ski tracking apps and take your device with you across the slopes.
3.Gym Clothes or Yoga Pants
If you’re already going to be skiing, why will you need gym clothes, you may ask? Well, first of all, there’s no need to worry, you won’t be doing more workouts. The only reason for the gym clothes is because after a long physically straining day, experts recommend that you have a short cool down session. Basically, just stretching your muscles, relaxing them, to prevent damage and promote quick recovery. According to Anabolic Bodies, muscle growth highly depends on when you consume most of your proteins and fibers; it has to be within a window that ends around 36 to 48 hours after a workout. Having comfortable clothes that stretch easily give you comfort as you work out your muscles and break out a sweat.
4.Zipper Storage Bags
Speaking of exercise and muscle health, the other important factor affecting muscle growth besides working out, is nutrition. With the huge amount of energy expenditure that you will be doing on your ski trip, there’s no doubt you’ll be needing some quality nutrients. Most people pack candy bars, or sugar-filled granola; quite unhealthy options, just because they come in wrappers. However, with zipper storage bags, you can cut up apple slices or bring dried fruits and protein-filled nuts on your trips. That way, you’ll be benefiting from the muscle build-up window and keeping your energy levels high throughout your ski day.
As soft and fluffy snow is, when going at high speeds, it tends to lose these qualities and adopt a more lethal nature. Here’s where ski goggles come in. First of all, they shelter your eyes and part of your face from the cold. Second, they are fitted with an elastic strap which means that, even if you fall a million times, they won’t fall once. Third, they protect your eyes from any projectile particles that you may encounter on your way downhill. Not to mention, goggles will help protect your eyes from the cold air, which usually makes the eyes water. A skier usually wants to focus on their tricks, style and the general experience; having enough visibility is critical in that case.
Often underrated, ski socks are quite essential on a ski trip. Most beginners usually ask, “how many socks should I wear?” It is not the question anyone should be asking; more than one pair of socks decreases the amount of air getting to your feet. With the effort you’ll be doing, your feet are definitely going to sweat, the lack of oxygen may lead to infections. Instead, invest in ski socks. They’re specially designed to help your feet breathe easily, in addition to them being thicker around certain areas. So, your feet will be getting oxygen, and extra protection around the areas where most friction happens.
7.First Aid Kit
Needless to mention, a first aid kit is one of the most essential kits to have when going on any adventure; much more a ski adventure. Getting to a hospital from the slippery snow-covered slopes is not an easy task at all. This is why it is, not a recommendation, but a necessity that you keep a first aid kit with you at all times. You never know when you’re going to need to treat a minor cut, or a sprain or even keep a serious situation from snowballing (no pun intended). Just make sure you keep it fully packed with all the necessary stuff: Alcohol Swabs, Bandages, Dressing, Tape, and medications. Also, it is better if you perform regular checks every time before you head out.
8.Phone Plug Adapters
This obviously depends on the country you are going to; a bit of research can do you good. All what you need to do is make sure what the voltage used in that country; most countries stick with 220 Volts, as opposed to the U.S’ 110 Volts. While nowadays it is not much of a concern since, most devices are dual voltage; as in, are able to operate on both currents, you still need to be careful. Meaning, if you’re going to a different country with a different current, voltage, it is better to make sure you have a current adapter to avoid getting your devices fried on the first day.
When packing for a ski adventure, think of practicality, but more importantly, make a checklist. When unpacking at the resort, in order to avoid the sickening realization that you’ve forgotten an essential item, just make up a checklist and follow through it when packing for the resort or re-packing for home. In fact, you can always create a checklist on your phone or tablet, and use it for all your following trips.