It’s never easy packing for any trip, especially if your next adventure is very gear intensive.  Set all of your gear and clothing out, then make a separate pile of the must have and another of optional items.  This way if you don’t have any extra room in your bags, you will not leave out any essential items.

Cultural Adventures

  • Backpack (25-50 Liters-size is dependent upon what type of trip you are taking)
  • Travel bags with wheels (great for all travel)
  • Watch with alarm
  • Sunglasses (two pairs)
  • Sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 40+)
  • Hat & gloves (if traveling to cold climate destinations)
  • Baseball cap (for very sunny areas-great protection)
  • Radios (optional)
  • Moleskin or Band Aid foot repair patches (for blisters)
  • First aid kit

Ski Adventures

  • Travel bags with wheels (great for all travel)
  • Small pack (15-20 liters-great for carrying extra clothing, water, snacks, goggles, sunblock)
  • Watch with alarm
  • Ski helmet
  • Rub-on ski wax
  • Multi tool for repairs (place in checked luggage)
  • 2 pairs of gloves (either two winter gloves or 1 winter/1 spring for spring skiing)
  • Ski or Snowboard Boots (maybe both)
  • Skis or Snowboard (maybe both)
  • Sunglasses, goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 40+)
  • Radios (optional)
  • First aid kit
  • Gortex shell jacket and ski pants
  • Soft shell and/or fleece jackets (wind shirts are good as well)
  • Fleece pants
  • 2 sets of long underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • Down jacket
  • 3-5 pairs of ski socks
  • Neck gaiter/ face mask
  • 1 sweater or an extra fleece
  • Waterproof snow boots or clogs

Optional Backcountry Ski Gear (some overlap resort skiing)

  • Avalanche Beacon (with extra batteries)-bring if you have them, otherwise we will outfit you
  • Shovel & probes (bring if you have them, otherwise we will outfit you)
  • Adjustable ski poles (2 stages work more effectively)
  • Sunglasses, goggles (2 of both)
  • Hydration system (bladder or water bottles)
  • Headlamp (extra batteries)
  • Skins for ski touring (skin wax)
  • Crampons and Ice ax (for more advanced ski mountaineering trips)
  • 2 pairs of gloves (either two winter gloves or 1 winter/1 spring for spring skiing)
  • Ski straps for securing skis to pack