Heading off on a ski or snowboard trip is exciting – but it can also be stressful.
After all, there’s a lot more to pack than just your passport, so planning is key.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to help you make travelling with all your ski equipment a doddle…
- Make a list!
The last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination and realise you’ve left half your essentials behind. So the first step to travelling with your ski equipment is to get organised. Make a list of all the items you need to pack for the whole trip (remember the bits and bobs you might need off the slopes as well as on them).
Go the whole hog and categorise your list with different headings, such as ‘ski equipment’, ‘clothing’, ‘toiletries’. It sounds tedious now, but you’ll thank us when you get to enjoy the satisfying feeling of crossing items off one by one.
- Use the right luggage
If you’re anything like us, your ski or snowboard kit is your pride and joy. So you want to make sure it stays safe and secure on its journey. That’s why we’ve created an affordable range that includes a ski travel bag, snowboard travel bag and a ski boots bag, helping you pack with peace of mind.
For family trips, check out this ski travel bag (which doubles up as a snowboard travel bag). You can fit three sets of skis (or three snowboards) in it and it features a full length zip for easy access plus handy wheels for getting around at the airport.
If it’s just one set of skis you need to look after, try our Wed’ze Easy2Travel Ski Travel Bag. You can fit your skis (up to 185cm) and your poles inside and trust that they won’t be damaged in transit thanks to the thick padded foam of the bag.
Then there’s our cleverly designed ski boots bag that is a snip at just £29.99 and lets you safely transport your ski or snowboard boots and your helmet in one compact bag.
- Pack smart
To save space in your suitcase, pack delicate items like your goggles, camera and glasses inside your helmet or ski boots. It will also help ensure they don’t get damaged en route. It’s also a great idea to roll your clothes – you’ll be amazed how much more you can fit in this way.
Plus, why not use padded items (like your ski gloves or ski trousers) as extra padding for your skis. If you’re really struggling for space, you could always wear your ski jacket on the plane. At least you won’t have to worry about being cold at 30,000 feet!
- Check your airline’s policy on transporting skis and snowboards
Some airlines charge you extra for carrying your ski or snowboard kit – and some don’t. Typically, budget airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair will add a fee to the cost of your trip if you are taking your own equipment.
This can be an unwelcome expense, particularly if you aren’t prepared for it, so give your airline a call or check their website to see their policy. It’s worth noting that Swiss Air will transport your skis for free, in addition to your standard baggage. It can end up saving you a packet.
You’ve packed and prepared. The hard work is done. Now all you have to do is head to the airport and look forward to touching down in snow-covered paradise.
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Have an incredible trip!