SKI VACATIONS — WHAT TO BRING

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Hitting the ski slopes?  What exactly do you need to bring. Obviously warm clothes and band aids are a given. One problem is figuring how to get everything you need from home to your destination. Skis do not fit into suitcases and if you are flying, this presents an avalanche of a problem.
First thing, find out what options are available at your location. Is there a rental shop? Next step, find out rental prices for skis, boots, and poles. If it isn’t costly, in good shape and you don’t mind rented gear, this is an option and makes packing so much easier.  If you don’t care for rented equipment, there is another option. Find out if there are any ski shops in the area; usually there are as skiing is big business in those area. Get prices on skis, poles, and boots and then ask if they buy used equipment. If they don’t, ask if there is anyone near by that does purchase used equipment. Call that place to get an estimate on how much you could get for barely used ski equipment. Figure the difference in the money you will spend on the ski equipment, and the money you will get for the used equipment when you are finished with it. As long as the cost is comparable to rented equipment, grab the unused stuff at go for it!

Ski suits, ski jackets, and sweaters can be very bulky and hard to pack. These items will take up a lot of room in your suitcase leaving little room for the essentials, electronics or cameras (need space?  Check out our selection of organizing cases here) . If you are trying to pack for a two week ski vacation, you will need at least two suitcases as one gets full fast.  There is a way to solve this. Call the lodge or resort where you will be staying. Tell them that you need to ship a package, for yourself, to them, and that you need that package to be there when you arrive. Ask them if they will hold it for you at the desk. In most cases, they will. Next, get a box, put all of your ski suits, your ski jacket, and any other bulky items in the box, and ship it to yourself, in care of the lodge or resort. Shipping can be overnight, two day, or three day depending on how far it must travel. Depending on how much the box weighs, you will usually pay less than fifty dollars to ship a package in the continental United States…which is a lot less than you would pay an airline for extra baggage!

With a these tips, you are Travel Ready to hit the snow.  Check out our store to get everything you need for the snow, beach or mountains!
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