Packing for a vacation can be a brutal ordeal for the entire family. However, it can be made even more difficult if you and your family choose to take a ski vacation. Not only do you need to think about a seasonal shift in wardrobe, but you also have to think about your kids. Remember them? Oddly enough, though it may seem a little unlikely, traveling with kids can often result in packing poorly. The main reason, undoubtedly, was that there was too much to think about at one time.
There is, however, a way to see beyond the strain, struggle, and terror that is packing for a ski trip with kids. Here is a quick-reference packing list guide for the busy mom who is trying to do everything (hint, hint… we’re talking to you dads). The first step to freeing yourself from the ravages of packing for a vacation is getting organized. Here are things your own list should include:
1. Long Underwear, Ski Socks, Turtleneck, Long-Sleeve Shirt, Sweater – Clearly, you can see the step-by-step adding of layers to protect your family from the elements. Yes, you’ll be engaging in physical activity that will get your heart pumping and blood flowing, but you’re still in higher elevations with low temperatures. Understand that cold weather can be tough to deal with, especially if you and your family are traveling from a warmer area. Your bodies aren’t quite acclimated to the conditions, so bundle up.
2. Ski Pants & Jacket – Yet again, we see the addition of another layer. Keep in mind, though, that you will not always been skiing or snowboarding. You’ll be up and down the mountain and into town, which means changes in elevations and changes in temperatures. Moreover, depending on the time of year you travel, you’ll be dealing with shifting temperatures during the day and night. Layers let you keep warm and shed as needed to be comfortable.
3. Gloves – As the lovable Lloyd Christmas said in an exasperated tone regarding his use of two pairs of gloves, his response was, “Yeah. We’re in the Rockies.” Consider that when your body begins to get very cold, heat begins to go to your core in order to protect your internal organs. This, in turn, means that your extremities are at risk for exposure (i.e., your fingertips).
4. Goggles/Sunglasses – When it comes to wintry conditions, we tend to ignore the fact that the sun can still cause problems with significant reflection off of the snow. You’re going for more of an essential item vibe rather than a fashion statement.
5. Sunblock & Lip Balm – Adults usually have a higher threshold for pain and discomfort. Should a sun burn or cracking lips become an issue, they can usually shake it off. Not so for little ones. You need to be sure they are protected from the elements, and using sunblock & lip balm is key in ensuring they are having fun while not roasting under the unforgiving sun radiating off of the snow.
A ski vacation does not have to be the straw that finally broke Mom. By using some common sense and practical planning, any parent can make sure they have the right things packed for their little ones.