So you may have been invited to join a bunch of friends on a skiing trip but if this is your first time, it could be a little intimidating in terms of figuring out everything which you will need for skiing. No one likes to be unprepared on a fun trip, let alone be caught in colder weather conditions without the right gear or clothing; so we have put together a little guide on some of the absolute essentials to be added to our packing list and more importantly the importance of your skiing socks.
A LIST OF SKI ESSENTIALS
So whether you have been skiing before or this is your first time, there is something satisfying and comforting in knowing there is a standard list of essentials to always keep in mind and take with you on your trip. Let’s get started with the equipment and gear and then move onto the clothing essentials for skiing:
SKIING EQUIPMENT AND GEAR
- Ski’s and our carry or travel bag
- A backpack
- All skiing equipment repair tools (you never know if you might need them)
- Skiing Goggles
- Ski Helmet
- Skiing poles
- Sunglasses (It can get quite bright out there no matter the snow)
ESSENTIAL CLOTHING FOR SKIING
- Waterproof Skiing jacket and trousers
- At least two warm tops i.e. fleece tops or hoodies
- A comfortable beanie to wear casually and underneath your ski helmet
- Waterproof and durable skiing gloves
- Warm and cosy gloves for casual wear (when you are not out on the slopes)
- Thermal underwear and clothing is always a good thing to bring along
- Four to five pairs of skiing socks (Depending on how long your trip is)
When it comes to the last essential item mentioned above, skiing socks, many tend to overlook the importance of how many pairs you take with on a skiing trip. Of course, it first and foremost boils (or melts in this case) down to personal circumstances such as how many days you plan on being out on the slopes. It is recommended to ensure you have a good number of comfortable fitting skiing socks on your trip, so that you can swop out a pair for each new day out skiing.
Skiing socks are designed with various features such as waterproofing, warmth and anti-microbial properties to prevent odours from any sweating; however not all skiing trips are equipped with amenities for you to wash your socks each day. No one wants to go out on the slopes a second day with the same pair of ski socks; which is why we recommend taking a few pairs along with you. If at all possible, try to opt for having a pair of fresh ski socks for each new day out on the slopes. It will certainly keep you comfortable and focused on your skill and experience rather than the discomfort or concerns of re-wearing your socks from the previous day or them not being dry in time from an overnight wash.
Once again, recommendations are simply just that and it will ultimately depend on various elements such as personal preferences, comfort, length of your skiing trip and the washing amenities you might have available to wash your socks at the end of each skiing day out. Remember, you never want to wear damp or worn skiing socks. It will only make your skiing experience uncomfortable and more than likely a little painful.
Ensuring you have the right pairs of skiing socks is another very important aspect to keep in mind and prepare for. Depending on the type of skiing boot you opt for as well as the fit, it is always best to take your ski boots along with you when going out shopping for those skiing socks. Make sure you read up about the importance of skiing socks and what to look out for such as design, materials, how it should fit, length and specific features. The last thing you want to experience are stop and start motions trying to adjust your socks within your boots or perhaps even blisters when not wearing the right fit as they can bunch up and become very unpleasant.
One last thing to keep in mind when it comes to the variety and number of pairs of ski socks to take along on a trip - why not mix and match your ski socks / snowboard socks a little, as long as they are suitable for your ride and your ski boots, you can enjoy a nice range of different designs and styles to personalise your skiing apparel.
HERE ARE SOME OTHER PACKING ESSENTIALS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PREPARING FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP:
- Sunscreen and Moisturiser
- Casual Wear (keep various temperatures in mind)
- A scarf
- Casual snow boots or boots/shoes which have a good grip
- Windbreaker/Warm Jacket
- T-shirts or clothes for some warmer days in the sun
- Water Bottle and high energy snacks
- Swimsuit (just in case you can afford a fancy ski hotel with a hot tub!)
By now and after getting some insight on what to pack and take along for your skiing adventures, you should be getting excited and ready to take on the packing and the skiing with confidence.