Ski vacation can be a great success with proper planning. Knowing what to pack before going on a ski vacation is important to a successful trip and enjoying your ski vacation. Packing as a well getting the packed items from your home to your destination are very important. Some ski items may not easily fit into suitcases, and if you are flying, this may be a challenge (considering the weight, size and, possibly, additional cost).
First, you should know make a list of everything you need for your ski vacation. Then knowing what items are available at your ski destination. Is there a rental shop? How much are the rental fees for skis, boots, and poles? Make rent or buy comparison. If rental fees are reasonable, and you are comfortable with skiing with rented equipment, this could be a viable option and it lessen your burden on packing extra items/equipment, thus making you travel lighter.
However, if you are not comfortable with rented equipment, you have to consider the alternative option. If there are ski shops at your ski vacation destination, get prices on skis, poles, and boots, and find out if they buy used equipment. If they do not, find out if there is anyone nearby that does purchase used equipment. Call that place to get an estimate on how much you could get for barely used ski equipment. Then find out the difference between the money you will spend on buying the new ski equipment and the money you will get for selling the used equipment. If the difference is not much more than what it would cost you to rent the equipment, you should go for this option.
Ski suits, ski jackets, and sweaters can be very bulky size-wise, and hard to pack and carry while traveling. These items will take up a lot of room in your suitcase, and leave less room for other items such as clothing and other essentials. For instance if you plan to go on a two week or more vacation, it will be challenging, if not impossible, to fit everything you need into one suitcase, except you are prepared to pay for excess luggage.
Other way to handle the excess luggage is to call the resort where you will be staying and tell them that you need to ship your package to them, prior to your arrival and that you need that package to be there when you arrive. Ask if they will be able to hold the package for you at the desk. Usually and in most cases, they will. Once you are clear with the resort on the pre-arrival package shipping, then prepare the package. Get a box and 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 resort or lodge. Depending on the destination and time left before you travel date, shipping can be overnight, two days or three days. Depending on the weight of the box, you will usually pay less than fifty dollars ($50) to ship a package within the continental United States, which is lot less than you would pay an airline for extra baggage.
Now you are ready to go and enjoy your ski vacation.