Everything You Need to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip

As someone who doesn’t normally travel to cold places, I was a little lost on what to pack for my ski trip to Winter Park Resort. After much research and experiencing it myself, I’d have to say this is pretty darn good list of everything you should pack for a winter ski trip:

Everything You Should Pack for a Winter Ski Trip

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Heavy Duty Winter/Ski Jacket + Pants

What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip - Ski Jacket

PS – 90% of the photos in this post were taken by the amazingly talented photographer (and one of my favorite travel buddies), Shelly Borga!

And the best part? Kit Lender ships it for FREE directly to your hotel! Meaning you don’t have to worry about packing ski gear in your luggage and it taking up so much room!

Our sets were waiting for us on our beds when we arrived at Devil’s Thumb Ranch — so easy!

What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip - Kit Lender

Once you’re done, they include a return label and tape so you can ship it back to them (again for free)! I would absolutely recommend Kit Lender for your next ski trip!

Kit Lender provided a kit for Shelly and I on our Winter Park Trip in exchange for writing about my experience using them, however, all my opinions are my own 🙂 

Warm Base Layers

Long johns, warm long sleeve shirts, etc. 

I recommend Hot Chillys brand! They are a little pricier than a normal undershirt would cost, but my Pepper woman’s top that I bought over 6 years ago, keeps me SO warm and I still use it to this day! They also have bottoms as well.

Shell / Casual Jacket

If you rent from Kit Lender, many of the kits come with a shell type jacket (like the navy one in the photo above or white below). 

Packing a second light(er)-weight jacket is not only good for layering, but also for times when it might be warmer during the day.

What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip - Shell Down Jacket

These are cheap additions you can pack to help you stay warm in the snow! You can get a pack of 12 for less than $20.

Snow Boots

What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip

You are DEFINITELY going to need to get some snow boots that are waterproof. I debated whether I would or not I needed to pack them, and am SO glad I did. I found these cute ones relatively cheap on Amazon

PS – the laces that come with them aren’t the best, so I bought a red pair of shoelaces that I think makes them even cuter. 

Wool Socks

Wool socks keep your feet a lot warmer than normal socks would. I got these ones because they had cute patterns and were really reasonably priced!


What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip

Sweaters are really great for layering! I packed bright and colorful ones, because I think they contrast nicely against the snow — especially for photos! The one I’m wearing is Shelly’s but I’ve linked a similar one here.

What to pack for a winter ski trip

Fleece lined leggings are great for layering under ski pants, jeans, or wearing by themselves! The fleece adds extra warmth that normal leggings don’t have. Definitely add these to your winter trip packing list!


Save yourself a lot of hassle and be sure to get touchscreen friendly ones. You’ll need heavier duty gloves for skiing, but my Kit Lender kit came with them!

Neck Warmer (Neck Gaiter or Scarf)

What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip - Neck Gaiter

If you’re skiing or especially snowmobiling, a neck gaiter is an absolute must have item! It keeps your face and neck warm and protected from the cold and wind.

Another obvious option is a scarf, but I personally am not a huge fan of them, and they aren’t great for action sports because they blow around too much. 

Polarized Sunglasses

What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip - polarized sunglasses

Snow is shockingly BRIGHT. I recommend getting a pair of polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes. I got these for less than $15! It’s smart to get cheaper ones in case they break in an inevitable snow wipe out 😉  


The dry air and sun can take a toll on your lips, be sure to always have chapstick on hand!


Again, the snow reflects the sun A LOT! Definitely put on some sunscreen before hitting the slopes! Neutrogena Hyrdo Boost Sunscreen is my personal favorite — it feels very moisturizing, but not greasy like most.


I’m sure you’re thinking “Swimsuit!? What’s she talking about?!” But let me tell ya… there is nothing better after a long day of skiing than soaking in a hot tub. Trust me, bring a swimsuit.

These are some of my favorites from Amazon.

Phone Case?

Another item I’d recommend packing on your next ski trip is a shockproof, waterproof phone case

What to Pack for a Winter Ski Trip - Skiing Phone Case

Snow is wet and the chances of you falling at least once while skiing or snowboarding are high, so better be safe than sorry and protect your phone!

What Else to Pack:

These are some essentials you might want to pack on your ski trip too:

  • underwear + bras
  • jeans/bottoms
  • pjs
  • t-shirts
  • purse 
  • glasses/contacts (if needed)
  • toiletries
    • make-up
    • brush + comb
    • razor
    • toothbrush + toothpaste
    • deodorant
    • perfume/cologne 
    • hair products
    • lotion (you’ll need it!)
    • hair bands
  • blow dryer + styling tools
  • electronics + chargers
  • camera gear (if applicable)

Hope you found this list helpful when packing for your ski trip! If so, please share with friends 🙂 Let me know if there are any necessities I missed in the comments below! 

xx Chels

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