Are you getting ready to pack for an upcoming ski vacation? Whether you’re packing for yourself, or packing for the whole family, it’s really easy to end up packing way more than you’ll actually use or need. When we are going to be away from home for a few days, we want to make sure that everything we might need is going to be available to us.
• Take a minute to think about what you really need and make a list. If so, this will mean that you can throw a load in the washer at night during downtime, instead of having to take up loads of extra space by packing more. Packing smart and tight means that you’ll likely not have to pay fees for extra weight in your bags at the airport. Focus on packing for the specific activity you’re going to enjoy (as opposed to taking every piece of gear you have), and pack accordingly.
• Are you going to be on the slopes all day, or helping your kiddo on the bunny hill? You don’t need to take wax for your board if you’re planning on skiing, or your headphones if the aim of the day is to spend time teaching your daughter basic skills. It may not hurt to pack a couple of hand warmers for if her fingers start to get cold, though.
• Do not forget socks! This is one item where it never hurts to pack extra and then some. Cold or blistered feet are miserable, and you don’t want to be wishing for a nice dry pair when you’re on the mountain. If you end up needing to make a change, you can always throw a couple of pairs in your bag and go grab one.
• Have you ever been on vacation with family or friends when downtime rolls around, and everyone is plugged in on their tablets, phones or laptops, as opposed to interacting with each other? You might think this over and opt to leave some of those things behind. A lot of the enjoyment of vacationing together is getting to interact when everything is chill– those are the conversations and laughs that you remember. Consider leaving all the extra electronic devices behind, taking pictures in the moment, and then getting to remember what a good time it was once you upload everything back at home.
Once you’re packed and ready to go, focus on the aim of the trip. If you’re “vacationing,” hopefully it’s something you LOVE. It sounds funny, but vacationing can also be stressful at times. Just remember that it’s about the memories and the people and decide ahead of time that you’re going to go with the flow. Bringing your excitement and positive vibe can help you focus on making the whole experience a good time. Now, the only thing left to do is go. Get out there and have some fun!