How to Pack Light for a Ski Trip

This post is sponsored by Kit Lender

It might seem impossible to pack light for a ski trip (especially when trying to get an entire family to the mountain with everything they need), but by using a few simple hacks, you’re guaranteed to spend less time at the baggage claim.

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1. Ship your luggage instead of flying with it

Imagine having no luggage to juggle while trying to get to your destination! If you have kids, you know you’re going to have at least one carry-on bag or “personal item” bag full of entertainment for the flight before you even tally up the number of bags full of clothes and toiletries. In addition to the hassle, all of those checked bag fees and over-the-weight-limit fees really pile up. After all of that stress, airlines don’t even guarantee your luggage will make it to your destination at the same time that you arrive anyway! So don’t worry about how to pack light for a ski trip; Why not use one of many services that exist today to ship your luggage to your resort ahead of time instead? For families with more than two bags, who are willing to ship them a few days in advance, this is the most hassle-free way to go.

2. Rent your ski clothes through Kit Lender

Don’t even think about how you’ll fit all of those bulky ski clothes into your suitcase! (And if you don’t have any to begin with, don’t worry about researching, buying, and hauling enough for an entire family!) Kit Lender makes it really easy to rent what you need for your ski trip and return it when the vacation is over. Simply shop the brands you love online, have them sent directly to your destination, and then return them in the included, pre-postmarked package when you’re done. Year after year, we get the latest styles and have never had to wear outdated ski outfits that have seen better days. We can rent as much or as little as we need (a la carte or complete kits for each member of the family), and can spend more time planning our vacation, instead of braving the crowds to shop for gear. This is the ultimate way to pack light for a ski trip. We don’t even have to wash anything before we send it off, and we can drop it at the hotel’s front desk on our way home. So easy!

3. Pack two sets of base layers and hand wash nightly

If you plan to be out in the snow all day, you’ll need base layers. Instead of packing a set for every day of your trip, just pack two per person and alternate them. Hand-wash the set you wore that day when you return to the hotel each night,and they’ll be ready to go when you need them again.

4. Use compression bags and packing cubes

Divide and conquer! You’d be surprised how much space you can save in your luggage by organizing everything into packing cubes. Making those bulky items smaller allows you to pack light for a ski trip in a way that just wouldn’t have been possible before. This method lets you bring a lot in fewer suitcases; it’s especially great for squeezing everyone’s belongings into one bag.

5. Wear your après ski attire and heaviest jacket on the plane

Let me explain: No matter how upscale the place may be, après ski is typically a pretty casual affair. You’ll even see people dining and hanging out while still wearing their ski gear. Don’t bother wasting space in your luggage with clothes and shoes you would typically wear to a fine dining establishment. Wear a nicer-than usual outfit on the plane ride (which means no athleisure wear) and your heaviest or bulkiest coat. You won’t actually have to keep this thing on during your flight, but wearing it will free up room in your suitcase for everything else. Roll it up and put it under the seat in front of you once onboard.

Tell me, how do you pack light for a ski trip, especially when taking a family of four or more?

About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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It might seem impossible to pack light for a ski trip, but by using a few simple hacks, you’re guaranteed to spend less time at the baggage claim.

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