Despite my blog post at the start of the month claiming that if you want to travel on a budget you need to travel hand luggage only, there are obviously some trips where that is just not possible. A ski/snowboarding trip is one such example, unless that is, you plan to hire absolutely EVERYTHING in resort … and lets face it, that doesn’t exactly constitute budget either.
So in the case of snow travels, it actually pays to buy that extra luggage and take you own gear. Personally, I have always gone 1x hold luggage between 2 persons (unless hold luggage is included in the price of the flight) so that cost are still kept on the low side. With little over a week until I hit the slopes for the first time this season, I thought I might just give you a quick peak as to what I shall be taking with me, and carrying on my back around the mountains.
9. Water-2-go bottle
A new addition to the bag admittedly, but the water-2-go bottle is a product I am looking forward to testing whilst in France and Slovenia. Water and food are always needed when on the slopes, you need to keep but your energy and hydration levels up. I’ve been told that with this bottle I can pack snow into its filter and that nice clean water will be produced. Beats having to pay extortionate sums for a bottle from one of the slope side bars, plus I’m unlikely to run out now right?
10. Documents – EU welfare card + insurance
Last, but by no means least! My travel insurance documents could be the most important thing in my bag.
Thankfully, I have never had an accident whilst travelling which has required medical attention (or I have just soldiered on when I really should have gone to the Dr’s). Others haven’t been so lucky though, and I know the risks. Travel insurance which includes winter sports extends to more than just your welfare though, it covers you if the slopes close, if you hire gear is stolen or broken. It’s really important to have, and doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Obviously my EU welfare card comes with me because I will be snowboarding in the EU this year. If ever the dream of boarding the Rockies somewhere comes true, it can stay at home.
So that’s it really, just a quick look into some of the key items that come snowboarding with me. No massively shocking items in there, but hopefully the odd bit of helpful info.