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How to Pack Your Ski Equipment for Flying

Mar 5, 2008
Have you ever gone on a ski trip not knowing how to pack your luggage only to find out that the stuff you brought is going to cost you extra money? This can add a lot of unwanted stress to your trip and take out a chunk of your spending money while on vacation.

Knowing how to pack for your trip in advance can take care of the extra stress and won't cost you that much needed spending money.

The first thing to do, when flying with your ski equipment, is to know the airlines policy on sporting equipment. Most airlines allow you to substitute you equipment for one piece of baggage though weight might be an issue since most airlines only allow 50 pound for each bag. The overweight limit amount is usually around 25 dollars extra per bag so pack wisely. You don't want to have to buy an extra seat just to fit your luggage on board the plane.

Many airlines allow you to pack one set of skis, boots, and ski poles as one bag even if tagged separately. Speaking with an airline manager is going to get you the best information. Some airlines suggest purchasing a special bag to place everything in and it will help to make checking your bags a lot easier when the time comes. This will also help you know how much you can put into this bag so you will be able to check the weight at home and you will know if you will be required to pay the extra expense of your baggage being overweight.

Here are few suggestion when packing your skis in that ski bag. You don't want your skis rattling around or damaging your poles. Wrapping your skis in bubble wrap first then wrapping a pair of ski pants and your ski coat will give the protection and room for more clothing in your other bags. Your boot bag is also a good place to put your helmet, gloves, scarves, and hats also allowing more room in your other luggage.

You will not only need the equipment needed for skiing but your clothes can play a role in how much you pack. Many think that you will need to pack an over-abundance of clothes, but keep in mind how often you will be on the slopes.

If you plan on being in the snow most of the day then only a few pieces of clothing will be needed for the rest of the time, this will allow more room for all the rest of your gear. Because there is so much you need to wear while skiing to keep warm, you will want to practice packing everything. This will help you to eliminate the unnecessary articles of clothing allowing room for gear such as sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes, special ski sock, hats, and sunscreen. You would not want to forget the essentials at home and have to pay the resort price which can be costly.

I know from personal experience that the time spent packing my ski gear before hand makes for an easier and more enjoyable holiday.
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Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It is one of the fastest growing on line travel websites. To see an example of why Direct Holiday Bookings is growing so rapidly have a look at Holiday Villas
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