Packing Tips for Skiers from Warm Climates

While you plan the logistics of a ski vacation in Vail, Colorado, take a moment to consider the environmental conditions you will find in the Rocky Mountains. Your friends at RentVail want to help you get the most out of your vacation so we have compiled the following packing tips to help you come prepared.

Daily Essentials –

Wherever you travel, there are certain routine essentials that you will need to take with you. Although some of these items may be provided, it is best to bring anything you use daily with you. Some examples include: toothbrush, toothpaste, cleansers, moisturizer, nail clippers, nail file, deodorant, fragrances, shampoo, conditioner, shaving supplies, hair accessories, hair dryer, cosmetics, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, eyeglasses, contact lenses and solution.

Safe and Secure –

When travelling into unfamiliar territory, it is easy to get disoriented and to lose track of important things. Why not email yourself and your closest contacts a copy of your itinerary? Be sure to include the names of contacts, businesses, addresses, phone numbers, and confirmation numbers for all of your planned activities. It’s a good idea to designate one place to keep your airline tickets, driver’s license, credit cards, traveler’s checks, cash, health insurance cards, travel insurance documents, and other crucial documents.

Stay Healthy –

Because the average elevation in Vail is 8,150 feet above sea level, it is important to understand the effects and treatment for altitude sickness. To ensure that the focus of your ski trip will be fun and excitement, plan to take it easy for the first day or two that you are in the mountains. If you can spend a night in Denver on the way, where the average altitude is 5,820 feet above sea level, it will help your body adjust gradually. Drink a lot of water and avoid drinking alcohol at first, and use standard over-the-counter treatments to relieve symptoms of headache, loss of appetite, tiredness, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. In a day or two, your body should be adjusted. If you have a serious health condition, consult your physician before finalizing your arrangements.

Dress for the Slopes –

Temperatures in the mountains can be very cold and can change rapidly. The best strategy to stay warm and dry is to wear a base layer, a middle layer, and an outer layer. The base layer should consist of non-cotton tops and bottoms. The middle layer should be fleece to trap your body heat. The outer layer of a ski jacket and ski pants or overalls should be waterproof and well insulated.

Experienced skiers also recommend covering your head, ears and neck with non-cotton garments. Thick, waterproof gloves and glove liners and wool-blend waterproof socks are essential. Be certain that you have a full range of motion and that your ski boots fit correctly.

Off the Slopes –

Don’t forget to pack clothes for other activities. While checking out the local shops, special events, or visiting restaurants and bars, you will need to wear layers with a warm winter jacket, gloves, and warm insulated boots.

Your friends at RentVail wish you a safe, memorable ski vacation. We hope that these tips help you stay warm and dry while you explore Vail. For information about affordable accommodations with a personal touch, browse our listings at