By: Brad McNally
It doesn’t matter if you are heading cross country or just across town to hit the slopes, you still need to prepare for the trip. This can easily become the most stressful part of the entire trip, but it doesn’t have to. These 5 tips can help you keep the traveling simple so you can get to what is really important - shredding!
- Know Where You’re Going
This sounds simple, but no one wants to spend their time in the car driving in circles while they could be on the mountain. Make sure you have good directions and a good map (or GPS) and know exactly where you are heading. Find the quickest route that makes sense and get to the mountain so you can start enjoying your trip.
- Little Things Make a Big Difference
During almost any trip, it is easy to leave behind something small that you realize you need the minute you get just far enough away to not turn around. I once forgot my wallet (including ID and money) and didn’t know until halfway into a fourteen-hour drive. The easiest way to make sure your trip goes well is to pre-pack anything little that you may need. This includes a snowboard multitool, rub-on wax, or even just an extra pair of gloves and a hat.
- Plan Layers Well in Advance
Obviously warmth is a concern when heading out to the slopes, but don’t forget about layers. By selecting proper layers, especially the ones closest to your skin, you can be sure that you don’t get too warm while out on your board. It can be a simple process, but if you forget to pack the proper clothes, you end up spending money while on your trip to replace what you already have at home.
- Pack Items Thoughtfully
It is easy to let your gear end up all over your house if you are storing it, but keeping it all in one place and using a solid snowboard travel case will make it so you can get on the road quickly. Putting your boots in the case as well will mean less to worry about finding them before you head out. You can even attach the case directly to your roof rack.
- Don’t Overthink It! Just Have a Good Time
Planning for a trip is a lot of work, but don’t forget why you are doing this in the first place. As you prepare to head toward your favorite ski resort, just look forward to the experience you are going to have and remember to enjoy it.
Do you have tips that would make a snowboarding trip go better? Let us know in the comments!