12 Snowboarders Share How They Pack Their Boards and Gear

Everything you need to pack for a season of snowboarding requires a lot of serious planning, because who would want to ruin their next snowboarding holiday?

To improve how we pack our bags, we have talked with 12 experienced snowboarders and asked them to share their best advice.

Read on and learn from their best tips and tricks (all the snowboarders have lots of experience, so they know what they are talking about!).

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The 12 Experts

Alexa Hohenberg
A city girl from London, born and bred, I learned to snowboard aged 11 on a ‘boy’s school’ trip to France (somehow I wrangled myself on this trip as the only girl!). I remember thinking I was a total bad-ass with my baggy pants and stickers on my board. I was instantly hooked, mostly because of the rebellious nature of the sport at the time (early ’90s).

Since those days I have competed on the World Ticket To Ride (TTR), British Nationals and multiple other small events. Competing wasn’t for me as I preferred the more creative route of film and photography. In 2005, I produced the first women’s snowboard movie ‘Snow Balls’ and then went on to build the women’s action sports platform StillStoked.com. I am also a professional mechanized heliski/catski guide and avalanche professional, working in Japan each winter.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

For me, skincare has come a real focus of my kit in the mountains. Using natural, mineral sunscreen with zinc to protect my skin and also making sure I have multiple lip balms with zinc, in all pockets, to protect my lips.

I’ve gone really ‘less is more’ and quality over quantity as I started to spend more time in remote areas of the mountains, having had to hike to get there. I always have good quality down (pants, jacket, and vest) as well as a decent treated down sleeping bag.

I recently got molded foot bed. My peers couldn’t believe I was only getting them at this stage in my career. I’m not sure if they have helped my snowboarding! An airbag has also been a big ticket item that I can not live without. I was one of the first to get the electric Jetforce ones that run off a battery (1st generation). The weight of it was like lugging a car battery up the mountain with you. I ended up sending it back to Black Diamond after it wouldn’t charge at the start of the third consecutive winter with it. Not great if you’re in the mountains relying on your gear.

Useless stuff? I laugh when I see people wearing anything cotton, especially long hoodies that soak up the snow and stay wet all day. That’s a bad call that will not only end in a soggy day, but it also looks like you wet yourself.

How do you bring things with you?

I use a 45-removable airbag system (RAS) Mammut pack. I absolutely love this pack. I can do overnight trips with it (sleeping bag, food, camp gear, etc) or use it for guiding or days riding resort.

I have a Douche Bag snowboard bag – I love this because it is the lightest snowboard bag on the market and oversized weight with my gear, is always an issue.

I also travel with an O’Neill wheelie bag. I need to upgrade this as the bag itself is too heavy. I will be looking to upgrade it to one of those Patagonia duffels that are water resistant.

Even though I am RUTHLESS with my packing (two pairs of socks for the whole season?), I still think I carry too much. As a surfer who spends the rest of her time in a bikini, I get pretty stressed with the amount of stuff I have to own and carry as a snowboarder. But as a guide, this is my job so I can’t complain.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

My first tip would be to throw out everything that is cotton from your bags. This includes your cotton underwear. It’s heavy and has no practical uses in the mountains other than socking up moisture and making you cold and miserable.

Get good quality, thin socks. Not many people know that think socks actually keep you warmer.

Invest in good quality thermals. These you can also wear out on the town. I really like Mons Royale thermals and I wear them out all the time!

Puffer down vest is one of my must-have items. It keeps the important part of your body warm on extra cold days while not reducing your ability to move your arms!

As for getting out the door and not just dreaming about it, I would say don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Many a false step was made by standing still. The timing will never be right. Conditions will never be perfect. But to not start, to think “one day” I’ll do that. That, my friends, is a disease that will steal your dreams from under your nose. So today, if you have a dream: To build something, be something, make something, go someplace, learn a new skill… whatever it is, take that first step. Inaction never made shit happen, & what we fear most is usually what we most need to do. Dream big.

Much love x

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David Zemens
Born & raised in Michigan, currently just north of Grand Rapids area. I was introduced to skiing over Christmas holiday, 1990, and took up snowboarding in 1993 or 1994.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

Flying East to West as I do, it’s not uncommon for a flight to land late in the evening, 10 or 11 pm. By the time you get transportation sorted, it might be too late to grab a six pack or whatever, or God forbid you arrive in Utah on a Sunday when all the state stores are closed. So I usually pack a pint or two of beer, or a flask of whiskey as an insurance policy.

If you like to ride with music, I’d suggest getting a standalone MP3 player, they’re really inexpensive these days, and if you use that instead of streaming music on your cell phone, your cell battery should last a lot longer.

How do you bring things with you?

I have an older Dakine Poacher bag that is my primary pack. It’s suited for touring, but I just use it to carry all my clothes or whatever from point A to point B. It is big enough to hold a 4-5 days of clothes and a laptop, but still fits in an airline overhead bin.

If I’m flying, I have a Dakine Tour snowboard bag that’s big enough to fit two to three boards, one pair of bindings, one pair of boots, and all of my outerwear & socks. I usually strap my helmet to my backpack. It’s roomy enough, and TBH if there was more room in it I’d just end up overstuffing it and exceeding the weight limit, getting charged more to fly with it. So, I think it’s a good size.

My board bag does not have wheels, which isn’t an issue if I’m lugging a single board but if it’s loaded up with three boards + outerwear, I regret not investing the extra money in a wheeled bag.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

Pack ALL of your outerwear in your board bag. With few exceptions you’re going to get charged for the extra/oversize bag anyways, so make it count. I can fit three boards, one pair of bindings, one pair of boots, snow pants + jacket, multiple pair of gloves, socks and base layers and keep it under 50 pounds.

I’m probably guilty of this, too, but a lot of people pack too much stuff. Make sure you’ve got plenty of clean drawers and socks but you can probably get by on half as many t-shirts as you originally packed, and unless you’re on an extended vacation, a single pair of jeans or maybe two should be enough.

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Alex McCann

My name is Alex McCann and I am an Australian living in Whistler, B.C. Living in Australia there is not much snow, so when I experienced snowboarding for the first time, I knew it was a lifestyle I wanted to pursue. A few years later, I applied for a Canadian Visa and moved here on a working holiday Visa for a snowboard season. After four winters in one of the best ski/snowboard resorts in the world, I couldn’t be more stoked on the decision to move here.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

Top 3 things I always bring:

  • Extra hardware. This includes extra mounting screws, extra bindings screws, extra bindings parts (like toe and heel straps) and a small snowboard tool. You never know when something might break and if where you’re going has the parts needed to repair it. That’s why I always pack a few essentials so that I’m always able to repair my own gear should disaster strike. Plus, all these things together really only add 1kg or so, so it’s not much extra stuff to make sure you’re prepared;
  • My own transceiver. If you’re riding pow, hitting some resort side country or going touring it pays to take your own transceiver/beacon. They are so small and lightweight that adding it to your luggage is just so easy and can mean so much when you do need to use it. The last thing you want when you need to use your transceiver, only to find you have no idea how it works;
  • A headlamp. Just in case you decide to stay up the hill to watch sunset and need to ride out in the twilight. It’s also wicked if you plan on going night skiing. While ski resorts light up the runs really well, the trees are only dimly lit. With a headlamp and the ambient light from the resorts lights, you can safely head into the trees and get some night-pow!

How do you bring things with you?

The best way is to check baggage limits and take advantage of all the carry-on you are allowed to take for “free”. With carry-on you are allowed a personal item and a bag. That means you can take a backpack with your travel essentials in it plus a small roller, duffel bag or another backpack with clothes/outerwear in it.

For me personally, I use the Burton Wheelie 190cm snowboard bag. This fits all my snowboard gear, outerwear and split boarding equipment all while staying under the usual 23kg mark. I then use the Burton Backhill Duffel Bag Small 40L as a carry on bag. It just fits under airlines allowances and allows me to pack all my clothing for my trip. Then as a second carry on, I use my split board backpack, the Burton Tour 31L Backpack which holds all my travel essentials like passport, wallet, water bottle, laptop, headphones, book etc. Then when I’m where I need to be, I can use this bag for touring and on the hill!

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

How to pack light – think about re-using items. For example, you can get great mid layers these days that look great with jeans/plants for apres and going out. That way you can take half as many jumpers, sweaters and layers. Another tip is to get all an mountain snowboard or skis. With one board or one pair of skis, you free up so much more space for other items and don’t use up your weight limits quickly.

I see a lot of snowboarders leave their bindings on their board while travelling. It does take a little time and effort to take them off then re-mount them when you arrive, but they can get bumped around in transit and cause damage to the mounting screws or hardware.

Another one is roller bags vs. over the shoulder snowboard bags. Always go for the rollers. They are super convenient for navigating airports, train stations, car rides or anything else you encounter on the way to the hill or resort. An over the shoulder bag just gets so heavy and cumbersome, really quickly.

Another great tip is to always ask for a fragile tag if you’re using an airline. If you get one of these on your bag, your luggage has a better chance of being treated with respect and might actually be handled the way our luggage should be.

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Matt Garehan
My name is Matthew Garehan and I grew up in the small state of Delaware. I still reside in Delaware but adventure outside of the state when I can! I became a snowboarder at the age of 11 years old when my father (skier) took me to a small Mountain in PA. I was hooked from the start and continued to love the sport of snowboarding. I continue to work within the snowboard industry at the Ski Bum in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

A big thing for me is having two pairs of goggles on the east coast. Vision on the east and west is the most important. Not being able to see in the various conditions can make or break a day. In snowy conditions, I use a more clear lens such as a pink prizm from Oakley. Among two pairs of goggles are a good pair of slippers. Going from snowboard boots to snow boots on snowy days isn’t always the most comfortable. When driving long distances for a POW day comfortable slippers are essential! One last thing I bring is a rug/ door mat. After a long hot spring condition day a rug is essential to step on in the mud and put on some comfortable driving gear without messing up the interior of your vehicle.

How do you bring things with you?

Most of my destinations to ride are within driving distance. A big sized rooftop box is the way to go to hold enough boards in your quiver for any situation. I have personally used Thule and Yakima boxes for multiple vehicles. Rooftop boxes opposed to flat racks close and ensure your boards will not get messed up by rocks on the highway. It is essential to keep boots out of the rooftop box or your feet will freeze the rest of the day.

When traveling on a plane, a padded travel bag is very important to ensure the boards in your quiver do not get crushed by other bags. It is also helpful to throw some towels and other soft goods in the padded bag for extra cushioning during flight. I use a Dakine padded 167 cm bag to hold my boards. It can fit up to four decks and two sets of bindings without going over weight (50lbs) on a flight.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

One top tip i would give is to arrive to the mountain with Base layers and a shell pant or bib on. This will ensure that you get out on the mountain in a faster manner. Another tip is layer is always better than having insulated gear. You can always take layers off but you can never take insulation out of your gear. Shell pants and shell jackets are easily effective with light, mid, or heavy weight thermals. Having a water proof shell will keep dry, lightweight, and maneuverable.

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Alex Wilson
I’m from the UK, I’m sadly still in the UK right now and I became a snowboarder because I was a skateboarder as a kid and after a few years of skiing thought it looked cool. Also, James Bond did it at the start of View to a Kill so that convinced me!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

  • Multiplug with a euro adaptor on it. I do lots of filming and have loads of stuff that needs charging after a day on the mountain so with a multiplug I can charge four things at the same time;
  • Leatherman / Swiss army knife. From fixing dodgy / scary French electrics and plumbing to trimming toe nails they’re really handy – but put them in your hold luggage;
  • I’ve been boarding for about 20 years now and still take knee pads. They tend to just be the soft volleyball ones but they stop you from getting cold knees when you’re waiting for others and if you catch your edge they take a bit of the pain off. No one knows you’re wearing them!

My girlfriend at the time accidentally slammed her thumb in the car door at the airport, which then went purple and put her in agony as the pressure increased as we went up the mountain. At the top, I used my swiss army knife to pierce her nail to relieve the pressure. Blood must have shot out at least 6ft. It was nasty but needed to be done.

How do you bring things with you?

I’ve got a couple of old DaKine bags that I’ve been using for years. Huge board bag that I bought for my season 15 years ago that let me carry a few boards and a load of stuff and a big holdall that zips in half. I have no idea if they still make either but mine are still going strong. Board, boots and bindings in one, pretty much everything else in the other. My board bag didn’t turn up one time I went to Switzerland so I was lucky that most of my stuff was in my holdall. I figured the board bag is the most likely thing to miss a flight so make sure you have enough in both bags so you don’t miss a riding day if either goes missing. Hiring a board and boots is much easier than getting a coat and pants. Oh, and I also have a very old Burton rucksack that must be about 20 years old, which I still fly with even now. They made them well back then. Think I might upgrade to a DaKine Heli pack this year though. Socks get stuffed in your boots to save space and sunnies and goggles go in your helmet to protect them.

I tend to wear my heaviest weather jacket to the airport if I’m going to be tight on weight restrictions – and shove heavy things in my rucksack as they never seem to weigh that.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

I’ve gradually got better at packing lighter but it’s still good to cover all eventualities. I used to take a second board to cover that potential powder day but it got so little used I stopped. I also used to layer up with a sweater on top of my base layer but that got a bit bulky so I now just take a hoody for apres and go for a single base layer. A coupe of pairs of snowboard pants have been slim lined to a single pair now. I used to use the system that the night before’s apres t-shirt was the next day’s riding shirt but I’ve ditched that for proper thermals. Merino wool is great for packing light as it doesn’t smell so you can get a couple of day’s wearing out of it.

As for getting out the door in the morning I find getting out of bed a real bind, however, once I’m up and I’ve had a bucket of coffee in my face, I’m rearing to go. Putting contact lenses in and covering my face in lotion (always in that order) gets me ready for the day and by the time I have my jacket and pants on I’m so hot inside I really need to get out onto the mountain to cool down.

I remember one of my mates getting woken up by the avalanche cannons going off in Chamonix and he knew then that a fresh dump had fallen overnight and he was first out the door. Not a bad alarm clock!

At the end of the day though, I work for a ski holiday company, I deal with ski imagery all year round so even when it’s baking hot outside, I’m still thinking of getting back onto the snow.

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I’m currently living in the Los Angeles area, and I’ve been snowboarding for around 20 years. I never grew up in the snow but when I was in college, my brother introduced me to the sport and I instantly fell in love. I snowboard mostly at Mammoth now, but I used to live in Colorado and have snowboarded all over.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

I’m more of a budget traveler, so I bring a small insulated bottle so I can take up coffee or hot chocolate on the mountain (I ride with a backpack). With it I usually bring instant coffee or hot chocolate so I just need hot water from the lodges and I make my own, since food and drinks can be expensive on the slopes. Not only do I save money, but on a super cold day it is nice to have a warm sip on the lift! Helps to keep me going on those frigid days.

I always bring a towel and leave it in the car when I ride. After a long day on the mountain on the last day of a trip, the last thing I want to do is drive 5+ hours back home in sweaty clothes. I’m used to changing clothes at the beach so I have no qualms about doing a full change of clothes underneath a towel at the car and get into some clean clothes for the drive back home. My friends also appreciate me being in clean-smelling clothes too! Then after I use the towel to wipe off the board so it doesn’t rust in the bag.

In my snowboard pack, I keep a pair of foldable ballet flats (Sidekicks Women’s Foldable Ballet Flats with Carrying Case). They are lightweight and don’t take up any room. I use them in places I stay, but I mostly use them on the mountain when we take lunch breaks or just go in for a bit. I like to ride with snowboard boots that are very tight-fitting, so as soon as I get off the snow I need to take the boots off and let my feet rest. But I don’t want to walk around the cafeteria or the bathroom in just my socks (ew!) so I slip on the ballet flats and walk around in those. The more comfy my feet are the longer I can ride.

I can’t recall any useless things I’ve seen people bring.

How do you bring things with you?

I have a small Dakine snowboard pack that I ride with. It’s perfect and doesn’t bother me at all when I ride. I have my bottle, Camelbak, snowboard tool, coffee/teas, snacks and candies, extra goggles and usually an extra article of clothing.

For local trips, my snowboards are in Dakine snowboard sleeves where I can usually stuff my outerwear and my boots in one, and my tool kit and backpack in the other (I usually travel with two snowboards). My street clothes are packed in my Patagonia black hole bag (I have ones in various sizes depending upon the length of the trip), which is great because the bags are waterproof. If I’m getting on a plane then I have a heavy duty Dakine roller bag that I can fit a few boards and tools in, and I also have a Dakine roller duffel type bag that fits everything and is amazing with so many different compartments.

I’m pretty anal about packing so within my clothes bag I have packing cubes where I separate clothes based on street versus snowboarding. That way if I get to a location and head straight to the slopes, I know exactly where everything is and I don’t have to go digging. I’ve been using these bags for years and years and I can’t think of, or find, a better system to pack.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

I always find out if there is a washer/dryer where I’ll be staying. If so, I pack really light and do laundry there. On longer trips, I do laundry the day before I leave so my clothes are already clean by the time I get home. I have all my snowboard gear and clothes set up and ready to go at a moment’s notice so I don’t have to think about what I’m going to wear and dig in my closet and look for it. Once I get home from a trip, I do the laundry and then pretty much pack my snowboard stuff as if I’m going to go the next day (except for my snow clothes which are hanging in my designated snowboarding closet to dry out). All my snowboarding clothes go back into their packing cubes. Then when I do actually go, all I need to do is pack a few street clothes and I’m done. Also, most of my snow clothes (outerwear) are compressible or pack really small. I’ll even throw them in a big ziploc bag and take the air out so they compress even smaller. Saves a lot of space and also if they end up wet you can just throw them in the bag and they don’t get everything else wet.

Some things I’ve seen people do when packing is just to throw everything in the bag, no organization. It’s a little annoying especially when we go straight to the mountain and it’s a powder day and you have to wait for someone to look for a glove they lost in their bag or their neck gator or something else. I also see people pack a ton of stuff that they just never need. It’s good to be prepared but there’s also a limit.

Adam Sharps
I’m from the south of England, a little village near Brighton.

Currently living and working in Bristol for a Ski and snowboard instructor company “SnowSkool”.

Start off as a skier when I was a kid, used to go for a yearly family holiday. My older brother took snowboarding up when he was about 18, so sibling rivalry dictated that I had to follow suit and take it up too. Started riding at 16, been doing it ever since!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

  • My Gopro Camera – Whether I head to the park, off-piste with friends or into the trees, I want to capture these great moments to share with friends;
  • Personal Tuning Kit (wax, ptex, iron, scraper and multitool) – I want to be able to keep my snowboard running smooth no matter the conditions; sharp edges for piste days/hard pack conditions, well waxed for speed, and ptex to repair those unfortunate scraped and dents that can occur when riding in the park and off piste. Like any equipment, the more you take care of it, the longer it will last and the more you will enjoy using it;
  • Avi kit – A lot of ski resorts nowadays have some sort of out of bounds or controlled off piste. Avi gear is the only way you’re going to be able to safely experience this terrain. It’s usually the best terrain on the mountain, so definitely worth investing in!

Worst thing you see people bring…. Jeans or track pants to ski in. Horrible……. horrible decision.

How do you bring things with you?

Usually travel with a Quiksilver “Reach” suitcase and a DC “Claimer” snowboard bag. Wheels on these are a god send.

Usually pack all my day-to-day things in my suitcase and pack my boarding gear in the board bag. Have been riding so many times now I’ve managed to get my packing system down to a tee and always tend to have just the right amount of space for my gear.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

  • Plan for the worst weather, that way you are prepared for the best. Although the weather forecast looks sunny and warm, mountain conditions change, so may sure you have suitable layers that allow you to cope with varying conditions;
  • Bring two goggles lenses, one for bright conditions and another for flat light. There is nothing worse than being caught out in heavy mist with a dark lense or having the full strength of the sun hitting your eyes though lenses with very little sun protection;
  • No matter whether you are planning on going on your own or with friends, get something booked. It’s very easy to keep putting something off or getting distracted with others excuses. If you want to go, book a trip, even if that means going on your own with an organised improvement course/lessons for the week.

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John LaPlante
I grew up in western Michigan, where there’s plenty of snow, and I had two Snurfers (predecessors of the snowboard). But since I was never any good at riding them, I soon lost interest in sliding on the snow and didn’t try again until my late 30s. That’s when my in-laws invited me to join them on a ski vacation. At the end of three days of lessons, I was skiing down some easy trails in Colorado. A few years later, I moved to Minnesota, bought a season pass at a small hill, and quickly got bored of skiing the tiny terrain. So at 40, I tried snowboarding.

Learning how to ride a snowboard was hard work, starting with using a tow rope and getting a sprained wrist during my second lesson. I sought out all the information I could about snowboarding and then started a website to translate the information I was able to find into language adult learners could understand. Over time, I got proficient enough to become an instructor, and my interest in writing about snowboarding has taken me on trips across North America, from Alaska and California in the west to Quebec and New Hampshire in the east.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

  • The most unusual thing I bring with me is a pair of gloves with Flexmeter wrist guards built in. I don’t always wear them, but they give me some extra peace of mind;
  • Another thing that I made sure to take is a neck gaiter or two. A little chill to the face can make for a miserable outing;
  • And I’m particular about bindings, preferring either Flow models or the K2 Cinch. I just hate having to deal with the straps on the typical binding setup, so I often take one of these bindings with me and put them on a demo or rental board if I don’t take my own;
  • May I suggest a fourth item, though it’s entirely conventional? A small pocket tool with a screwdriver. I’ve been on the mountain once or twice when I could feel the binding swivel beneath me, and that’s never a good feeling.
  • The most useless things to bring? Clothing that doesn’t work with the weather you’re experiencing, whether it’s too hot or too cold. Another useless item: a book that you don’t have the time or energy to read on a trip.

    How do you bring things with you?

    If I’m driving to my destination, I put my gear in a Sterilte plastic bin. If I’m flying and taking my board, I’ll use a Burton bag with wheels. I’ve filled it up with the board, boots, and all my clothes, and then I use a carry-on for my phone, computer and so forth. But sometimes I will try a rental or demo board, so I’ll usually pack my bindings and everything else in a standard suitcase.

    And no, I never do feel like I have as much stuff as I would like, but that’s true of any trip I take, not just for snowboarding. As for organizing stuff, I tend to roll my clothes rather than fold them up. I have a toiletries kit, but otherwise, nothing in my suitcase gets a separate compartment.

    What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

    1. As far as it is possible, store your snowboard-related stuff in one spot so you don’t have to hunt through the house or a storage unit for it.

    2. Compile a list of what you will or might take (perhaps on a notecard) and store it with your gear. You probably won’t take everything you own with you, so a card should spell out the essentials.

    3. Dress in layers, of course, but wear your outer layer two days in a row. First, wear it to your apres activities and into the evening. Then wear it on the slopes the next day, changing it after you shower at the end of the day. This practice helps you cut down on the amount of clothing you must take.

    4. If you can spare the space, take a second coat to wear off the slopes; you may feel more civilized that way.

    5. For a day trip, consider putting a folding chair in your vehicle. You can use it to boot up in the parking lot rather than carry your boots to the lodge.

    6. At least once in a while, take a lesson, even if you’re an experience lesson. You’ll get a guide and tips for making your riding smoother and more confident. I’ve often gotten a private lesson at the price of a group one.

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Max Parrot

I’m from Bromont, Qc. I started snowboarding at the age of nine and I can still remember my first day riding down the hill. The adrenaline of riding side ways is so sick it became my passion right away! What i love the most about snowboarding is that you are still learning new tricks everyday even after 10 years.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

  • My earpods! Music is really important for me when I ride! I think it’s so much fun!
  • Some Melatonin because it is helping me to get rid of jet lags haha!
  • My foam roller to stretch before going to bed!

It is funny, I have seen people bringing an Xbox while traveling… Come on man, let’s snowboard and hang out !

How do you bring things with you?

I have a backpack, luggage and a boardbag! All from Thule. I used to bring so much stuff while traveling and then realized I was wearing only 20% of it so I reduced a lot and now there’s lot’s of place in my luggage!

Also, I have a big collection of boxers and socks in my luggage because I don’t want to make laundry when I travel! But don’t worry , I still have to do it sometime when the trip is more than two weeks!

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

When you come back from a trip, take a moment and see what you have been using or not. Then, you will know what is necessary on your next adventure.

There are just benefits from it! You carry lighter, pay less luggage fees, don’t bring stuff for nothing 😉 haha

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I’m from Australia but currently living in Queenstown, New Zealand. The first time I tried snowboarding was in Chamonix, France. I had five days of lessons and hated it! I just couldn’t get the hang of it. On the last day of our holiday, my husband begged me to do a run with him and at that moment, it all clicked and fell into place. I have been hooked ever since. Snowboarding is a major part of our lives these days – my husband and I have done two snow seasons, the majority of our holidays are snow holidays, we live in a snow town and we even have a travel blog called The Snow Chasers!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

The top 3 things we bring:

  • a pocket tool: a tiny gadget but super useful! We use it to fit our bindings and to adjust them if needed whilst on the mountain. Especially on a powder day when you sometimes want to set your bindings back;
  • a luggage scale: so many times we have been caught out with overweight luggage, a very costly exercise. It’s easy to do when you have snowboarding equipment. A luggage scale has been a lifesaver;
  • small foam roller, tennis ball or croquet ball: on snowboarding holidays, we snowboard for more hours and days in a row than we normally would. It’s normal that our muscles will get a little fatigued. Having a small foam roller, croquet ball or even a tennis ball to massage out those tight spots really helps with recovery.

Probably the most useless thing that we see people bring on snowboarding trips is formal clothing. Things like suits, dresses and heels. Mountain towns have a whole different vibe to them – they are casual with relaxed attire. Not saying that people don’t care about how they look, they definitely do, but if you dress like you would in the city, you’re going to look out of place. Plus heels and snow are a bad combination!

How do you bring things with you?

We are definitely not light packers – I think it’s pretty hard to pack light when you have sporting equipment with you. But, we have gotten it down to a fine art. Here are our essentials:

  • Dakine High Roller Bag: we use this because it is a thicker bag so we can get two snowboards in there along with all of our gear. One of us has this bag and then the other person has a regular suitcase;
  • Kathmandu Shuttle Bag: this cabin sized bag fits so much in it and is light too so it helps with your allowance;
  • Kathmandu packing cells: a game changer. Packing cells are great to keep things organised and will help you save room.

My main tip for packing is to keep things organised. Put all of your snowboard things together, your casual clothes together, and your underwear/socks together. That way you don’t have to unpack everything just to find a certain item you are looking for. Also, keep all your precious items and a basic set of clothes in your hand luggage – just in case your luggage is lost.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

My biggest tip for snowboarders (and skiers) is to know mountain code. Respect others and respect the mountain.

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Daniel Rim
I am from Melbourne, Australia and still living here now. I was introduced to the snow well before I could walk and have been in some way involved ever since. I came across form skiing to snowboarding when I was 16 and never looked back!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

Three things I bring with me snowboarding:

  • Number one would have to be headphones, pretty common I guess but not an essential part of snowboarding. Nothing like a couple of good tunes to get you in the right mindset to try something you probably shouldn’t!
  • Number two would have to be a portable USB charger. The cold plays havoc with your phone battery as most boarders will know, a small, handheld USB charger will revive your dead phone and keep it running even when it’s freezing cold. There is nothing as frustrating is getting your phone out to film something and it going flat mid clip!
  • Lastly, and this is a bit of a strange one, but my thermal bottoms. They’re these old Kathmandu ones that my mother bought me when I was about 14 years old, somehow they still fit (kinda) and I’m way too superstitious to not wear them. Haha.

How do you bring things with you?

I feel like I’ve got my bags pretty well down pat now. When I first started travelling alone around 18 years old, I was doing it on a shoestring budget and have gradually gotten better at it.

I use a Burton Wheelie Gig Bag in the 166cm length. None of my boards are this long but it gives me a tad extra room for things like helmets and other bulky items. I get everything I could possibly need to snowboard in my board bag. Multiple boards, couple of pairs of bindings, socks, pants, jackets, helmets, boots, gloves, goggles, neckwarmers and even wax and waxing irons. This then leaves my other clothes bag (a Burton Convoy Roller) less cluttered, and only needs to carry my regular clothes. I do take my backpack with me also as carry on that has things like headphones, laptop, GoPro etc. I’ve found this is the best way to break all my stuff up and ensure that I’ve got everything I need at all times.

What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

I’ve found that especially for travelling snowboarders.. limit yourself to two boards. A twin and a powder option, depending on your destination. I always get caught in the trap of bringing too many boards and thinking I’ll want to ride them all. I always end up riding just a couple or even one!

The other thing I love about snowboarding is where you get to go and what you get to see. Something I see other snowboarders not doing when travelling is getting involved in the local culture, and I certainly fell in that trap initially also. The first time I went to Japan many years ago, all I wanted to eat was chicken parma’s and steak and stuff.. now when I go I’m up every morning at 6am to nude up and get in the Onsen, then eat a traditional Japanese breakfast.. It’s so much more rewarding!

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Kelly Clark
I am originally from the east coast, now I live in California. I have been competing in snowboard events for the last 20 years, been to five Olympics and almost 20 Xgames. I love dogs and I am also an author, “Inspired” pursuit of progress. I grew up in a small mountain town and fell in love with snowboarding before it was cool. I deferred from College to go to my first Olympics and the rest is history, I guess.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all snowboarders bring?

I always travel with my own pour-over coffee maker and beans, I bring a foam roller with me on most trips and a laundry bag. Life on the road doesn’t have a lot of room for consistency, so by bringing my own coffee I can make anywhere feel like home. You never know what type of coffee machine or lack there of you will find in rental places, so it saves the day often. Traveling can be pretty hard on your body and the foam roller can help you adjust upon arrival, after a long day of snowboarding it comes in handy as well. The laundry bag just keeps things where they need to be in my suitcase and it doubles as an extra bag to check if I come home with more than I anticipated.

How do you bring things with you?

I travel with three bags. The Burton Annex backpack. It has organization of everything, interior pockets for keys that I don’t open when traveling so my car keys never get lost, lined pockets for sunglasses, side water bottle pockets and computer storage with side entry so I never have to take my bag off to get my computer out at security.

My go-to suitcase is the wheelie double deck. It opens like a clam shell and has one more storage compartment. I put all socks and undergarments in the storage compartment, then all shoes, laundry, coffee, toiletries and miscellaneous on the top half then all clothes on the bottom half. It makes it so I can only bring so much. If I have too many clothes to fit in the bottom half I am bringing too much. I stick to that amount of stuff and it keeps my weight down on the airlines. Also, that extra storage compartment is good for last minute stashing at the airport as it opens from the outside. Also, all Burton bags have skateboard wheels with bearings so they never lose a wheel, I have never lost one and I have now 1.3 million flight miles flown. Also, if anything did happen Burton has a lifetime warranty so you can sleep easy on your flight knowing your bag will be good no matter what happens.

For a board bag, I use the wheelie locker. It has a board sleeve compartment underneath for extra boards. I pack my outwear first then put my board on top of that to keep the bulk down. Then boots go on the boot cube that comes with the bag and then in the other cube I put all my hats, gloves, neck warmers, etc. Then my helmet lives in-between my bindings. If I am low on space I will through sneakers in my snowboard bindings to save room. The top compartments of the bag are for my on hill backpack probe shovels etc. I always bring an extra backpack so I don’t have to switch my carry-on bag to be my on hill bag every time I get to a new place.

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What are your top tips for other snowboarders?

Keep it simple, you need less than what you think. Don’t over pack your board bag so it does not overwhelm you on your travels, and make sure your board back has wheels, you will thank me later. One thing I love is my strap that comes with my duffel bag. There is a six-inch Velcro strap and a D-ring by the handle. I use it to hook up my board bag handle and pull them both as a train, it limits the weight that I have to pull and makes long haul travel a breeze.

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