Snowboard Checklist: What to Pack for a Snowboarding Trip

Snowboarding trips are exciting and fun. Whenever you have the chance to go chase fresh snow in desirable locations, you’re in for a treat. But you need to know what to pack for your trip to make the most of it. 

I’m a lifelong snowboarder, and I love to get out in the snow as often as possible. I’ve had the opportunity to go on many great snowboarding trips over the years, and I know through first-hand experience what to pack. 

This post will give you a checklist to help you get organized and ready for your trip. I’ll give you some tips on the essentials and other helpful information. 

Let’s get packed up. 

What Should You Not Forget When Snowboarding? 

There are a few things that every snowboarder needs, regardless of ability level or type of riding you do. Consider the items in this section the essential gear you need or the things you should not forget when packing for your trip. 

1. Board, Boots, Bindings, and a Bag

If you plan to rent your equipment at the resort, you can skip to the next checklist item below. But if you are bringing your own gear along, you need to make sure you have your snowboard, boots, bindings, and a good bag to put everything in. 

If you are flying on a plane, then a good snowboard bag is essential. Snowboarding bags are specifically designed to hold a snowboard with bindings and can have room for some other equipment as well. 

Check out this post on how to pack a snowboard bag. Or watch the video for some good tips as well:

A good board will keep your gear well protected and give you peace of mind that nothing will get damaged as you travel. You can bring several boards in a bag if it’s big enough, giving you some options when you get to the location you are riding in. 

If you are traveling by car, you don’t necessarily need a snowboard bag. But you still want to make sure you have your board, boots, and bindings – or else you’ll be stuck renting when you get to the resort. 

2. Cold-Weather Gear

The other items you can’t forget when packing up for a snowboarding trip are your cold-weather gear. This includes a jacket, snow pants, gloves or mittens, goggles, socks, and all the layers you want and need.

A good snowboard jacket and snow pants will keep out the snow and cold. Gloves and mittens keep your hands warm. Goggles allow you to see. And then, you can choose whatever layers you want based on the conditions you’ll be riding in. 

3. Safety Equipment 

If you are riding at the resort, the only safety equipment you’ll need is a helmet. If you plan on riding in the backcountry, you need to make sure you have avalanche safety gear like a beacon, probe, and shovel. 

4. Off-Snow Clothing

If you are going on a multi-day trip, you also need to think about packing off-snow clothing if you plan on going out to restaurants, bars, or events after the snowboarding day is over. These items are a personal choice but don’t forget your favorites if you want them.

5. Resort Pass/Lift Tickets

You should also never forget your resort pass if you have one. You need this to get you on the lifts, and it can also help you save some money on food and other things at the resort. 

If you didn’t buy a pass, you should purchase your lift tickets ahead of time because they are always the most expensive if you buy them directly at the resort. Don’t wait until the last minute and instead shop around to find some deals.  

What Should I Pack for a 2-Day Snowboarding Trip?

For a shorter trip, you still need to pack all of the essential gear I mentioned above. You need a snowboard, boots, and bindings if you are not renting. And you also need all of the cold weather gear you want to keep you warm. 

The nice thing about a shorter trip is that you don’t need to worry about bringing a change of clothes or doing laundry, so you can pack pretty light. As long as you have all of the essentials, you should be just fine.

Other than the essentials, you don’t need to pack that much. You might want one set of off-snow clothes if you plan on going out after the first night. But that’s not absolutely necessary. You also need to remember your ski pass or lift tickets.  

How Should I Prepare for My First Day of Snowboarding?

Your first day of snowboarding will be very exciting, but it can also make you a little nervous. 

To prepare for your first day, ensure that you have suitable equipment that matches your ability level. Rent your equipment from a good shop, and they will help direct you to what is the best gear for beginners. 

You should also wear a helmet and stick to terrain that isn’t very steep. You want to take things easy on your first day, even if it’s hard not to. You don’t want to get hurt on that first day out!

Check out the video below for some good beginner snowboarder gear tips. 

What Should You Not Do While Snowboarding?

Never ride out of control or outside of your ability level. If you do, you are asking to get hurt. Also, don’t ride without a helmet. It’s a bad idea, and you risk your life if you do. 

Wearing cotton clothing is also a bad idea on the mountain. This material won’t keep you warm when it gets wet, and you risk getting hypothermia. 

Final Thoughts

Packing for a snowboarding trip isn’t that complicated. Just make sure you have all of your riding gear and cold-weather clothing, and you’ll have a great time!

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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