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Essential guide for travelling with ski and snowboard equipment

So you've waxed your skis, purchased your insurance and pre-booked the lift pass. All that's left to do is throw everything in a suitcase and head for the airport, right? Big mistake: taking a careless approach to packing ski and snowboard equipment is a recipe for disaster. Brush up on these snow holiday packing tips and be confident that you've got everything you'll need to get you from the slopes to après-ski...

1. Buy the right luggage for the job

There’s nothing more depressing than sitting on a plane, waiting to take off, with nothing to look at but your ski and snowboarding equipment being thrown around with careless abandon. Finding the right bag for your skis or snowboard can help minimise any potential damage that might befall your snow gear. If it’s a short trip to the mountains, consider basic ski or snowboard bags with a shoulder strap, but for long-haul holidays think about buying something sturdier, especially if you’ve got connecting flights. If you’re staying for a week or more, opt for a ‘coffin’ style bag which will provide extra padding and more room for the gear you might not be able to cram into your suitcase. These usually come with wheels, which can be a godsend if the bag’s full. Do you really want to pull a muscle before you’ve even hit the slopes?

Skyscanner luggage suggestions:

Salomon's Extend Ski Bag

is lightweight, stylish and costs just £45*. For the boarders, there’s **[Burton’s Gig Bag](https://www.snowandrock.com/p/burton-gig-bag-I4144030.124.html)**, which costs £75. The best bit? The strap at the bottom can be used to attach the bag to a skateboard. Hey presto – a DIY wheeled snowboard bag! Improve your slope-style credentials with Burton’s camo-style **[Wheelie Board Case](https://www.ellis-brigham.com/products/burton-wheelie-board-case/803501)**, which will fit two boards (or two pairs of skis) with bindings and boots, with lots of space left for other essentials. At £190 it’s slightly more expensive than non-wheeled bags, but in reality you’re getting a very large suitcase. ![Burton board bag](https://content.skyscnr.com/5f1c303fbdc6160e8eaadfb35e96d524/burton.jpg “Burton board bag”) ##2. Rack or box? Get protected Strapping your kit to the roof of the car with bungee cords might well save you cash, but it’s a recipe for disaster. Luckily roof racks and boxes don’t need to cost the earth, and they’re incredibly easy to fit, too. After all, reading thick manuals about how to fix roof racks to cars isn’t our idea of a good time, and we’re sure it’s not yours, either. It’s also important to remember that while you can easily spend thousands of pounds on certain models, many offer features you won’t need, such as alarms or hi-tech release systems. Racks are generally cheaper and lighter, but you’ll need to pick the best roof rack or rooftop box for your personal needs, depending on whether you’re carrying skis or snowboards. It’s also worth bearing in mind that racks offer less protection from the elements, along with dirt thrown up from the road’s surface, and in winter roads are often sprayed with salt, which is bad news for the metal edges of your beloved skis or snowboard. **There are several advantages to a box:** easier access to your gear, more room for other kit, and the ability to stash either skis or snowboard inside. Some models are so roomy you could literally throw the kitchen sink in! ###**Skyscanner box and rack suggestions:** **Thule** are to ski boxes and ski racks what Apple are to iPods. Their super sleek **[Motion XT M roof box](http://www.halfords.com/motoring/roof-bars-roof-boxes/roof-boxes/thule-motion-xt-m-roof-box)** is one of the most popular options for winter sports fans, and although we’re not in the habit of lusting after roof boxes, it’s pretty darn sexy, too. With a price tag of £435, it’s got room for a couple of pairs of skis or snowboards and has been designed so that your car boot is still accessible, even when it’s mounted. ![Thule Motion XT M roof box](https://content.skyscnr.com/7b14a6cc2827b4585b4b3be7267f6c01/th.jpg “Thule Motion XT M roof box”) [![Search for flights for ski holidays now](https://content.skyscnr.com/39cca198103ff6f7832a1f702e4c62ea/packing-ski-snowboarding.png “Search for flights for ski holidays now”)](https://www.skyscanner.net/news/deals/cheap-flights-ski-holidays/) ##3. Check airline fees for equipment before you book Make sure you research the cost of ski or snowboard carriage before booking your flight, whether you’re booking cheap flights to France or splashing out on flights to America’s best ski areas. If you don’t, you could easily end up spending the cost of the ticket on carriage costs – money you’d much rather be spending in that slope-side après-ski bar in Val d’Isère. Budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet charge for transporting gear, whereas some airlines like BA or Swiss Air will accept skis and snowboards as part of your normal baggage allowance. Find out more with **our guide to [ski and snowboard baggage allowances and fees](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/ski-and-snowboard-carriage-airlines-ski-baggage-allowance-compared).** ![Check airline fees for equipment before you book](http://content.skyscnr.com/ff17ea680750800376f6edf350ec59dd/GettyImages-100887529.jpg “Check airline fees for equipment before you book”) ##4. Get savvy, start space-saving Those enormous clunky ski boots you hate trudging through the snow in? They’re actually wonderful space-savers – stuff your socks, pants and beanies into them and you’ll soon find you’ve got more space than you know what to do with. When you’re packing boards or skis, make sure you fold the bindings flat (or remove them entirely – it only takes a second) and make full use of the space between them. Use helmet straps to attach your headgear to rucksack, and choose your hand luggage carefully. Europe’s best ski resorts (Tignes and Verbier are particularly notorious) might well be filled with designer handbag-wielding, fur coat-clad A-listers, but that Chanel tote has no place in a ski resort. Instead, double up when it comes to carry-on luggage, using the rucksack you’ll be wearing on the slopes. ###**Want more money and time saving tips like this straight to your inbox? Sign-up for our free weekly newsletter**👇 ###**Planning on hitting the slopes this winter? The following guides have been designed with skiers and snowboarders in mind:** ###[**The best ski resorts for late season snow**]( https://www.skyscanner.net/news/10-best-ski-resorts-late-season-snow-spring-skiing) You can save huge amounts of cash by heading to the mountains in March or April, and these resorts will have still have plenty of snow. ###[**10 lesser-known ski resorts**](https://www.skyscanner.net/news/secret-skiing-10-lesser-known-french-ski-resorts) Keen to avoid the crowds? Head to one of these resorts. ###[**Top 10 things to do in Porto**](https://www.skyscanner.net/news/its-snow-time-10-stunning-places-go-skiing-pictures) If picture-perfect alpine vistas are your priority, these resorts are for you. _Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on [flights](http://www.skyscanner.net), [hotels](http://www.skyscanner.net/hotels) and [car hire](http://www.skyscanner.net/carhire)._
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