You’ve got a board, boots, and bindings. What else may you need?

Stomp pad

Some people rely on a stomp pad, which is a piece of textured plastic that is placed on the snowboard, between the bindings. It may be useful if you’re starting out, but over time, you may discover that you don’t need one.

Luggage racks and travel bags

While you might be able to get by with putting your board in the back of the car or truck, you may end up needing something else to transport it, especially if you take several people to the hill with you. A roof rack of some sort can free up valuable space inside the car. If you fly, you’ll need some sort of travel bag. (Hint: There’s a good reason the wheel was one of the first things human invented.)

Waxing and tuning tools

Ski/snowboard shops as well as most ski areas will perform some maintenance on your snowboard for you, including waxing it and tuning the edges. But some people prefer to do these tasks for themselves, not only to save money, but to take another step in pride of ownership. If you take the do-it-yourself route, you’ll need tools for sharpening, deburring, and waxing your board. Setting yourself up for do-it-yourself maintenance will have a financial cost, plus you’ll have to find space for it at home. But you can also get financial and other returns from going this route.

Even if you don’t any maintenance work yourself,  you should probably carry a small screwdriver with you on the hill, to adjust your bindings.

Locks for your snowboard

Theft can be a problem, especially if you paid a lot of money for your board. Skiers can store one ski on one side of the day lodge and another on the other side. It’s primitive, but it’s better than nothing. What can snowboarders do?

You could buy a lock. It’s not foolproof, but it may be better than nothing. Or you can use an equipment check facility on the mountain. You may also wish to enter your snowboard in the Snowboard Registry, a free on-line service to help stop snowboard theft and to prevent stolen boards from being stolen. It requires a serial number, so it may not be useful to you. But if your board has one, consider using it. It’s an indirect method of dealing with theft, but one that may be worth using.

Travel checklist

Finally, a travel checklist offers some useful, related information. It is suitable for both day trips and long-distance travels. Modify it to suit your situation and preferences.

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