A travel checklist for your snowboarding trip

Some Grays on Trays travel with a lot of stuff. Others don’t. Your needs travel depending on whether you’re making a trip of one day or several days, whether you’re driving or flying, whether you’re traveling alone or with others, and many other factors. If you find a checklist useful in getting ready–and some people do–here’s something that you can use as a building block. Adjust as desired.

The obvious

  • Snowboard(s) with bindings
  • Boots
  • Wallet / credit card / season pass


  • Screwdrivers / other tools for adjusting bindings
  • Small knife (for scraping ice off binding plate)
  • Duct tape (you never know!)

Neck and head

  • Helmet
  • Balaclava or ski mask
  • Sunscreen
  • Ear muffs, headband, or hat (including beanie)
  • Goggles (optional: replacement lenses) or sunglasses

Arms and Hands

  • Gloves or mittens for use while riding
  • Extra set of gloves or mittens for driving (if your riding gloves get wet)
  • Wrist guards or gloves with built-in guards
  • Leather palm covers for using rope tows
  • Hand warmers
  • Elbow pads

Feet and legs

  • Boots
  • Boot / glove warming packets for on-hill use
  • Boot / glove dryer for overnight use
  • Socks
  • Knee pads
  • Impact shorts
  • Shin guards

Parking Lot Essentials

  • Cardboard sheet for standing on while changing
  • Folding table to sit in while changing into or out of boots
  • Tailgating supplies: food, drink, etc.
  • Plastic bags (put them over your feet if the parking lot is especially muddy)


  • Snow pants
  • Snow jacket
  • Fleece / shirt
  • Base layer / thermal underwear

For your car

A lot of riders get to the mountain by car. Here are some things that might be useful for the trip.

  • Flashlight
  • Snow shovel
  • Blanket
  • Tire chains
  • Map or gazetter
  • Snacks
  • MP3 player or other forms of music

On-mountain enjoyment

  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Backpack
  • Trailmap

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