“Where are Freya’s skis?” I can’t tell you how many times we’ve arrived at the ski area only to realize we’ve forgotten something. The list has included everything from my boots, kid’s skis, someone’s gloves, a jacket, etc. Somehow packing for a family of four seems to have pushed us beyond our ability to remember everything or anything for that matter.

In my former racing days, I would always pack my bag the night before so as to not encounter the dilemma of arriving to race the best in the world and not having a key piece of equipment. (Although my first major win did come after forgetting my ski boots at the hotel and having to rent some god-awful rental boots for my morning inspection…) I still have nightmares of arriving at the start of the Olympics to realize I’m standing in the start in just my underwear. Thankfully, that never happened.

Now we’ve upped the ante and have transitioned into the phase of packing for two kids. In an effort to avoid having to raid the “lost and found” bucket every time I forget something, I’ve decided it’s time for the old checklist. Even us old hats need some reminders.

Here’s a look at our checklist…and yes, I need a pack horse.

SKIS
BOOTS
POLES
HELMET
GOGGLES
GLOVES
JACKETS
SCARF/NECK GATORS
BOOT WARMER BATTERIES
SKI PASSES
HATS
SUNGLASSES
SUNSCREEN
EXTRA DIAPERS
EXTRA WIPES
BABY BACKPACK
SNOW BOOTS
MONEY
CHANGE OF SOCKS
EXTRA CLOTHES FOR LITTLES
SNACKS
MENTOS…LOTS OF MENTOS

MOST IMPORTANT:
WILLINGNESS TO THROW ALL PLANS OUT THE WINDOW WHEN THE MELTDOWN HAPPENS BEFORE EVEN REACHING THE CHAIR LIFT OR GONDOLA.

 

Cheers to a day on the slopes and all the joy it brings!
-Caroline