As most of you probably saw on the ‘gram, Matt and I just got back from an amazing vacation in Mammoth. It’s not far from LA, so Mammoth is a great quick getaway. I love it because it’s an easy drive, the mountains are beautiful, the snow’s great, and the town has some really good restaurants, shops, and hotels, which many local-to-LA snow spots lack.
But while the snow is obviously gorgeous and beautiful and all that, it’s also freezing, wet, slippery, and hard to prepare for (especially since I’m used to the piping hot sun in LA), which is why it’s essential to know what to pack when you’re headed up the mountain. And while I’m clearly no cold-weather-dressing pro, I consider myself pretty good at packing for a weekend on the mountain since I’ve done it so many times.
Read on for the staples I pack for every snow trip.
Snow Trip Staples
A WARM (& STYLISH) BEANIE
If you’ve ever been outside during a snowstorm, you know that your face and ears are more sensitive to the cold than anything else. Case in point: it’s important to keep them warm and protected. I love this wool hat because it’s cute and versatile, but also works to keep my ears and head toasty. How adorable is the little pom pom accent on top?
A COOL PUFFER
Warm, smooth, and perfect for on-and-off the mountain, this Canada Goose puffer is an investment I’m happy I made. The lining is quilted which makes it extra warm and the goose down fill is incredibly comfortable. It also features zips on the placket, pockets, and cuffs for extra insulation. I’ve also rocked it in New York, Montana – pretty much anywhere it’s cold. I know I’ll have it forever.
WATERPROOF GLOVES BY DAY/FABRIC BY NIGHT
When I’m boarding, I always pack these trusty waterproof gloves. They have a built-in system that ensures your hands stay toasty (because let’s face it – numb fingers are not fun). But by nights, I love something a little more practical, like these touchscreen-compatible gloves. They’re the perfect mix of fashion and function because you don’t have to remove them if you need to use your phone. Bonus: they’re also budget friendly.
These thermal tights by Alala are not only ideal to wear under snowboarding pants, but they’re also perfect by themselves for jaunts around town. The waffle texture is subtle and stylish and the fit is flawless. I love them so much, I’ve been pairing them with sneakers in LA, too.
THICK & TOASTY BOOTS
Normal boots just don’t work in the snow. I’ve tried ‘em all – Uggs, Hunter Boots, you name it. These Sorel Boots are built for the snow, with faux fur accents, a lace-up panel, and a waterproof, no-slip finish. Yeah, you’ll pretty much see them on everyone, but they work, and that’s all that matters when you’re braving frigid temps.
When it comes to socks, I’m pretty particular about what I wear when I’m on the mountain. I love these moisture-wicking yet supportive compression socks by Burton. They fit so well inside my boots but also work off-the-mountain under a pair of regular boots (or just for wearing around the house).
An extra-large pair of sunnies are key when you’re braving the cold. They not only keep the sun out of your eyes, but they also work to keep the cold from hitting your face. These sleek black sunnies by Illesteva are chic, practical, and currently on sale!
A WEATHER-PROOF BAG
Before you hit the slopes, consider leaving your go-to wheeled suitcase behind. Why? First, those wheels are not equipped for plowing through snow, and second – you’ll want something weather-proof so it doesn’t get damaged along the way. I’m currently obsessed with this water-resistant duffle bag. It fits just what I need, has multiple pockets and compartments, and is super-light, too.
A PRACTICAL SCARF
While I love a stylish scarf every now and then, I suggest packing a versatile snow-ready iteration like this one if you’re headed somewhere cold. A scarf is perfect for cold days and nights, and if you find one large enough, it can double up as a blanket or shawl if things get particularly chilly…or if you’re cuddled up by the fire.
A MOISTURIZING SPF
My dermatologist recommended this SPF years ago and I haven’t looked back since. It’s lightweight yet moisturizing and doesn’t clog pores. It’s also made with zinc oxide, which is the safest, most effective active sunscreen ingredient because it reflects and absorbs harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Do you have any snow-trip staples? Share them with me in the comment section below!