Traveling with your snowboard seems all fun and cute until you have to find the right bag. And once you’ve found it, you still need to figure out how to pack your things efficiently.
To be fair, there are no miracle solutions, and you may still not be able to pack everything you need when your bag is too small.
If you spend a lot of your vacations traveling for snowboarding, it’s more than evident that you should keep reading. We’re going to get you through the basics of snowboard bags and some tips on how to pack them before you go on vacation.
What essentials should you pack for your snowboarding?
These are only of a couple of things that you cannot do without when traveling for your snowboarding. You can add to the list, for sure:
- Snowboard (dah!)
- Snowpants and warm socks
- Cold gear leggings and tops– you should get the info about what works best on a snowboard vacation
- Toiletries essentials: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, and everything else you cannot live without
Here are some other items that you may find useful:
- A backpack– When you also plan some hiking, don’t hesitate to get a bag for carrying your snacks, water, lunch, or other small items you may need
- Insulated hose-you don’t want the water to freeze, so an insulated hose is more than a good idea
- CamelBak reservoir– it’s always worth to pay the extra buck
It’s still a good idea to go over some avalanche safety checklist, especially when you plan to ride outside your ski resort boundaries.
What to consider when buying the snowboard bag?
Don’t get cheap when it comes to your snowboard bag, especially if you like traveling a lot. When you get a cheap snowboard bag, the chances of having to buy another one soon are quite high.
Here are some tips to remember when selecting:
- It doesn’t have to be significant to be right for you
You need a bag that accommodates your snowboard the best way since you don’t want much shifting happening inside the container. All snowboard bags are significant, but you shouldn’t buy one that is way bigger than your snowboard. A huge bag is also going to allow overpacking, which isn’t the best idea. You don’t want to pay the fees for the extra weight when flying, do you?
- How do you plan to use it?
You should think about how you’re going to use the snowboard bag. Even if the snowboard bag may provide generous space for storage, it may still not be a good option as it’s too difficult to carry.
Do you plan to travel by plane a lot? Are you going to use the bag for storing? Is traveling by car a good idea? These are some of the questions you need to answer before choosing your snowboard bag.
Which type of bag should you choose?
There are two main types of snowboard bags that you can check for your traveling:
- The shoulder bag
You carry it on your shoulder, or you can hold its straps. Needless to say, you’re going to be the one taking the weight, so make sure that you don’t overpack.
For a summer trip, the shoulder bag is a great choice to consider. Not only that it’s affordable, but it also fits the board snug, protecting it from dust and nicks. It’s big enough to fit your boots, snowboard, and bindings when traveling by car.
Keep in mind that the shoulder bag doesn’t provide much storage space, so it may not be the best choice when flying.
- The roller bag
If traveling is your cup of tea, you most definitely need a roller bag. Typically, it comes with numerous features (clothing pockets, boot pockets, and even separators for several boards) that increase its functionality. At the end of the day, it’s all about the money you want to spend. The more you pay, the more features you should expect on your bag.
What tips to remember when packing the snowboard?
Let’s assume you’re traveling far away by plane and you need to have your bag under 50lbs. Here are some suggestions to not forget:
- Place the boots at the bottom end (where the wheels are found) of the pack. It’s going to reduce the shifting during transportation
- When you have backcountry gear, you also need to protect it throughout your traveling. The chances are that you paid a lot for it and you don’t want to damage it.
- Don’t forget about airline baggage policies. It’s going to take some trial and error until you nail it. You need to check the airline policies for traveling with the snowboard and baggage policies- they change frequently.
- Make sure that you remove or secure any long straps, since they may get caught/rip throughout transportation
- Zip your bag (it should be done effortlessly)
- If you’re using a lock on the bag, it has to be TSA-approved, as the TSA officials may have to unlock it and check your luggage once again safely
- Make sure that you choose a company that allows two bags when booking your flight. Some airlines also have strict regulations about the number of boards you can pack in a bag, and even on the items, you can pack along with it. For instance, some companies don’t allow you to pack the toiletries and clothing along with your snowboard.
One last piece of advice before you book your flight!
You need to do diligence and find out about the restrictions and rules of the airline company you’re going to travel with. It’s your responsibility to be informed; it’s your money when paying the fees for the extra weight! You don’t want to end up opening your snowboard in the airport, trying to find a solution for the bag.
The rule of thumb is that packing your snowboard gear in just one bag is going to cut down the baggage fees nine times out of ten. And once you come back from your trip, you can store your snowboard and accessories in the bag throughout the off-season.