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Packing for Your Cross-Country Ski Trip

Travel Light

Most travelers pack too much. As a guideline, your checked bag should be no larger than 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and weigh no more than 50 pounds.  Your carry-on bag should not exceed 46 linear inches and weigh no more than 11 pounds.  VBT will handle one checked bag per guest and one carry-on bag per guest.

Please remember that there is no luggage portage when meeting your VBT representative at the airport and transferring to the first hotel. Therefore, the more you pack, the more you have to carry around. You may also want to leave some room in your bag for souvenirs and gifts.  VBT recommends that you use the performance ski equipment that we provide to you on tour.

VBT will provide porterage for one duffle bag or suitcase per person during the guided portion of your vacation accompanied by your trip leaders.

Packing Your Bags

Before packing your bags, we suggest you check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov for a detailed list of permitted and prohibited items, and tips for packing and travel.

Carry-On Bag 
As a guideline, we recommend packing your carry-on with a full change of clothes; toiletries (please check the TSA website for liquid size restrictions); any prescription drugs; your camera; any breakable items. A money belt is also recommended to keep your passport, credit cards, travel documents, and valuables together and safe. 
 
Checked Bag 
We recommend packing all of your clothing and gear in one duffel bag or suitcase, which should not exceed the size allowed by your airlines. Attach luggage tag with your name, address, and contact information.

To reduce the risk of damage to your luggage, please do not lock your bags when checking in for flights. The TSA screens every piece of checked luggage. Baggage- handling agents may require access to the contents of your luggage and will break locks as required. TSA Accepted and Recognized Locks are available. (For details on locks visit: www.tsa.gov/travelers/customer/claims/protect.shtm#locks.)

Clothing

Ski Clothing

When skiing and participating in outdoor winter activities, it is best that you dress in layers that can be put on and taken off during the day as temperatures change. We recommend polypropylene, lightweight wool and similar synthetic fabrics which wick away moisture.  In addition to the jacket, pants, hat, gloves, balaclava, and long underwear that you will be using for skiing, we recommend bringing a dry change of clothes to put on immediately after your ski.  Warm winter boots are also recommended for other activities on tour, such as sledding, snowshoeing, winter walking, and dogsledding.

Other Clothing

In general, the attire on our trips is functional and casual. For a dinner or a special event a smart-casual outfit is recommended.

The following list contains the items we recommend you bring with you on tour. 


CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

__ Ski hat
__ Ski gloves
__ Polypropylene long underwear top
__ Polypropylene long underwear pants
__ Warm wool or synthetic socks
__ Windbreaker ski pants
__ Lightweight ski jacket
__ Ski vest
__ Balaclava or scarf
__ Water bottle and/or thermos 
__ Water bottle belt or carrier
__ Sun glasses
__ Sun screen
__ Winter boots
__ YakTrax or other snow traction footwear
__ Headlamp 
__ Daypack size backpack to carry full change of dry clothes for after your ski
__ Skis (optional)
__ Ski boots (optional)
__ Ski poles (optional)

* FREE use of cross country skis, boots, and poles are included in your tour. Choose skate skis, classic skis, or no-wax classic skis when you book your tour.

Make sure you bring proper warm clothing layers to ski in especially chilly, wind, or wet weather. It is a possibility that there can be rainy days and lower temperatures in the mountains, so it is necessary to have layers of clothing that will keep you warm and dry.

OTHER
__ Casual or collared sports shirts or blouses
__ Casual sweater or fleece top
__ Casual trousers, khakis, and button-up shirt for men 
__ Pants or skirt; top or blouse; or dress for women
__ Sleepwear
__ Socks and underwear
__ Swimsuit
__ Swim cap 
__ Sandals or other shoes
__ Indoor slippers 

Add to this list: toiletries and personal items; your passport; travel documents; emergency contact information such as credit card company, bank, and your physician’s phone number; any prescription drugs you take on a regular basis; camera; alarm clock; electric adapter; cell phone.
 
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