7 SNOWBOARDING ESSENTIALS
Summer is fun. But you’re a snow junkie. We get it. Before you head out though, make sure you have a few things in your pack, pockets or car, so you’re prepared for a trip that’s action-packed and worry-free.
WHAT TO PACK BEFORE YOU HIT THE SLOPES
Even if it’s overcast, the snow will bounce back the light right into your face. Be protected and avoid a gnarly sunburn with full-spectrum 50+ SPF for your face (and also your lips!). Pro tip: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect sunlight to protect your skin from UV rays which can be more intense at higher altitudes. So, skip the “chemical” sunscreens that work best for the beach, but not for the mountains.
2. EXTRA LAYERS
Be ready for any shift in weather. It’s better to be too hot than too cold (you can always take layers off). So, be sure you dress with extra layers, so you can adjust as needed.
3. FREE® P4
The frictionless FREE® P4 is compact, portable, and clips easily to your belt or stows in your pack, so you’ve got a go-to multi-tool at the ready. At only 8.6 ounces, it won’t weigh you down. It features 21 different tools that can all be accessed without opening the tool. Need to open up some snacks, sharpen edges, or adjust your bindings? No problem.
4. HIGH-QUALITY GLOVES
Don’t skimp on this one. The best gloves for snowboarding should combine warmth, wind and waterproofing, let you use them easily, and hold up to rugged conditions. Like socks, be sure to pack an extra pair (or two) in case one pair gets damaged or wet or you *cough* accidentally drop one on the lift. Pro tip: A pair with a wrist leash could be a lifesaver.
5. INSULATED CANISTER
You’ve just done all this work to heat up some soup or a hot beverage, and Mother Nature has completely undone it with windchill. Keep warm things warm with a Thermos or something similar. Pro tip: Keep things hot even longer by preheating your container with boiling water.
6. COMPASS & MAP
Don’t rely on your phone GPS (you may not have a signal). Go old-school and pack a reliable compass and up-to-date resort map in case you get off the trail.
7. TOE AND HAND WARMERS
Avoid frostbite in your extremities (or just get that toasty, warm feeling) by packing a bunch of toe and hand warmers.
READY TO SHRED!
All that’s left to do once you have your essentials is to go bombing downhill. Like we needed to tell you that…