Travel Hack – How to Pack a Snowboard Bag

Recently I took a trip out to Colorado for my birthday! Ayayayay! I was able to hit up Chelsie on my trip too! It’s always fun to catch up and ride together when able. This trip was something crazy, but I’ll get into that in a later post.

However I did get a lot of questions from some my friends that were joining whom have never been snowboarding in the mountains before. Newbies! But hey, we all gotta start sometime right? They kept asking what they need to bring, what to pack and not only that but HOW to pack.

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Thank them, for that is the reason for this post. Now, since I flew and flying bags gets costly depending on your airline I traveled with ONLY a board bag and “personal item” a.k.a. my backpack. I chose this because I traveled Suncountry Airlines out to Colorado then Frontier back. NeitherΒ of which include a board bag so it was extra. There really is no right or wrong way to pack but here are some good tips you can use.

UsualΒ Snowboard Trip Necessities:

  • Snowboard
  • Snowboard Boots
  • Snowboard Bindings
    Sometimes I take multiple boards so I need to be sure I have the proper bindings)
  • Helmet & Hat
  • Gloves
  • Jacket
  • Backpack
  • CamelBak Reservoir
    My favorite, they have a lifetime warranty! Well worth the extra money.
  • Insulated Hose
    My pack has the hose exposed, this keeps it from freezing.
  • Snowboarding Socks
  • Snowpants
  • Under Armour Cold Gear Leggings and Tops
    These are my favorite! Super warm, fitting yet flexible so I have lots of space to move under my gear to maneuver throughΒ those tight trees.
  • Toiletries
    Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, all that jazz.

Backcountry Necessities:

  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Beacon

Alrighty here’s the skinny, we gotta get this all into one board bag under 50lbs! While packing I discovered, bigger is not always better. With a 166 board bag it was extremely easy to go over the weight limit. In the future I will be purchasing a shorter bag so as to not be tempted to fill it plump full. Some good rules of thumb for the large compartment can be seen below:

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Don’t forget to keep your boots at the bottom (where the wheels are) of your bag. This will help prevent too many items shifting while transporting.

Now to the smaller compartments. Remember we have some extra gear this time for backcountry boarding and this gear needs to be protected properly while traveling. See the diagram below for ideas on how to keep everything protected and packed into a good place:

Frozen-Or-Thawed-Board-Bag-Packing-Breakdown-Pockets.png

I hope this helped you pack for your next adventure. If you have any other packing hacks, let me know! I’d love to continue to reduce the amount of space I need.

Kaitlyn

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