Updated: Nov. 2, 2016
As a busy mom of two little ones and extended family three states away, I have come to know a thing or two about packing for a family vacation. My inner mountain-mom has come up with a great list of essentials for those planning a winter trip to Breckenridge.
Winter Vacation Packing List
Long Underwear– Depending on the day, you might want to double up on this. My recommendation would be to spend the extra money for higher quality (look for a fabric that wicks away the moisture) and consider your warmth and comfort the return on investment.
Warm Winter Socks– Along the same lines as long underwear, the warmth of your feet is crucial. Bring several pairs and even consider layering depending on the activity.
Winter Hat– At the risk of sounding like your own mother, please make sure your head and ears are properly covered.
Ski & Snowboard Helmet– If you’re going to be sliding on the snow, a helmet is a must, especially for the kids. (You can rent one to save money and space; some ski rentals include helmets, so just ask!)
Winter Jacket– My own story is that I never really owned a true jacket until moving to Colorado. Make sure yours is designed for alpine conditions and freezing temperatures. If you don’t already own a winter jacket, consider renting clothing from GetOutfitted. They deliver high-quality and current clothing to your lodging in Breckenridge. Everything comes as outfits, so you’ll get the jacket, pants, gloves and goggles. Read more about the GetOutfitted experience from this Atlanta-based mom.
Snow Pants– Your legs are important – make sure you’ve got a good pair designed for our climate.
Winter gloves– Knitted mittens might work in California, but think about waterproof fabrics and insulation when you pack for Breck. Mittens tend to work best for the kiddos.
Ski & Snowboard Goggles- When it’s dumping snow on the slopes, sunglasses just don’t cut it. Use goggles for the snow and wind. They can also be helpful for dogsledding and snowmobiling.
Snow Boots– Bring something with tread so you won’t slip and slide around town. Don’t have the best boots? Consider getting a set of Yak Trax for longer walks around town; however, please be courteous to businesses and don’t wear them indoors.
Sunglasses & Sunscreen– Truth be told, we have more days of sunshine than San Diego and we are closer to the sun. Bring both or buy them in Breck.
Do you wear glasses? Cat Crap is your saving grace to prevent the ever annoying eye-gear fog up as you enter buildings. It’s a rub-on wax for your sunglasses or eyeglasses. Don’t use it on goggles, though.
Swimsuit– Whether you’ve just spent the day skiing, snowboarding or shopping, the sport of hot-tubbing is a welcome addition to any vacation. Make sure you bring a bathing suit for a hot tub at your condo or vacation home. Or, you can always check out the Breckenridge Recreation Center for a dip in the pool (indoors), a trip down the waterslide or their indoor hot hubs.
Camera– Definitely one of my most treasured items. Whether it’s on your phone or you have a pro set up, you’ll want to capture all of your Breckenridge memories to last forever.
Bonus tips for a night on the town– Breckenridge is a laid-back mountain community, which means you can save space and leave your fancy clothes (and your stilettos) at home. For the ladies, a nice scarf, a little lip gloss and jewelry go a long way. Learn how to dress like a local and you’ll realize that the clothing list can be pretty simple.
Forget a crucial item at home? Take a stroll down Breckenridge Main Street and check out the many shops specializing in winter gear. We live for winter, so finding great gear is easy in town.
For those with a short attention-span, here are the essentials:
- Long Underwear
- Thick Winter Socks
- Winter Hat
- Ski & Snowboard Helmet
- Winter Gloves
- Winter Jacket
- Snow Pants
- Snow Boots
- Ski & Snowboard Goggles
- Learn how to dress for dogsledding, snowmobiling and winter zip-lining
- Check out these family planning tips from local ski moms
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