Tips & How To

How to Pack a Snowboard Bag When Flying

Half the snowboard crew aboard the plane.

Recently I took a trip out to Colorado for my birthday! This trip was something crazy, but I’ll get into that in a later post. As the date approached I got several questions from my friends that were joining but have never been snowboarding in the mountains before. They were asking not only what to pack but how to pack for this type of trip as they have never flown with a snowboard bag.

We decided to fly out, flying bags gets costly depending on your airline. Generally I suggest using Southwest as they include two bags with their fare but for this trip it ended up being cheaper going a different route between multiple airlines so I traveled with ONLY a board bag and “personal item”, a.k.a. my backpack, which I do pack overnight necessities in in case the plane gets delayed or bags are lost. You don’t want to get stranded with nothing, this is good practice anytime you fly if you are not paying for a carry on. I chose this to reduce baggage costs since I traveled on Suncountry Airlines out to Colorado and Frontier back home.

There really is no right or wrong way to pack but some airlines do carry restrictions on what can actually go in your board bag. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully. All the airlines mentioned above, I have successfully traveled with my board bag packed as shown in this article.

SNOWBOARD TRIP NECESSITIES

  • Snowboard
  • Boots
  • Bindings
  • Helmet
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Jacket
  • Backpack – Great to have when riding mountains to carry water, snacks, lunch, cameras and whatever else have you.
  • 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.
  • Warm Riding 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 through 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 166cm board bag it was extremely easy to go over the weight limit.

SNOWBOARD BAG LAYDOWN

Some good rules of thumb for the large compartment can be seen below:

Snowboard Bag Laydown of main packing space.

TIP: Keep your boots at the bottom (where the wheels are) of your bag. As a result this will help prevent too many items shifting while transporting.

Now onto the smaller compartments of your snowboard bag. Remember, we have some extra gear this time due to our backcountry snowboarding plans. This gear needs to be protected properly while traveling so it does not get damaged. See the diagram below for ideas on how you can keep everything protected and packed into a safe place:

Snowboard bag laydown of ziped compartments.

Most of all I hope you can use this as a guide to help plan for your next snowboarding trip! If you have other hacks, please share them in the comments below.

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