Packing Your Car for a Snowy Adventure


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If you’re anything like us, when the snow begins to fall in the mountains, you immediately begin dreaming about your adventures in the upcoming winter season.

The first few flurries signal the perfect time to figure out your gear transport options, so you’ll be ready as soon as the lifts open. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your gear organized and in great shape from your driveway to the snow and back.

To Roof Rack or Not to Roof Rack

The first decision you’ll have to make is whether you want to carry your gear on a roof rack.


  • Frees up space inside the car for people and gear.
  • Gear is easy to load and unload.
  • Rooftop storage can be useful year-round.


  • A full roof rack system can be expensive up front.
  • Racks and snow gear can cause loud wind noise while driving.
  • Road spray and salt can damage your gear.

Packing Your Car

If you decide to pack your car full of gear, here are a few tips for maximizing space and keep things in order.

  • Start with a clean(ish) car.
  • Make a list so you don’t forget anything.
  • Pack in reverse order (i.e. put the things you’ll need first in last).
  • Make sure you don’t cover your winter car emergency kit.

Packing Snow Gear in Car

  • Keep your ski or snowboard boots inside the main cabin of your car. This will keep them warm and soften the material.
  • Keeping your goggles at a neutral temp helps take care of fogging.
  • Bring garbage bags for wet clothes on the way home.

Packing Snow Gear in Car

  • A Thermarest Z-lite works perfectly for protecting your ski/snowboard from dings and scratches and your car from cuts and water, not to mention it’s perfect for staying dry while sitting on the snow.
  • Keep a snowbrush accessible to get rid of excess snow before repacking your car.
  • Always bring a towel.
  • Tarps or other waterproof barriers are helpful for keeping the rest of your car dry.

Have more tips on packing your snow gear? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.