TRAVELLING WITH SNOWSPORTS EQUIPMENT

14. February 2019

When travelling long distance for snowsports instructing work, you will come across some airline regulations and additional costs for extra weight or pieces of luggage.

Before buying an airplane ticket do a bit of research on extra charges for your luggage. It differs from company to company – maybe one will offer a cheaper ticket, but will accept very little luggage and another one will offer a bit more expensive ticket, however there might not be any extra costs for additional luggage. So make sure you compare prices and figure out the best option for you!

Be aware! After a long, international flight you often have another short domestic flight with a different company and your ticket is not connected: check baggage information of both!

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Always have your ski/snowboard boots in your Carry-on baggage – that is the most irreplaceable piece of your instructing equipment and it is one that cannot be replaced shortly. It is also heavy (there's a good chance they will not weigh your carry- on baggage)
  • Your carry -on baggage normally includes one special- sized bag (check regulations!) and one hand bag (a small backpack, a laptop bag, a purse…) that you can fill with the heaviest of your belongings. Just make sure there are no sharp objects or liquids in there.
  • You can pack a lot of clothes in your ski/ snowboard bag! That way you will protect your skies or your snowboard from being damaged by the baggage handling system and save space in your bags.
  • If you are seriously running out of space or exceeding the baggage weight limit you can always carry your jacket in hand and stuff it with the heaviest clothes you are travelling with.
  • If travelling with friends it helps if you check in as a group. That way they will calculate your total baggage weight and might overlook a kilo/a pound or two more easily.
  • Your best option while trying to get your sponsor (if you are lucky enough to have the equipment supplier) is to get you a pair of skies or a snowboard waiting for you in the country where you are travelling to.

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