List of essential items to pack for a ski trip, including clothing, equipment and gear, and accessories. Skiing is perhaps the most customizable recreational sport, and so it is important to plan ahead in order to ensure a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable ski trip. Regardless of one's experience level, a checklist can come in handy time and time again. Let us address some of the skier's main concerns and needs in an anatomically organized fashion.
We begin with the head region, an area that must be protected and comfortable. The most basic skiing need is a good hat. The majority of one's body heat is lost through the head, and so a warm hat can easily prolong the skier's day without compromising visibility, aerodynamics, or comfort. There is an endless variety of options, but a classic wool snow hat is a timeless standard. As skiing can become quite costly, one need not search for anything ?special? as far as the hat is concerned; look for a snug fit, inoffensive style, and ear coverage if desired. A growing school of skiers, particularly advanced ones, have come to favor a ski helmet, which comfortably harnesses a pair of goggles and offers uncompromised cranial protection.
Next are ski goggles, which run the gamut of pricing. While not an outright necessity, any decent pair of ski goggles will enhance visibility, cut glare, reduce windburn, accommodate contact lenses, and prevent the skier from squinting his or her way down the mountain. Again, no need to break the bank; my $20 Uvex goggles are more than sufficient. The tint hue, typically rosy or yellow, is simply a matter of personal preference.
Depending on where one plans to ski, other items can ensure facial warmth and further reduce windburn. ?Ear gear? is essentially a sleek, nylon, headband-style set of earmuffs. It is stretchy and unobtrusive, and guarantees that one's ears will not be agony. Similar face shields of the same material are also available. These face shields typically feature a Velcro closure behind the head, and cover one's nose, mouth, and cheeks without hindering respiration. Depending on the skier's mettle, experience, and fortitude, ear gear and a face shield can easily make or break a skiing trip. The mountain's lodge and/or pro shop will likely offer them, but at a considerably greater cost. Relevant to these facial considerations, lip balm, tissues, and eye drops can also come in handy.
Moving downward, a scarf always comes in handy for protecting the rather sensitive neck region. It can be of wool, cotton, fleece, or any other preferred fabric. Most households own scarves and need not shop for anything overly special. Of course, it is ideal that the scarf complement one's coat, the next checklist item. The coat should ideally be filled with goose down, and should feature elasticized waist and wrist cuffs to prevent snow from violating one's warmth and dryness.
Next is an integral component of any true ski trip, the ski bibs. These resemble your basic snow pants, but feature additional durability and insulation, as well as an interior lining that fits snugly into one's boots to form a makeshift seal. One may opt for pants instead, which are typical of snowboarders and play the same role, though I have always preferred the additional support and dryness offered by the bibs. Again depending on where one plans to ski, thermal underwear is a good item to consider. Ski bibs and coats are bulky by nature, and a thin, durable, cozy layer of long johns can go a long way toward the skier's comfort. A thermal shirt and pants should be sufficient.
As far as feet are concerned, wool socks cannot be stressed enough. Ski boots are drafty and cold, and so a double layer of socks is a worthwhile thought. Hot pockets can also be of benefit, both in one's boots and in one's gloves, another checklist item. Gloves come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, but a waterproof shell is really the only necessary feature.
There are a number of miscellaneous items for a skier to attend to, as well. Skis and boots are, of course, important to check off of a list (unless one plans on renting), as are credit cards, cash, any desired sustenance, traveling directions, etcetera.
Skiing offers a seemingly endless number of considerations and customizations, but careful consideration and foresight can ensure a safe and enjoyable time. I urge you to make yourself a checklist about a week in advance and add items as necessary. Happy trails!
Attractively applied eye makeup can make the most of your natural features to bring you second and third admiring glances.
If you would like to experiment with eye makeup, but aren't really sure how, here are a few ideas to help you get started. Remember that the general rule of usage is that makeup should subtly accent, not emphasize, your natural features. You may want to ask a friend to show you how to try these techniques:
1. Try eye lightener. This creamy product can be applied under your facial foundation to lighten the areas around both eyes. It is especially helpful for hiding dark circles or concealing the hollows that sometimes appear around your eyes when you have been ill or haven't been sleeping well. In fact, this product sometimes is called a "concealer." Depending on your complexion and skin tone, the lightener may have a soft violet shade or another hue to coordinate with your natural coloring and diminish dark shadows in your facial structure. 2. Brighten with colorful eye shadow. Use a cream or powder shadow on your eyelids in colors that coordinate with your complexion, eye color, and outfit. Soft, muted tones for daytime wear or smoky hues at night can bring the dullest eyes to life. Try a range of colors from pastels to charcoals on your eyelid and along the brow bone to bring out your best feature. You also can use neutral tones for around the eye or between the lid and brow. Light colors tend to make small eyes look larger. 3. Add eyeliner. Sometimes called an eye pencil or sold in small bottles with brushes that seem to paint on this cosmetic, eyeliner can lengthen and shape your eyebrows, line your eyelids along the lashes to make them appear fuller, and add definition to your eye size and shape. The product comes in several colors, from black to light brown. Avoid using a heavy or very dark shade. Instead, choose a tone that is closest to your own brow and lash colors. When painting on eyeliner, be careful that it doesn't come on too thick and appear unnatural. 4. Match mascara to your eyes. Mascara is a cosmetic that is applied with its own brush and used to lengthen or thicken your eyelashes. Generally it is best to select a color that is close to your natural shade of lashes. Going too dark or too light can make your eyes appear artificial or extreme, which may be right for a party but not necessarily for work. Never use commercial hair dyes to change the color of your eyebrows or eyelashes. To do so may cause serious injury or with some products, blindness. 5. Don't forget the tools. Use tweezers to pluck unwanted hair from around your natural brow line. You can use a hair removal pen instead of tweezers for the tiny hairs that appear below or above your eyebrows, as well as the extra hair that grows between them that can create a unibrow effect if left unchecked. Then try an eyelash curler to train your lashes to stick together and curl upward.
Spending time on your eyes can help to enhance your natural features to bring out the best look for you. Consult a cosmetic specialist for more information.
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