Traveling today often includes raking sports equipment. Sometimes that means ‘special handling: We are traveling more than eve and many are heading out on vacations that Involve active sports — golf, skiing, fishing, scuba diving. and more. It’s fun to try a favorite sport In an exotic new place. Some sports, tennis for example, are very portable and require little beyond tucking a racquet, balls, shoes, and shorts into your suitcase. Others require great packing skills to fit the gear Into the car or onto the plane. Check with your airline about size and weight restrictions. Because these specialized trips may happen Infrequently, a packing list that you create and modify each time is a great way to remember details that make a difference. Some people create separate lists for /ear and “personal Items and clothing.” The key to success is making a list and checking It often.
Golf traveling with golf gear is cumbersome. David bought a hard-sided golf bag with wheels 1we call it -the coffin, to protect his clubs. It Is so big we can barely fit it into our car. But I have grown to love “the coffin” precisely because It is so big. I can take my large beach umbrella to Hawaii; pack extra shoes; and shop to my heart’s content, confident that we have room to get It all home! Investing In quality bags to protect expensive gear for travel is a good idea, but you must consider the logistics. If you can’t man-age a golf ‘coffin; here arc some alternatives
I. Rent clubs at your destination but pack your golf shoes. Playing 18 holes in rental shoes that don’t fit properly could be miserable.
2 Travel with your regular golf bag zipped inside a sturdy can-vas golf travel bag as Nancy and Urn N. do. The lockable outer bag is large enough to hold clubs, shoes, and other golf gear and can be stuffed with additional treasures Each canvas bag is smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable than “the coffin.- and has a shoulder strap for easy carrying.
3. Purchase a soft-sided golf travel bag with wheels or a light-weight nylon golf any bag like the one Nancy and Jim use for a ‘minimalist’ golf trip They each pack their own light-weight bag, then pack them together into one canvas golf travel bag, as described above. Both kinds of soft bags are available at sporting goods and golf stores.
Its Be sure to pack these items — the ones that are often left behind and arc expensive to replace at golf resorts.
• Golf hat or visor
• Golf wind shirt
• Golf umbrella
• Insect repellent (keep a small container in your golf bag). Sunscreen that is combined with Insect repellent Is a time and space saver.
• Rain gear
• Spare golf glove
• Sunscreen of at least 30 SPF
Golf Clothing Tips If playing golf In hot and humid weather, wear a high-tech, wicking golf shirt. CoolMax, Intent and Power My are wicking, quick-drying synthetics that actually feel more comfortable than cotton in this kind of climate.
Check the catalogs from Early Winters, LLBean, and TravelSmith. Wear dark pants or shorts that won’t show soil as quickly and you may be able to wear them more than once without laundering. Dark golf socks worn with dark pants won’t show grass stains and can be more easily washed by hand. Nancy N. reminds us that dark colon are wanner to wear in hot climates, so packing for a golf vacation In Hawaii may require taking additional pairs of white shorts and socks or doing laundry more often.
Skiing Not only are skis, boots, and poles bulky to pack, but ski and after-ski clothing is also bulky. As an avid skier, I offer you these insights about packing to fly to a ski vacation:
I. Purchase a double ski bag designed for two pair of skis, even if you will be transporting lust one pair. You can best protect the contents by buying a well-padded bag. First, pack your skis and poles Into a heavy-duty plastic bag like the type the airlines use fat shipping skis. This will keep sharp ski edges from slicing other contents Place bagged skis and poles into the double ski bag.
Next, fill the rest of the ski bag with bulky one-piece suits, insulated jackets and pants, sweaters, ski underwear, gloves — anything that isn’t breakable. Roil clothing, then tuck inside. For a one-piece ski suit: fold the arms across body and roll lengthwise.
2. Pack your boots (If they are easy to replace) In your suitcase and tuck fragile items such as ski glasses into them. Pack around the boots with after-ski clothing and toiletries and the rest of your travel and ski gear.
3. lay a large duffel bag on wheels —these arc a great choice for bulky gear. See pages 119.120 for how to pack a duffel most efficiently.