5 things to pack in your cross-country backpack

Many places now have the perfect conditions for cross country skiing, plus, Vasaloppet is just around the corner. See what you need to get in your backpack if you are about to start your cross-country journey.

We asked our cross-country skiing expert, Christian to give us a quick tip on what is essential to pack as first-timers on a cross-country trip/competition.

1. Remember layers!

We know that during the winter, the best way to keep warm is to layer up like an onion. A light, mid-layer, for example, this Picture Horse jacket is perfect to add warmth without looking bulky.

“When you are a beginner you pace is normally not so high. So when you take a break halfway around the track you can get cold pretty quick. Bring a lightweight and warm jacket to put on when having those nice breaks”, advises Christian.

2. Give your hands freedom and warmth

Since you will be quite active with your arms and hands when polling, you need the freedom of movement. Still, we are talking skiing, so despite all the sweats, you will need to keep your hands properly warm.

A pair of X-skin thermo gloves are the perfect solution since the guys from SkiGo are focussed primarily on cross-country, so they know how to optimize their gloves to deliver both comfort and warmth.

3. Get ThermoPads for extra heat

Depending on the conditions, you may get surprised by how cold it can get. That is why it is always good to have a backup plan for extra heating. Especially when you are already one hour into a tour or competition.

The answer - ThermoPad warmers. You can get them for your hands, feet or back. Those little ‘gadgets’ are life savers for those times when you literally can feel your toes numbing from the cold.

4. Keep gliding at all times

“Today almost all beginners ski on skin skis. When you are out on the tracks and experience that your skis aren’t gliding forward as they should, a spray like Skincleaner is the perfect quick solution. It is definitely one of the must-haves!”, says Christian.

5. Multifunctional is the way to go

A really good addition to your outfit is the neckwarmer. If you are going to accessorize, a Yoko Tube neck warmer is the way to go - lightweight, thin, and functional. You can either wear it around the neck or as a beanie.

If you still feel like you are missing something, check out our cross-country ski section where you can get everything - from the skin skies to the base layer, and all the nitty gritty extras.