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What Should I Bring in my Suitcase for Big Bear?

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

If you've booked a rental cabin in Big Bear, you have to make sure you bring all the necessary garments to stay comfortable in the mountain weather. We get all 4 seasons in Big Bear, so it's important to pack according to the weather.


Winter or Summer?

For me, winter is my favorite season of the year, so I always prepare a few months before by buying jackets, gloves, cold caps, and good boots because I love walking through the snow and feeling how I feel with each step I take.


I also really enjoy summer, feeling the sun come through the window, being able to wear short shorts, and of course, having a good barbecue by the lake makes summer glow.

winter or summer

Clothes for the first time in the snow

To choose what clothes to wear for the snow the secret is to know the properties of the materials and to wear a minimum of two layers. The challenge: not to get cold and have enough mobility to fully enjoy time outdoors.


Follow the following tips and you will see that preparing to be in the snow for the first time is much easier than you thought. Thus, you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding with all the necessary equipment.


The first layer is recommended to wear leggings and long-sleeved thermal shirts to keep the body as warm as possible.


The second layer might be a windbreaker raincoat to not get wet.


As for the materials, it is important not to use cotton garments as they get wet quickly with sweat or melted snow and take time to dry. The best are synthetic garments that facilitate perspiration.

Kids Play with a snowman

Ready to pack?

Snow Boots

make sure they are non-slip and that they go over your ankles. You can use those work boots that are waterproof or used in construction, they are usually made of very resistant materials and can prevent water from entering.


Winter hat


Windbreaker jacket

A windbreaker will help you prevent your clothes from getting wet inside. If you do not plan to ski, a goose-down jacket is more than enough to withstand the cold.


Thermal gloves


Lip balm/Chapstick

Lips when they encounter cold weather and ice tend to split very quickly, so I recommend that you bring a ChapStick to keep them moisturized.


Snow pants

The most important thing is snow pants for skiing. These are waterproof so you can enjoy a good snowball fight or slide down a slope with a board and you will be totally dry inside.


Don't worry if you don’t buy your own because there are many places where you can rent it at a low cost.


If you’ve decided to travel in the summer

The temperature during the summer reaches up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day so with a pair of cool tennis shoes and a light jacket for the evening you will be more than comfortable.


Make sure you always bring swimming shorts with you and a towel if you plan to do an activity on the lake, such as kayaking or taking a dip. Some of the hotels have a pool so I recommend bringing several changes of clothes and undergarments.

packing for her trip to Big Bear, CA

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