Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s Top Six Travel Essentials

Despite a broken hand suffered earlier in the season, Ryan Cochran-Siegle continues racing far and wide. A veteran when it comes to packing for the long haul, check out Cochran-Siegle's travel essentials!

Being a ski racer and living out of a suitcase are one and the same, like maple syrup and waffles, or muddy roads and springtime in Vermont; you just can’t seem to have one without the other. This being my sixth year on the U.S. Ski Team, traveling around the globe, visiting renowned ski resorts, racing on world-class venues, and staying in hostels, hotels, and motels months on end I’ve learned a thing or two about getting the most out of your suitcase. Because of this, I’d like to share a few of the often unconsidered items that I deem fundamental for any traveling ski racer headed out on their next world tour. This list does not include standard basics like your toothbrush, passport, clean socks, or personal laptop, because those things are boring and should have already been packed away. Now that we’ve cleared that all up, let’s get down to business and begin with #6 on the list…

#6 12” Black Firm Foam Roller

Nothing locks up your IT Band tighter than being stuck on a 9 hour redeye from Atlanta to Munich in economy seating, so make sure you pack this bad boy away to roll out and refresh your legs the second you land. It should help with not feeling like a sack of potatoes in the following mornings training session.


#5 16gb iPhone 5S w/ shattered screen (cracked case with Redneck Racing sticker optional)

The 16 gigs (only 11.9 are usable) allows for a cozy 236 songs, 2 videos, 149 photos, and 26 applications. Added all together gives just enough mind numbing activity to get you through a five-hour van ride, but not so much as to overwhelm you with the lavishness of variety. Wifi permitting, the phone can even achieve such complex tasks as scrolling through instagram, checking up on emails, and not texting someone back because you’re either playing hard to get or spacing out.


#4 L.L. Bean Men’s Wicked Good Scuffs III Slippers Size 10

These are everything that I could dream of when it comes slippers and so much more. Putting these on early in the morning is the equivalent of getting an entire extra night sleep for your toes. The beyond comfy fluffy inner lining makes you feel back at home, and the easygoing tan exterior can go with any outfit. These are the perfect comfort food for your feet when you’re feeling those homesick blues.


#3 Red, White, and Blue Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

In the words of Brennan Rubie, they are “Good for falling asleep next to Michael Ankeny’s wood chopping snore, or for putting on your head when a pretty girl sits next to you on a plane and you don’t know what to say, because you’re too busy thinking about what your kids would be like, so she gets up before you say anything.” Really I just like them because of the sound quality, comfortable feel, and similar likeness in color scheme to my favorite sports team, which leads me to #2 on my list…


#2 Official New England Patriots Hoody, T-Shirt, Sweater, Long Sleeve, Winter Hat and One Piece Snuggie

One of the hardest things of being on the road 6 months out of the year is being forced to travel with Bronco fans everywhere you go, especially now that they “won” the Super Bowl. That’s why I make sure to pack away all my Pat Patriot loving gear, to remind them that Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. Period. #OnToSeptember.


#1 Slopeside Syrup’s Organic Pure Vermont Maple Syrup

I’m from Vermont, and I do what I want! You can call me Buddy the Elf when it comes to maple syrup. It’s not only great on pancakes and waffles, but also in moderation nearly any other cuisine. It’s good in coffee, yogurt, broccoli, salad, bacon, potatoes, eggs, sausage, stir-fry, chicken, carrots, squash, oatmeal, and of course spaghetti. Not to mention how delightful it is on top of a delicious plate of Austrian kaiserschmarrn after a fun-filled day of skiing.

Life of the traveling ski racer. Brennan taking a mid ride nap across Italy as Coach Brad and Athlete Nick look onward.