Traveling for the shred is a way of life. There’re over 600 resorts in North America, let alone worldwide-but there’s also a hell of a lot of urban sprawl, creepy track housing, cornfields, and desert. Find out where the weather’s pounding and hit the road-here are a few things that might come in handy along the way.-J.S.

Sony SRS-T77 Personal Travel SpeakersThey’re no bigger than a CD case, and when combined with Discman or MD player, these travel speakers are the equivalent of stuffing a stereo in your backpack. Rocking out to your own music sure beats watching the CMT in the hotel room or listening to the tired old top 40 on the rental-car radio. SRP: $90 sonystyle.com

Thule Evolution 1600 CarrierA rooftop box like this one keeps post-riding boot smells out of the car and road mud off the boards. If you’re still throwing boards in the backseat like a lazy bastard, the Evolution 1600 is guaranteed to be nicer on a car’s interior. It has a sixteen cubic-foot capacity, a dual-side opening system, and an improved, aerodynamic shape.SRP: $360 thuleracks.com

Clive Toiletries Case Although personal hygiene is rarely on the snowboarding-trip list of priorities, you can still tighten up your kit with the Clive bathroom case. It has a removable mirror, a large main compartment, and a swivel-hanger for easy access to the Advil and Tums. SRP: $20 clivebags.com

One Ball Jay Rocket DriverUniversal laws dictate that the second you leave home without a tool, your baseplate disc will slip into a pigeon-toed stance that will remain undiscovered until the chairlift maze. The One Ball Rocket Driver is a lightweight ratcheting tool with a ten-millimeter wrench and a full set of extra heads. Throw it in your pocket. SRP: $14 oneballjay.com

Sony DVP-FX1 Portable CD/DVD PlayerYou’ll be thanking your lucky stars you decided to drop that grand on the DVP-FX1 after a boring twelve-hour flight, 24 hours in the car with whiny friends, or a couple days in a foreign country. This portable CD/DVD player has a seven-inch-wide Thin Film Transistor liquid-screen display, audio-video inputs for external sources like camcorders and speakers, a lithium battery for four-hours of playback, and SRS headphone surround sound. SRP: $1300 sonystyle.com

PassportWaiting to get a passport until you plan an overseas trip is really screwing yourself-something will go wrong. Remember, this is our federal government you’re dealing with, so the red tape runs deep. Check out travel.state.gov to download applications and for a step-by-step guide to the passport acquisition process.

“I’m really good at leaving stuff all over when I travel-even just leaving it a home. (We went on a fall trip to Chile and I forgot my snowboard boots. What a dumbass.) While you’re bound to forget some things and just have to live without them-like underwear or a favorite T-shirt-there’re a few core items that allow you to live when on the road. I always bring my passport, wallet-with credit card, bank card, and photo I.D.-plane tickets if necessary, and a toiletry bag with my contacts.”-Lukas Huffman

Michele Taggart’s shred-trip essentials:Duct tape.Camera.Stuffed animals-usually Rufus, Nigel, and Mini Jimmy.Books/mags.Vitamins and ibuprofen.Books on tape for long drives in the rental car.Swiss Army knife.”The Pounder”-a massage thing for my knee.Ice packs for my knee.I always have photos of my friends and family in my address book to keep me sane.Sleeping pills for the plane.Mini sleeping bag in stuff sack.A candle.Good-smelling lotions.Straps to tie board bags to top of a car. CD player/alarm clock.Dictionary/language book.Energy bars.Cans of tuna fish with the pop-tops for long days on the hill.Tiger Balm.Scarf and driving gloves.Phone card.Sunblock and sunglasses.Bright blue dildo with extra batteries … just kidding, making sure you’re still awake.

In photographer Jeff Curtes’ travel bag:Tape adapter for a portable CD player to use in the rental car.Cigarette-lighhter power cord for cell phone. Foreign currency. Passport.Running shoes. Swim trunks for hotel pools. Contact solution. Vitamins and echinacea.PowerBars and Genisoy protein bars. Books and foreign phrase manuals.

Commodity Of The Month

Vans Contra Boot “My friends and I always have races to see who can tie up their boots the fastest, and of course, I win,” says Mitch Nelson about his Contras. In addition to dual-density, heat-moldable liners, internal heel harnesses, and four-part outsoles with PU heel cassettes, these boots feature the Boa system-a wire lacing setup that can be tightened merely by turning a dial at the top of the tongue. It not only avoids pressure points, but also lets you get your boots exactly how tight you want them. “The best thing is after you’re done snowboarding for the day, you just pop the Boa up and slip your boots right off-you don’t have to deal with untying all these different liners and crap,” says Mitch. The Boa system is also available in the Vans Klutch and Kahn. SRP: $270 vans.com