Packing for any holiday can be stressful, but for a ski holiday especially it is so important to not forget any of your essential items or you could end up being stung spending a lot of money in resort. Prices in UK sports stores and high street toiletry shops are usually much better value than those found in your mountain resort shops, so it is best to be prepared and pack well.
There is nothing worse than unpacking in resort and thinking how on earth did I manage to forget my slippers! Whether it is your first ever trip or your twentieth, there is so much to remember to pack for a ski holiday, so we thought we would try and help make it easier with an essential packing list to follow.
We would recommend taking a rucksack as your hand luggage, this rucksack can then be utilised on holiday whilst skiing as you will not be able to carry a handbag on the slopes! Make sure to factor in that you have a coach transfer up to resort once you have landed and it is best to have everything required for this journey packed into your hand luggage so that your suitcase can go straight into the coach hold.
It is very important that you bring the right amount of ski gear for your trip. If you are bringing your own ski equipment please double check your paperwork to ensure your pre-booked ski carriage is shown. Please also double check whether your ski carriage includes your boots or if these need to be in your one checked suitcase as rules vary by airlines and holiday suppliers.
Aside from your ski gear clothing you need to bring a wide range of clothing to cover all times of the day. It is highly unlikely you will have access to a washing machine during your stay so remember to bear this in mind whilst packing your clothing. You will want to take lounge wear for evenings in your accommodation and going for breakfast, nightwear, outdoor clothes for walks around the resort and evening clothes for going out to dinner or for a night out.
There are a number of toiletries that are essential for ski trip depending on the time of year you are going, some of these items can be bought at the airport if you are running low on luggage space. We have also included a list of popular extras we would recommend.
You’re hoping for low temperatures and snow so pack accordingly. Here’s a brief rundown:
GRIP! Good soles will go a long way walking around the resort so leave the trainers and heels at home. There will be ice, or at the very least, slushy snow and starting a trip on your bum with soaking feet is no fun. Most outdoor boots and shoes will be suitable for snowy conditions, try Regatta, Merell, Mountain Warehouse, Sport Direct, Sorel and Timberland.
You can rent skis, snowboards, boots, poles and helmets either in resort or pre-booked for you trip. For skiing you will need to rent skis (bindings are included), ski boots, poles and a helmet, for snowboarding you will need to rent a snowboard (bindings are included), snowboard boots and a helmet.
All you need to get extra is clothing. At a minimum you’ll want:
There’s no reason to vary your outfit too much so long as your warm and comfortable. It’s good to avoid clothes that retain moisture in favour of resistant or wicking fabrics, and you’ll find your ski jacket will be going on over the top of most outfits when you’re getting around.
Dressing up to go out for dinner and drinks in a ski resort is different to back home. You’ll find that most people are dressed casually with the odd sparkly jumper or checked shirt. If you are staying in an all-inclusive hotel or 5-star hotel, you may find people putting in a bit more effort into dressing up for dinner so a dress or shirt won’t look out of place here.
Snow boots can be a great addition too, but if you find your wardrobe lacking there’ll be a vast array of resort shops willing to kit you out with a stylish ensemble.
If you have a good quality, water resistant and warm jacket, one is often fine. Some people may prefer one lighter and one heavier jacket, depending on conditions/temperature, but you can easily regulate temperature by shedding/putting on layers.
Layering up is the key. It’s better to have clothes and not need them, than to need them and not have them. You’ll be surprised exactly how quickly you cool back down on a chair lift or at lunch.
Wicking style thermal tops or legging help keep the sweat away from the skin making you drier for longer, and fabric like Merino wool will get a few wears out of the same kit without becoming too smelly. Pop these on under your ski jacket and salopettes, add good socks and gloves (maybe glove liners too) to keep the extremities warm. and you’ll be fine. Pop some sunglasses in if you have space - they’re really helpful on bright days when you stop for lunch.
Your normal clothes with a couple of cold (potentially wet/damp) weather adjustments- warm jumpers, long sleeve tops, etc. You’ll probably find yourself wearing your ski jacket, or similar when travelling to dinner (or après) and don’t forget to accessorize with a warm hat, gloves and thick socks.
Ditch the trainers for something with good grip that won’t get soggy too. Odds are you’ll be walking through snow and ice at some point.