What to Pack for Your Skiing Holiday


If you’re about to embark on your first skiing holiday, or if it’s been a few years since you last hit the piste, read our helpful packing checklist.

We’re assuming that you will be hiring a lot of the skiing equipment during the holiday. This may vary depending on whether you’re enjoying a budget break or staying in luxury chalets. Check with your holiday provider as to what will be available. They will also be able to make helpful suggestions about what you should take.

1. Sunblock and Lip Balm

Pack plenty of sunblock and lip balm to protect your skin. The high altitude and the snow reflecting the sun can result in sunburn and skin damage. Purchasing this at the resort is likely to be expensive.

2. Spare Underwear and Socks

Take lots of underwear and socks. You don’t need to double up, but a few spares will come in handy. Socks are particularly important if you’re hiring boots. They will have been used by many other people before you. Therefore, changing into fresh socks after a day on the piste will feel like a luxury.

3. Travel Wash

Luxury resorts may offer a laundry service. However, if you’re staying in standard accommodation travel wash will be useful. This will allow you to hand wash any clothing that becomes soiled and will keep garments feeling fresh and clean.

4. Suitable Footwear

Make sure you pack suitable footwear for off the slopes. This could be snow boots or walking boots. Most people tend to invest in a pair of sturdy walking boots that are waterproof and have a good grip. When you’re not skiing, you will need something warm and safe to walk around in.


5. Ski Clothing

You will need the following items for when you’re skiing:

  • Ski helmet – this is essential for safety reasons
  • Waterproof ski jacket
  • Waterproof trousers – opt for a breathable pair
  • Goggles
  • Thermal tops and fleeces to keep you warm
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Neck Warmer
  • Thermal bottoms
  • Lots of pairs of socks

We would also recommend packing sunglasses for when you’re not skiing and a warm hat. You’ll be wearing your helmet on the slopes, but you will need something to keep your head warm at other times.

As you will be spending most of your time skiing, you will need to pack less everyday clothing than you would normally need. For the times when you’re not skiing, check out our ideas for fun holiday activities and pack accordingly.

Basic Travel Stuff

And of course, don’t forget the basics. As with any holiday, you will need to remember your passport and travel docs. Make sure you remember chargers for all tech including cameras and phones. Also, take a travel adapter for any electrical devices. Pack any medication and a few first aid supplies like plasters, painkillers, etc.

Again, check with your holiday provider as to what will be available. This may free up some room in your suitcase. Did we forget anything? What essential items do you take on your ski trip? What advice would you give to first-time skiers? Let us know in the comments.

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