Packing for a ski holiday can be a rather stressful experience so we thought we would help you with our packing list to give you a better idea of what you really shouldn’t leave at home!
- Paperwork – this should be the number one on anyone’s priority list! Put passports, money, travel insurance details, ski hire/lift pass/ski school/accommodation details all in a secure travel wallet and place it in a safe pocket of your hand luggage. This is the one thing that you do not want to forget as having to rush home for passports left on the kitchen table is probably the worst possible start to any holiday. It pays off to be organised!
- Ski/Snowboard clothing – right, most of us store these things in one place so this should be fairly straight forward. Make sure you make a list though so nothing is left in the back of the drawer under the bed! Our rough list includes: helmet, ski socks, base layers (thermal), sports bras (ladies only), fleeces, ski gloves, goggles, sunglasses, ski jacket (but you might want to wear this), ski pants.
- Other clothes – don’t be tempted to pack the high heels and the UGG boots – both equally useless in snow! A pair of comfy jeans, a couple of hoodies, a few T-shirts, PJs, underwear, socks, gloves, scarf, hat, boots (suitable for walking in the snow/on ice) should see you through the evenings just fine!
- If you are taking your own ski/snowboard equipment then make sure you pack it all safely in a suitable bag. If you are taking it on a flight then make sure to check the weight and size regulations of the airline – otherwise your trip could get a lot more expensive than you thought! Once again just a basic list: skis/snowboard, ski/snowboard boots, poles, small rucksack, Transceiver/shovel/probe pack if you own one, etc.
- Other stuff you shouldn’t forget: Sunscreen (with high SPF and keep reapplying it!), Lip salve (with SPF), phone + charger, travel plug adaptor, toiletries, moisturiser, camera (if your phone doesn’t have a decent one), iPod, book/tablet/ereader, basic medication (paracetamol, ibuprofen, diarrhoea relief, blister plasters, plasters, deep heat) or if travelling with kids then maybe more than just the basics, stuff to keep the kids entertained (favourite toy, colouring book and other baby essentials if needed.
- If you have room left… Small jar of marmite (or not), hair dryer (if your accommodation doesn’t have one), travel iron (no, I am just kidding!!!), water bottles, freezer zip bag for sandwiches, chocolate/granola bars, hand warmers, iPod speakers and fancy dress (might be an essential actually..).
If you don’t fancy dragging all this from your house through the airports to your destination then you should consider using a luggage concierge service. Prices are similar to ski carriage with most airlines but someone takes your bags from your house and leaves them at your accommodation so it is all ready when you arrive. We think it is a lot less stressful and more enjoyable way to travel. We have teamed up with Deliveries to the Alps who offer a 15% discount code to FindTransfers users!
We hope this article will help you with your packing! Have an amazing holiday!