What to Pack for a Skiing Holiday

You’ve been counting down to your ski holiday for months, and now the time has finally come. With your holiday fast approaching, you need to figure out what to pack. Both stressful and exciting at the same time. Packing for your skiing holidays Val Thorens is all about making sure you’re prepared for every eventuality without your suitcase bursting at the zipper. Here are some of the essentials you need to pack.

Remember to take snacks and some entertainment such as an iPad or magazine on the journey with you, don’t want you getting bored on the way to the resort. It may also be an idea to take a spare phone charger or battery in your hand luggage, transfers can be long and boring without a connection to the outside world.

The Essentials – This is absolute bare minimum that you’ll need to take with you, but you can of course supplement this list with additional items for more comfort

  • Ski jacket (preferably something warm, but you can always experiment with layers)
  • Ski trousers
  • Middle layer (fleece)
  • 1st layer (t-shirt, vest top)
  • Ski socks (minimum of two pairs!!)
  • Ski gloves (warm and waterproof)
  • Hat or headband
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun cream and SPF lip balm (whilst a suntan would be nice, burns would not! The Sun is very strong in the mountains as it bounces off the snow so a high factor is always recommended)
  • Money, passport and any other travel documents you will need

Clothing and Equipment

  • Small backpack for day-to-day items (a couple of snacks, sun cream, water bottle, and emergency supplies)
  • Sunglasses
  • Different lenses for your ski goggles so you can adapt for the visibility conditions
  • Ski helmet (these can be hired at most ski resorts if you don’t have your own)
  • A flask or bottle of water (staying hydrated at high altitude is really important)
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight gloves for après-ski activities
  • Regular clothes for when you’re not skiing
  • Boots or some other substantial footwear for après-ski activities. Preferably waterproof, warm and with decent grip

Protective Gear

  • Wrist and kneepads (useful for the clumsy or accident prone)
  • A pack including a DVA avalanche rescue device, a shovel and a telescopic probe; all essential if you are planning to go skiing off piste

Electronic Equipment

  • Camera (not anything really expensive as you don’t want to fall and break it on the slopes)
  • GoPro-style on board camera
  • Smartphone

Don’t forget to pack the all-important chargers and extra batteries as they don’t hold their charge for as long in the cold temperatures.

If you can’t go without your home favourite for a week, you might want to pack some Marmite, Ketchup Cadbury’s chocolate or branded tea bags as these won’t be available in Val Thorens. Obviously, if you forget anything that you need desperately, check in the resort shops; they will be more expensive than the shops back home but if you need it then I guess you’ll have to suck it up!

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