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TIP - What to pack for skiing

Nothing beats escaping the winter blues back home like jetting off to colder climes, where the snow is welcome and your only dilemma is which slope to hit. However, packing for a ski trip can be a bit of a challenge, especially if your trip involves a flight. With only 15-23kg of luggage allowance to play with, you need to be scarce and pack your suitcase with ninja-like precision. 


Before you jet off, it’s important to make sure that you’ve informed your bank that you’re travelling abroad, and you’ve checked out the overseas rates with your mobile phone provider (and perhaps turn off data roaming if you don’t fancy racking up charges). Make sure that there are no liquids (including cosmetics, foodstuffs, drinks and other) in your hand luggage over 100ml as well, for these will be confiscated with most airlines. Pack all bigger items carefully into your suitcase and wear your ski jacket (make sure the pockets are empty for the flight) and every day walking boots on the plane with you to save space.

Casual attire is best kept to a minimum; pack your favourite jeans, some comfortable lounge clothing, a couple of t-shirts and shirts for those après ski sessions, but leave the sparkly camisoles and smart jackets at home for this trip.

For your backpack/handbag


  • Passport

  • Download or Print Boarding passes and tickets

  • Accommodation Address, Essential numbers/ addresses

  • Car Hire Information & Documents

  • Itinerary

  • Documents for lift pass/ equipment if pre-paid

  • Currency and Debit/Credit Cards

  • Insurance documents

  • GHIC Card

  • Mobile phone & Charger

  • GoPro or camera (and accessories)

  • Plug adaptor(s)

  • Sunglasses

Gear/ Equipment
If you’re a beginner skier, we do not recommend that you purchase your own equipment. You can rent equipment in the resort for a fraction of the price of buying a brand-new set and it lifts the hassle of transporting your own equipment to and from the resort. But, if you already have your own gear then you might want to consider the following:

Skis/ Snowboard

  • Ski poles

  • Ski boots / Snowboard boots

  • Ski holder strap

 If you’re an avid skier/snowboarder, you might want to consider the following

  • Walkie-talkies

  • Camelback 

  • Back protector

  • Tuning tools (screwdriver, wax, metal file etc.) 

  • Avalanche kit (if you are going off-piste) (transceivers, shovel, probe, ABS pack)


Ski clothing and accessories

  • Ski gloves

  • Ski jacket

  • Ski trousers (aka salopettes)

  • Fleece

  • Thermal tops

  • Thermal underwear

  • T-shirts (ideally cotton t-shirts to wear between your thermal layers and fleece)

  • Ski socks

  • Neck warmer


Casual clothing and accessories

  • Jeans/trousers

  • T-shirts

  • Shirts/blouses/jumpers and hoodies

  • Underwear/Socks

  • Gloves/Scarves

  • Hat/beanie/headband

  • Swimming costume/swimming trunks

  • Pyjamas

  • Slippers/Sliders

 Cosmetics and toiletries

  • High-factor sun cream/Lip balm

  • After sun moisturiser/ lotion

  • Shower gel/soap/shampoo/conditioner

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • First Aid kit -pain killers/ allergy tablets/ Savlon/ Deep Heat rub/ multivitamins/plasters

  • Deodorant/Razor/Tweezers/ Contact lens solution

  • Make-up/Hair accessories

 For your pockets
Before skiing, pack your pockets carefully (do not carry these items in your pockets as you board the plane)- certain valuables are best left in your chalet.


  • Piste/trail map

  • Fully charged mobile phone (keep this in the zip-up pocket)

  • Small tube of high-factor sun cream/Lip balm/tissues

  • 1 side of A4 paper with insurance details printed on

  • Cash/Bank card (keep this in the zip-up pocket)

  • ID/Lift pass

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