Skiing Packing List for a Week

Emma - 09 March 2016

For those new to skiing (or those who forget things every year), packing can be stressful, as you don’t know what you’ll need. We’ve broken down the basic beginners skiing packing list here, with a few words of advice. Where we thought it might be helpful, we’ve included links to products. You can always take more if your baggage allowance is generous. Following this skiing packing list for a week, my case weighed 10kg.

Clothes for skiing

We’ve not included skis, poles and boots on the skiing packing list, as we’ve assumed you’re hiring them (if not, obviously take them with you!). You can always hire a helmet if you want, but we found it was practically the same price to buy one. While you do have to fit it in your luggage, it won’t have had someone else’s sweaty head in it, you’ll know it hasn’t been damaged, and if you ever go skiing again it will pay for itself. Plus, if you own a GoPro camera, you can attach a mount to the helmet which you couldn’t with a rental. A helmet has the additional advantage of being very warm inside, protecting your ears from the cold. There’s no need to wear a hat underneath. Of course, some people go skiing in just a woolly hat, but I preferred the protection of a helmet. Not many people tend to bring backpacks, but we found them useful for stashing extra layers, a water bottle, and snacks. Carrying around sunglasses is also useful for when you want to take a lunch break and it’s blindingly white.

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Clothes when not skiing

  • Woolly hat
  • Non-skiing gloves
  • 1 or two pairs of jeans
  • 3-4 T-shirts
  • Non-tube socks
  • Sensible shoes / boots

I reused my mid-layers (light fleeces, etc) in the evenings, and wore my ski jacket. I specify non-tube socks so that 1) your shoes fit, and 2) you have a chance to wash the smelly tube socks. When heading out in the evenings, no one was glammed up to the nines, everyone was warm and comfortable.

Lotions and potions

  • Lip balm
  • Sun cream
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Shower Gel / Face Wash / etc
  • Deodorant
  • Medication, including inhalers

Lip balm is an absolute essential if you want to be able to smile without wincing by the end of your trip. The harsh sun and dry mountain air work together to dry out your lips, and you’ll need a good SPF lip balm to prevent it. Similarly, don’t be the person coming home with a sunburned face and white goggle marks. The sun is bright in the mountains, especially when reflected by all that white. Don’t forget the back of your neck.

And the rest

  • Underwear
  • Swimming costume
  • GoPro / Camera
  • Snacks and drinks if it’s a long journey
  • Phones
  • Chargers (for phone, camera, etc)
  • Credit Cards
  • Insurance
  • Passport
  • Details of travel
  • Water bottle
  • Ear plugs / headphones for travel
  • Plug adapter
  • Pyjamas
  • Books / Cards / Entertainment
  • Ibuprofen (for any inflammation)
  • Plasters / climbing tape for blisters
  • Glasses
  • Hand-wash for clothes

We never get foreign currency before travelling, it is always better value to get it from an ATM abroad if using the correct credit card. You’ll probably need a swimming costume if you have a pool or sauna in your hotel. There’s no point bringing a fancy camera if you’re afraid you’ll fall on it and break it. GoPro’s are everywhere, and helmet mounts were common.