I’ve just returned from my very first ski holiday and thought it would be useful to put together a packing list full of the essentials that you’ll need, and if you pack carefully you’ll manage to get everything in, and weighing under 20kg.
So to start with the most essential item is something to hold all your clothes in. For me it’s a bag over suitcase every time – our choice was this yellow The North Face Base Camp Duffel bag. It’s really easy to spot on the carousel and you can pack tons in it. Now onto filling your bag.
Vacuum packed bags – ones that don’t require a hoover. An essential to be able to fit everything in. They turn ski pants, jackets and hoodies into compact parcels that will fit neatly in a bag. They are great for storing all your ski stuff in when you get back too
Helmet – absolute must
Hoodie – pack about three as if you don’t use them in the day they’re great for the evening
Jumpers for the evening – I packed a couple of knitted jumpers
Jeans – One or two pairs
Jogging bottoms or lounge pants – great for relaxing in at night
Goggles and sunglasses – seeing on the slopes is a must
Mittens or ski gloves – I tried out Dare 2b Frisked Mitt and they were great for keeping my paws warm in all conditions on the slopes
Pair of gloves to wear under ski mitts or gloves – this makes a big difference and keeps your hands really toasty
Mittens or gloves for the evening
Boots for when you’re off the slopes. I took my Joules welly boots which were warm and they have a good grip so they were ideal in the snow and ice. I also packed a short pair of Ugg boots which are great for when we popped to a restaurant or bar
Snood – essential for when you’re sat on a ski lift and the wind is blowing. I took a Karrimor black snood which was adjustable and it worked a treat
Thermals – no explanation needed for this. I wore M&S thermal long johns and long sleeve thermal tops and I would highly recommend them. Again pack as many as you can as being cold isn’t much fun
Thermal ski socks – pack as many pairs as you can fit in
Hand and feet warmers – they are like mini hot water bottles. I used to wear them on my stomach on really cold days. Stick them to your thermal base layer and away you go
Small rucksack to keep bits and pieces in when you’re out skiing/boarding all day
Sun cream – I would go for a minimum of SPF15
Moisture cream with SPF
BB cream – you want to look good on the slopes yes?
Hair bobbles – I opted for pigtails all week as they were flat on my head so it was comfortable when I had my helmet on all day
Some spare plastics bags
That covers the essentials and if you pack carefully it should all fit in a bag and come in around 20kg