What to take – my first ski holiday

What to pack, what to pack...

I remember my first ski trip…

The year is 2019, you’re full of excitement standing over an empty suitcase, and you’re deciding what to pack for the trip of a lifetime – a week-long Sunweb ski holiday in the Alps.

It’s fair to say you’re not a disorganised person but you’ve been known to leave your brolly at home in the middle of a British November. Knowing this, you decide to browse the internet to make sure you pack all the essentials and a few extras that may come in handy. Now you’re in a bit of a pickle. Thousands of results appear and no result has the same advice.

Well worry no more, here is our definitive list of what you need to pack and what you could pack for your dream ski holiday.

Ski/Snowboard Clothing

  • Sunglasses (this is not a typo)
  • 2 x fleeces
  • 2 x thermal tops
  • Thermal bottoms
  • Waterproof ski jacket
  • Waterproof ski trousers
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Neck warmer
  • Warm beanie (hat)
  • 3 x ski socks

General Clothing

  • Warm trousers/jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Warm jumper
  • Scarf
  • Loungewear
  • Copious amounts of underwear and socks
  • Sports bra
  • Slippers (protect the toes)
  • Gloves
  • Pyjamas

Travel Items

  • Tickets
  • Travel money
  • Passport
  • Travel details (Flight, train, transfer, insurance)
  • Electrics (phone charge, travel adapter, spare phone battery)
  • Accommodation details (ski hire, location, lift pass)

Ski/Snowboard Equipment (Unless you’re renting of course…)

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  • Ski boots (and/or snowboard boots)
  • Skis (and/or snowboard)
  • Ski bag
  • Rucksack (to be used throughout the day)
  • Helmet
  • Multi-tool repair
  • Water bottle (or Camelbak)
  • Poles
  • Goggles

The often forgotten

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – high SPF (Lip-balm, after-sun, moisturiser, etc.)
  • Swimming stuff (most pools don’t accept skinny dipping)
  • Books and magazines
  • Easy-to-store snacks (you’ll get hungry on the slopes)
  • Make-up
  • Snow-chains (for self-drive)
  • Camera and charger
  • Travel plug adapter
  • Medication (with doctor’s note)

The spoil yourselfs

  • Travel pillow
  • GoPro
  • Hair dryer/straighteners
  • Laptop and charger
  • Travel games

And for cross-country skiers…

  • Whistle
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe

Our definitive list was created with the help of Sunweb employees and Sunweb guests. If you see anything missing from this list, feel free to let us know in the comments below and we’ll get them added.

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