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First Ski Trip Checklist

You’ve been counting down to your ski holiday for months and now the time has finally arrived to start packing. Here is a handy list of things to pack or sort at home to help you through your excitement and to make sure you don’t forget those all-important ski essentials.

Hand luggage:

  • Passports
  • Travel documents - including airline / ferry tickets or e-tickets, car hire vouchers, airport parking vouchers, Iglu bookings confirmation, Operator invoice, directions for getting to the resort and accommodation if self-driving.
  • Insurance documents
  • Currency
  • Wallet - don’t forget to tell your bank if you are travelling abroad
  • Snacks for the journey - your journey to your ski resort can be long and tiring, especially if you have been up since the early hours of the morning. Taking some sandwiches or snack bars in your hand luggage could be a savior if you are delayed on the plane or on the coach into resort, particularly if you are traveling with small children. 
  • Magazines, games, iPads, etc for entertainment on your journey. Similar for the need for snacks, this can be a long journey so be prepared to need some fun if you get bored easily. Don’t forget external battery packs to recharge phones while travelling.

Hold luggage

  • Check your baggage allowance
  • ID tags
  • Travel adapters
  • Sun cream and lip block is essential. The sun is very strong in the mountains as it bounces off the snow so a high factor is recommended.
  • Ski jacket, ski pants and several pairs of ski socks
  • Hat, gloves and scarf. If it is very snowy you may want a neck warmer/balaclava to protect your face.
  • Goggles – normally you cannot rent these in resort, so we recommend you buy in advance to avoid the high prices in resort. Changeable lenses for sunshine and low visibility are advised.
  • Sunglasses – when you stop for breaks and are not wearing your goggles, sunglasses are great to help protect your eyes from the brightness of the sun reflecting off the snow.
  • Thermals if it is really cold.
  • Think layers when packing – it’s easy to warm up by adding them and cool down by reducing them.
  • A small back pack for taking up the mountain - useful for carrying emergency supplies including screwdriver, tissues, sun cream, spare goggles/ sunglasses, water, hip flask and of course chocolate for those long chair lifts
  • Small first aid kit - you may need treatment for aching muscles, bruises and blisters.
  • Ski or snowboard bag (with wheels are easier) and boots bag if you are taking your own equipment. You should advise the airline before you travel if you are taking your own equipment as there will be a charge. However, for your first trip we would advise that you hire your equipment.
  • If you can’t go without any of your home favourites for a week, you may want to pack Ketchup, Marmite, Cadburys chocolate or branded tea bags as it’s unlikely these will be available in resort.
  • Toiletries - try and avoid buying items like this in resort as prices can be very expensive.
  • Snow/outdoor boots – shoes with a big tread to avoid slipping over in the snow when you are walking around in the evening.
  • Slippers – particularly useful in a chalet where you walk around in the public areas a lot.

Don’t leave home without

  • Sorting out the feeding or housing of your pets.
  • Cancelling any regular deliveries to your house until you return
  • If you have a cleaner, inform them of your holiday so they don’t set off your alarm while you are away.

Extra tips

  • If you have prebooked your lift passes, it will most likely be waiting at your accommodation or will be delivered to you by an in resort rep. You should be informed about getting your lift pass when on the transfer coach or in a welcome pack. Check on the resort website if you need to bring a passport photo for your lift pass.
  • More on beginner ski holidays: Ski Resorts for beginners | Planning your first ski trip | Ski holiday deals

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