Ski trip packing list: what to take on your next ski holiday

Ski trip packing list

Need an essential ski trip packing list? We’ve listed all the items to consider taking on your next ski holiday in France.

There’s nothing quite like hurtling down the powder-white slopes in winter, feeling the wind on your face, stopping for hot chocolate with a view over the mountains, then enjoying the apres-ski party at the end of the day. While most ski resorts will have everything you need available to purchase, there’s no harm in being prepared, so here’s what you need to pack if you’re going on a ski holiday. 

Ski trip packing list

Travel documents

The most important part of any holiday is the travel documents. Keep them all in a handy wallet to ensure you don’t lose them. 

  • Passport
  • Travel tickets (digital and printed copies)
  • Currency 
  • Accommodation details
  • Insurance documents (digital and printed copies)
  • Paperwork to show airline staff that avalanche bag is legal to carry

Ski wear

Alongside all your normal clothes, don’t forget to pack your ski-specific clothing. Layers are your friend when skiing, so be sure to pack plenty of each. Ensure your outer layers are waterproof so you don’t get damp if you fall over! 

  • Ski jacket
  • Ski trousers 
  • Thermals
  • Fleece
  • Ski/snowboarding socks
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Glove liners (inner gloves)
  • Snood/scarf
  • Thermal beanie/hat
  • Mid-layer bottoms
  • Mid-layer tops
  • Base layer bottoms
  • Base layer tops


We can arrange for ski equipment to be ready and waiting in your chalet, and it will be fitted there too so you can avoid traipsing to the hire shop. But, if you’re a bit of a pro, you might want to invest in and bring your own skiing or snowboarding equipment. 

  • Ski/snowboard boots
  • Skis/snowboard
  • Ski lock
  • Ski/board bag
  • Poles
  • Goggles
  • Helmet
  • Knee pads
  • Water bottle/thermal flask 
  • Body armour
  • Camel pack
  • Wrist guards (if snowboarding)


  • Phone
  • Chargers and cables
  • Tablet/laptop 
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Camera/GoPro – batteries, chargers, SD cards, mounts (you can use the GoPros in our chalets)
  • Plug adapters
  • Audiobooks/music on phone
  • Piste map (electronic and paper copies)


These are the extra essentials you won’t want to forget – though if you do, they’ll all be available from the resort shops. 

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (high SPF)
  • Aftersun/moisturiser
  • Lip balm with SPF 
  • Swimwear 
  • Shampoo/shower gel
  • Deep heat/muscle cream
  • Medication and other medicines (e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen)
  • Small backpack
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Multitool/screwdriver
  • Sleep/eye mask
  • Spare binding screws/parts (for snowboard bindings)
  • Spare laces (traditional or Boa if snowboarding)
  • Spare goggle lenses for different light conditions

Little luxuries

Our chalets are full of little luxuries, but here are a few extras you can bring to make your trip more enjoyable. 

  • Travel pillow if travelling to us by car
  • Hand/foot warmers (chemical)
  • Snacks (cereal bars/protein bars)
  • Hip flask
  • Marshmallows to toast on our barbecues
  • Baby wipes
  • Anti-fog spray
  • Lens wipes/spray
  • Ear plugs
  • Flip flops/sliders for the boot room
  • Microfibre towel
  • Rainex plastic or equivalent
  • Razor/beard trimmer
  • Tissues
  • Wash bag
  • Download the best ski apps

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