If you’re planning your first-ever skiing holiday, you might be wondering exactly what you need to pack and – especially if you’ve got any of your own equipment – how on earth you’re going to fit it all in.

Well, we’re here to tell you that packing for your trip isn’t something you should be worried about – the following are a few tips about essentials you should bring along, as well as a bit of advice for packing your equipment.

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This will sound incredibly obvious, but the most important thing is to make sure you’ve got enough warm clothing. You really need to look after your feet, so invest in a couple of pairs of proper ski socks – we’re talking about the super-thick wooly ones.

A hat, gloves, scarf and thermal underlayers are also really important if you want to stay warm on the slopes. There should be goggles and high-factor sun cream in your bag, too – otherwise you’ll risk coming back from your trip with a sunburnt face.

On top of all your layers, you’ll want to have waterproof ski trousers and a jacket – it’s worth doing some research about manufacturers before buying these items, as they can often be quite costly.

Once you’ve got all your clothes for the slopes packed, you just need to add some outfits for your nights out appreciating the apres ski.

What about fitting it in?

As you can probably tell, most of what you need for a skiing holiday is quite bulky – you’re going for layers and warmth on the slopes after all. This means you should pack your gear a couple of days before you travel to give you time to play around with fitting it all in your case.

Wear really bulky items – like your jacket – on the plane to save space in your luggage and, if you can, wear more than one layer to travel in, again to make a bit more room in your main bag. To make your life much easier, invest in a bag that’s large enough for all your gear, rather than trying to squash it into a suitcase that’s a little on the small side.


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