What to pack for a ski trip

… before and after kids.

By Helen

Whilst making a packing list for our forthcoming ski trip it struck me that what I’m taking now is considerably different from what I would have packed 10 years ago, before we had the children. So for anyone planning a holiday in the snow, with or without kids, here’s my advice.

What to pack for a ski trip

Before kids:

  • Fleece headband that matches  your ski jacket – prevents earache,  but avoids the shame of hat-hair.
  • Duty-free Absolut vodka – distracts the mind from occasional sprains and bruises.
  • Multivitamins – with all that delicious cheese and patisserie, it may be tricky to keep up with your 5-a-day.
  • Skinny jeans and your best chenille tops – warm but still chic for  the evenings.
  • Thermals – useful for the torchlight descent – it gets very cold in the evenings on the mountain.
  • Your best underwear – never know who you’re going to meet.
  • Clinique facial sunscreen – kind to skin and tinted for a healthy glow.
  • Swimsuit – swimming pools and hot tubs in the snow are sooo special.
  • Oakley sunglasses – mirror effect optional but great for photos.
  • Hip flask – you can get a dry mouth when you’re skiing.

After kids:

  • A helmet – did you know that alcohol shrinks  the brain? You need all the protection you can get.
  • Haribo – one family pack per day. Distracts the mind from occasional sprains and bruises.
  • Haemorrhoid cream – it may be tricky to keep up with your 5 a day.
  • Torchlight descent? You’ll be nursing a gluwein long before that.
  • Velour jogging bottoms and a fleece for the evenings. Should be able to get away with just the one set if you’re carful not to spill your wine.
  • Big pants – you’re going all out for comfort.
  • Factor 50 sunblock – it’s just not worth the hassle of risking sunburn.
  • Leave swimming things at home – they’re  just going to clog up shower cubicle with chlorinated lycra.
  • Arnica – tablets and cream. Useful if nothing else as a placebo for the hourly complaints of painful feet.
  • Camelpack – skiing is thirsty work.
  • Tena liners – in case of over use of the camelpack.
  • The kids – much cheaper than booking them seats on the plane.*

Packing for a ski holiday

*Note, we do not actually recommend packing your children in a suitcase – I’m pretty sure it’s illegal, and probably not very safe.

Disclosure: we travelled to Val d’Isere with Mark Warner Holidays for our very first family ski trip. Our holiday was complimentary, for the purposes of review. All editorial content and opinion is our own. For more on how it went, pop back every day this week, as we give you the low down on skiing with the kids.

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19 thoughts on “What to pack for a ski trip”

  1. The ex took me on my one and only ski trip and I loved it. Although I had no idea what to pack so I over packed a suitcase and when I got to his he completely unpacked and re-packed for me! I really do hate packing!

  2. Love this list Helen. So funny. But so true. I have to pack for all of us for america for two months and before kids that would have already been a challenge. I am not looking forward to the packing side of it with four of us. Eek love the picture of the kids in the suitcase. So cute.

  3. I’m really excited to hear about how your ski holiday went! I went with my parents when I was younger and can’t wait to take my kiddos on the slopes now they’re growing up a bit x

  4. Haha, love your honesty! I can say hand on heart that I have never really fancied a skiing holiday but I may – MAY – be starting to change my mind slightly after seeing all your photos and posts… xx

  5. love the picture with the two of them in the case! Don’t know how is like to pack for a ski trip as i never been skiing but if i do i know where to come back for tips! i love the fun you put in your post~

  6. Ha ha genius! Can’t wait to hear how it all went! Last time I went, as a teacher, I took 60 kids, so I am kind of hoping to be able to pack less. Certainly the 70s costume for the disco can go!

  7. I have only ever been skiing on a dry slope but would love to go on a skiing holiday when the kids are a bit bigger. I love the photo of the kids in the case, brings back a few memories of my oldest climbing in a bag and looking rather cute.

  8. I Never leave home without deep heat – for me it is essential after a day’s skiing,and a long soak in the bath and then apply deep heat. It really helps soothe all those aching muscles and you wake up next morning feeling totally renewed!!


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