Ski holidays: What you need to pack - THIS item will surprise you


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Ski holidays: What you need to pack - THIS item will surprise you


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Unlike a beach holiday when fewer layers of clothing are required, a skiing holiday involves a little more organisation when packing.

A breath of fresh mountain air can do wonders for your mental health and wellbeing but forgetting essential items of kit can cause unnecessary stress.

Whether you’re an avid skier or packing your thermals for the your first ski trip, there are a few things you need to remember.

We surveyed ski experts and they revealed the essential skiing items you need to pack, including one item that will surprise you.

Washing detergent

Washing is never a priority when on holiday but a skiing break is an incredibly active holiday and therefore requires countless pairs of pants and socks. We Love 2 Ski explained that this surprising item should secure a place on any packing list as, unless you want to fill your suitcase with socks, bringing some washing detergent is a good idea when you’re onto your last fresh smelling pair of socks.

Sun cream

Heading for the alps may sound far removed from the poolside holiday you took last year but a bottle of this is essential. Clare Flynn from PowderBeds highlighted: “You really don't want to be sporting goggle-shaped sunburn after your first day of skiing.”


Ski expert Vicky emphasised the importance of bringing sunglasses. The majority of skiers remember their goggles on the slopes but are blinded by the sun when they remove these for lunch or a hot chocolate pick-me-up.

A skiing holiday involves a little more organisation when packing

Swimming costume

Claire Flynn explained why a swimming costume is one of the most important items on a skiing trip, and said: “Even if the residence or hotel you're staying in doesn't have a pool area, many resorts do have a public swimming pool on offer.”

She goes on to add that this is the perfect way to spend the evenings after a long day on the slopes and is especially important for new time skiers who will need to recover from bumps and bruises


Although a suitcase space invader, purchasing a helmet before arrival, or borrowing from a friend, could save you money on expensive rental hires. We Love 2 Ski advise packing your valuable items into your helmet as a way to maximise your suitcase space.


“These are particularly useful in a chalet where you walk around in the public areas a lot.” explained Vicky. Skiers are prone to wet socks so having a warm slipper after a busy day is a very good idea.

Tiger Balm

Finally, Ski-i’s Vicky Lavender highlighted Tiger Balm as a must item for all skiers. Even those who are experienced on the snow are likely to experience a bump or two.

Applying Tiger Balm in the evening, alongside a tip in the hot tub, will make the next day of skiing that little more bearable.