“WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD I PACK?” come the cries from every panicked parent who’s not taken their entourage skiing before! Do they need 17 pairs of ski socks? How essential is a hat? Should I put in that dress for her just in case? So many questions for such a limited luggage allowance!
We know how totally overwhelming it feels before you set foot into unknown territory. With a little bit of know-how – and a lot of learning from our own mistakes (no, you don’t need a sequin “going out” top!) – we’ve put together the ultimate packing list for you skiing newbies. Read on to find out which essentials you need to put in the suitcase…
Once you’re there, you’ll realise that most of the time you’ll all live in your cosy base layers. They’re great for lounging around in your chalet but they don’t look out of place in the bar either if you manage to head out for dinner. You might want to pack a few “comfies” to change into in the evening, like jumpers and joggers, but you’ll find other clothes are surplus to requirements. So, put the skinny jeans and pleated skirts back in the wardrobe and get started on our checklist!
For the kids:
- Thermal base layers – natural fibres are the best
- 2 x tops (try our LUKLA range)
- 2 x leggings
- Woolly hat – we recommend our cosy merino wool GOKYO
- Ski gloves – mittens tend to keep little fingers warmer
- Ski goggles – to protect eyes from snow blindness on the slopes
- Sunglasses – off the slopes protection
- Snow boots
- Ski Socks – at least 2 pairs
- Snood – our merino JIRI is a fab option
- Jacket or gilet
- PJs (although our base layers are ideal cosy bed wear…and save changing!)
For the Grown-ups
- Thermal base layers x 2 (natural fibres)
- Ski Jacket
- Ski gloves
- Snow boots
- Ski socks – at least 2 pairs
- Ski Goggles
- Neck warmer/snood
- Extra warm non-ski jacket
- Joggers / Jeans
- Cosy socks
- All-in-one snowsuit with feet
- Woolly hat
- Merino jumper
Other essentials you’ll need to pack:
- Suncream – even when it’s cloudy, the UV rays are much stronger at altitude and the sun reflects off the snow, so your skin needs extra protection.
- Backpack – so handy for bringing along drinks and snacks for your hungry cherubs.
- Wintersports Insurance – Normal holiday insurance won’t cover a nasty tumble off-piste so make sure you’ve arranged the level of insurance you and your family need for a ski holiday.
- Sense of humour – if you’ve never been skiing, you’ll need to pack a tonne of this. You are going to have some cracking wipe-outs, and your children will be mocking you for weeks to come.
We recommend that you print this Ultimate Ski Holiday Packing List off and use it when you’re getting ready to go. You’ll not miss a thing then!
Are you a seasoned family skier? Do you have any other essentials you’d not leave home without? Let our newbie readers know in the comments.
We hope you have an amazing holiday. Don’t forget to tag us in any photos on the slopes where your brood are showing off their awesome Amamaya ski wear – on Facebook or Instagram! It really does make us smile when we see our kit getting in on the action we designed it for!