What To Pack For A Ski Trip

 In Active Travel, Europe, Packing, Switzerland, Winter Sports

Back in December I was lucky enough to be invited out to Val D’isere on the French/Swiss border to give Skiing a go for the first time. (Read the blog post here)

I was absolutely clueless beforehand as to what to take and what i’d need, but now that I’ve been, I’m a pro (packer not skiier) and i can help you with your packing!

Like I said, this was my first time so I’m guessing more advanced level skiers may require different / additional things to this list I’ve made. If that’s you – please feel free to leave a comment below with anything else you’d recommend taking!

This checklist contains everything I took and everything I needed during my ski trip, on and off the slopes…

Travel and Transfers

– A suitcase

I have recently got a brand new suitcase from American Tourister which accommodates for trips where I need to take more / bulkier items with me. This was perfect for skiing as the jackets / boots / layers can take up a lot of room.
(Super good quality, theres a lock on it and it’s currently in the sale!)
Shop my suitcase here


– Ear plugsTransfers to ski resorts are usually lengthy as you have to ascend up mountains and through windy roads to access the villages. Our transfer from Geneva to Val D’isere was 2.5 hours so earphones are great for passing time and listening to music

Shop my Happy Plug earphones here

– Portable Charger

Access to charging points when travelling is limited. If you’re listening to music or playing on your phone, shooting with your GoPro or using any usb device then chances are you’ll need to give it a boost.
Mine has 2 charging ports and a WHOLE LOTTA charge.
Only £14.99

Shop my portable charger here


On The Slopes…

  • Thermals (underlayers)
Shop Trespass Shop M&S

  • Layers 
    It never hurts to have an extra layer or two over your thermals and under your Ski Jacket.
    Just pack a few thin jumpers.
    If it gets hot on the slopes, you can pop bits in your backpack!
  • Salopettes Shop the Roxy ski pants here
  •  Wool Socks
    Long socks that won’t roll down Shop mine here
  •  Waterproof gloves
    Because you wouldn’t want cold wet hands!
  •  Ski goggles
    Essential, particularly if the sun is likely to shine!
  •  Sports bra (girls!) 
Personal preference. Keep ’em tucked away and avoid the annoyance of bra straps / digging in.
(Nike are my favourite for comfort + support) Shop sports bras here
  • Day backback 
    (pop your extra layers, sunglasses, bottle of water, camera accessories, go pro & portable charger in)
    Shop day backpacks here
  • a reusable water bottle (if you get thirsty up in the mountains)
  • Ski equipment / Ski hire: Helmet, skis, ski boots. I hired mine from Snowberry Ski Hire in Val D’isere.


LunchtimesWhether your half way up the mountain or cruising down on the baby slopes, there are restaurants and bars dotted all over ski resorts (judging by Val D’isere) and so lunch will just be a matter of taking off your skis and placing yourself in a seat.

No changing, no faffing. Eat up, drink up & then straight back on the slopes!

The only extra’s I used at lunch were:

– Beanie hat
Great to cover up helmet hair!
In LOVE with the new one Sorel sent me for Christmas. Shop beanies here
Apres Ski
This is the most frequent question I get asked…
‘What do i wear to Apres Ski?’Apres Ski is super chilled – like, it’s really not as big a deal as you think.
By all means make an effort if you fancy, but the majority of  people will come straight from the slopes / be wearing casual wear (in Val D’isere anyhow).

We went to a couple of bars for Apres Ski straight from the slopes, for which I wore:

– my ski attire 
(taking off my ski jacket when inside)

and then put on

– my beanie hat 
to cover my helmet hair! Shop beanies here

For the evenings that we went ‘out out’ to the clubs I wore:

– activewear leggings
Active in Style do a gorgeous selection here

Snowboots / Timberlands / Cat boots

Shop my Snow boots

– Strappy top / thin jumper

– Thermal Ski Jacket
(can pop in cloakroom, essential for walking home)



For walking around in the snow and generally keeping your feet warm, some kind of snow boots or gripping boot are perfect. I took a few pairs but 1 will do if you’re short on space.- Snow boots
Shop my Snow boots











Showering and cosying up for a 3 course dinner before sitting in front of the fire is just HEAVEN after a day on the slopes.
Make sure you have your snuggling attire with you!

– Overnight facemask
I found my skin needed extra hydration whilst i way skiing.
My favourite is the Overnight Intensive by Origins.
shop here
– Lipbalm
Essential to put in your pockets whilst skiing!
– Skin products
The cold weather can give your skin a battering. Make sure you have the correct products to rehydrate and nourish your skin!
I use Clarins and get it at a discounted price (so can you) from AllBeauty!
Shop here
– Toothbrush / toothpaste obviously!

– Tangle teezer
Mini hairbrush that can be popped in your day bag and be used for Apres Ski to sort out your hat / helmet hair!
Shop here

Find out EXACTLY what products i use when i travel in this video…

– Portable USB charger for phone & go pro (take in backpack on slopes)
Shop my portable charger here
– Double Travel adaptor
Maximum charging ability! (Essential for me!)
Shop my double european adaptor here
Shop all adaptors here
– chest strap & wrist strap attachments
Chest strap / wrist strap
– Camera
I use Olympus OMD EM5 MKii
Shop here



Have you been Skiing?

Where have you been? I’d love to know! ?

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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