Your ski holiday is approaching, as is the all-important task of packing your luggage. Stressful and exciting at the same time, it'd be easier to pack everything and not have to choose!

 

Being prepared for all eventualities without your suitcase bursting is the goal I'm offering to help you achieve with this list of essentials to pack before setting off.

 

 

The essentials:

 

- Ski jacket (preferably warm, but you can experiment with layers)

- Ski trousers

- Middle layer (a fleece for example)

- 1st layer (worn directly against the skin)

- Ski socks (minimum of two pairs)

- Ski gloves (warm and waterproof)

- Hat or headband

- Ski goggles

- Sun cream and SPF lip balm

- Passport and European health insurance if you're visiting from abroad.

 

I recommend Merino wool for any clothing layers worn directly against the skin, it's warm, comfortable to wear and doesn't trap body odour... much nicer for your friends in the apartment!

 

This is the bare minimum you will need to bring, but you can supplement this list with the following for more comfort:

 

Clothing and equipment:

- Small rucksack for day-to-day items

- Sunglasses

- Different lenses for your ski goggles so you can adapt to visibility conditions

- Ski helmet

- A flask or a bottle of water (it is important to stay well hydrated at high altitude)

- Lightweight gloves for après-ski activities

- Swimsuit

- Boots or substantial shoes for après-ski activities. Preferably warm, waterproof and with decent studs.

 

Protective gear:

- Back protector (useful for experienced snowpark users)

- Wrist and kneepads (useful for snowboarding beginners)

- a pack including a DVA avalanche rescue device, a shovel and a telescopic probe; all essential if you are planning to ski off piste.

 

Electronic equipment:

- Camera

- GoPro-style on-board camera

- Smartphone (loaded with the Val Thorens app)

 

Don't forget to pack chargers and extra batteries as they don't hold their charge for as long in the cold weather.

 

Obviously, this list isn't exhaustive and we'd like to know what you bring with you during your holiday. Leave us a comment below!

Most popular articles they're really popular
Conseils
How to adjust your ski bindings
This autumn, we learnt how to choose a pair of skis to suit your needs and aims, now it's time to learn how to adjust your bindings so you can ski in complete safety.
Conseils
Legendary 3 Vallées runs
From locals to holidaymakers via 3 Vallées addicts, we?ve asked everyone?s opinion to ensure your ski tips will be itching to get onto these legendary 3 Vallées runs.
Conseils
How to maintain your skis
Hi there! It's time for a new article about ski equipment, and today we're going to cover everything you need to know about proper ski maintenance.
you'll like that too your favourite topics
Conseils
Everything you need to know about ski insurance in France.
You’ve planned your ski trip months in advance, but things can still go wrong…
Conseils
All you should know about protections to ski safely !
So you don’t forget anything, here’s a list of head-to-toe protection equipment. You don’t have to wear any of it, but we strongly advise it when you’re heading out for an adventure in the snow.
Conseils
How to choose the right ski equipment for your little ones
That’s it, this year you’ve decided to take your little cherubs skiing! To make sure their first descents are an unforgettable and magical experience, here are a few tips on how to make the right choice of equipment:
Conseils
4 top tips for tranquil driving on snow
Marine, a driving instructor on the Alain Prost ice-driving track, shares her advice and top tips for stress-free driving :
Conseils
The right settings for your GoPro
Having grasped its various functions, now it’s time to learn how to use them. Here are the perfect settings to get the best performance from your GoPro!
Conseils
Sleep like a marmot
It's holiday time, which is usually the perfect opportunity for a proper rest that gets rid of all the tiredness you've built up since the start of the year. Over the last few months, who hasn't secretly dreamed of sleeping like a marmot ?