Packing for a ski holiday with children seems an immense task, so to make it easier for you, here’s our essential ski holiday with kids packing list.
Kids ski wear packing list:
• 2 x ski jackets and trousers or 2 x all in one ski suits
• 2 x thermals (long sleeved tops and leggings)
• 3 x ski socks
• 3 x t-shirts to wear over thermals
• 2 x fleece jumper or cardigan
• 2 x Ski gloves (or mittens depending on your preference)
• 1 x goggles (UV protective and with a strap long enough to fit around a helmet)
• 1 x helmet (an essential, but you don’t need your own, you can hire them along with your skis)
Two lots of ski gear seems excessive, but children do enjoy playing/sitting/lying down in the snow so ski gear can get wet and if it’s cold/snowy weather, your child will need a second set to wear out and about in the evenings while the first one dries. If you can borrow a spare set, then do. All in one ski suits for children are great for stopping snow from getting down the trousers and up their jacket, but separate ski jacket and ski pants are easier for children needing to take themselves to the toilets.
Kids sun protection on the slopes:
• Spf50+ kids sun cream (big bottle for in the chalet, small ones to reapply on the slopes)
• Sun protection lip balm
Slope side snacking:
• Pack fun size mars bars, milkyways etc for a quick energy boost for the kids while you’re on the slopes. Buy them in the UK before you go as they can be expensive in the resort.
Optional kids ski extras:
•Thin balaclava that can be worn under ski helmet (providing it doesn’t affect the helmet fit)
• Neck gaiter/turtle fur
• For younger skiers not long out of nappies, you could consider taking some easy up type nappy pants to prevent panic if your child can’t get to the toilet quick enough while taking ski lessons. Ensure that they realise it’s for ‘just in case’.
Remember no scarfs on the slopes as they can be a hazard on ski lifts
Kids wear for après ski, getting around the ski resort and back in the chalet
What you take for non slope time depends of course on whether you plan to retire back to your chalet after skiing each day or you head into the resort for your evening meals
• Snow boots – warm and waterproof
• UV protection Sunglasses (wrap around for full protection)
• Hat, gloves and scarf
• 8 x Underwear
• 3x T-shirts (layer plain longsleeved under short sleeve t-shirts) (wear in the evening, and then over thermals next day skiing)
• 2 x Trousers (Skinny/slim fit jeans/leggings/woolly tights are great for under ski trousers if it’s cold outside but you want to slip ski trousers off in warm restaurants etc.
• Jumpers/fleeces for evenings
• 2 x PJs for bed and general chalet lounging!
• Bed socks (to save space taking slippers.)
Other things to take on your ski holiday:
• Swimming costumes (if your accommodation or resort has a pool)
• Travel toys & books. For the journey and ones that double up for use in the chalet and can be taken to use in restaurants while waiting for your meal. See our guide to kids travel toys for ideas.
• Calpol/nurofen sachets
• Standard small first aid kit (plasters, gauze, tape, tweezers, small scissors, antiseptic cream)
Fitting it all in the case!
That’s a lot of bulky stuff to take. Of course you can wear ski jackets on the aeroplane, but that still leaves a lot of bulk. Our top tip is to use vacuum bags to pack and suck the air out of ski socks and rolled up base layers (they’ll make other things go wrinkly). There’s often a vacuum supplied in your accommodation to be able to do the same on the return journey, or you could ask your accommodation to lend you one). Even if you just do the ski socks, you’ll save space.
Shopping for kids ski wear:
For great value kids ski wear, try the Outdoor MegaStore for their kids ski wear packages. To perfectly combine an all in one ski suit with the benefit of separates, try this jacket and matching ski pants with attached inner bib to keep the snow out from Snow and Rock (fab colour too!). And finally, for a range of baby snow suits and funky gear for older children try Ellis Brigham, with ranges from Protest, Spyder, Columbia and more.
For more details about the type of ski gear you need, more information can be found here: children’s ski wear. You might also be interested in our information on kids ski lessons, family friendly ski resorts and more kids ski advice.
What would you add for your children to our ski holiday packing list?
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