A handy packing list for your ski- and snowboard trip

November 24, 2023

Planning your ski or snowboard trip is exciting. It makes you look forward to days of shredding down snow-covered slopes and cozy evenings by the fire. At the same time, the preparation for your snow trip can be quite stressful. Before you hit the slopes, you want to be sure you have brought everything you need to make the most out of your holiday. 

To make it easier for you, we have made a comprehensive ski trip packing list. Our tips ensure you pack efficiently, stay warm and dry, and make the most of your alpine escape. Whether you're a seasoned snow enthusiast or a first-time skier, this packing list will help you streamline your packing process, so you can focus on carving your way through winter wonderland.

A handy packing list for your ski- and snowboard trip

1. Documents and money

Travel documents and money are the first things you need to pack for your trip. Without the right documents, you won’t even be able to reach your destination and accommodation. And without money, it’s hard to enjoy your holiday. The necessities include:

• Passport/ID card 
• Healthcare card and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC card)
• Travel insurance card 
• Debit/credit card 
• Cash from the country you are travelling to
• Receipts of your reservations

If you’re travelling by car:

• Drivers license 
• Car registration certificate 
• Green card 

If you’re travelling in a different way:

• Tickets for the plane, bus or train

2. Skis and snowboards

What is a ski or snowboard trip without good skis and snowboards? Of course you can bring your own gear to your snow destination. Buying or renting your snow equipment in your own residence is often less expensive than arranging it at the spot. On the other hand, bringing your gear to your destination by car or airplane can be quite a hassle. 

Whatever option you choose, it’s always a good idea to bring some tools to adjust and maintain your snow sticks, including:

• Edge file
• Wax 
• Iron 
• Cork 
• Scraper
• Screwdriver

3. Snow wear

To stay warm, dry and comfortable on the mountain, you need the right clothes and accessories. Ideally, your outfit should consist of three layers: a moist-wicking base layer, a heat-trapping mid layer and a waterproof and breathable outer layer.

Base layer: 

• Thermal longsleeve
• Thermal legging
• Ski socks

Mid layer:

Fleece jacket & ski sweater for men
Fleece jacket & ski sweater for women

Outer layer: 

Ski/snowboard jacket for men or ski/snowboard jacket for women
Ski/snowboard trousers for men or ski/snowboard trousers for women

Womens ski & snowboard wear


4. Snow accessories

Apart from good ski and snowboard clothing, you need added snow accessories for warmth and protection. Think of:

Snow goggles for men or snow goggles for women
• Ski or snowboard helmet
• Neck warmer or scarf
Beanie or balaclava for men of beanie for women
• Gloves or mittens
• Back protector
• Sunscreen that’s suitable for snow conditions

5. Backcountry essentials (optional)

If you’re planning to explore the backcountry, you need to bring extra equipment to stay safe and ascend to the top. Essentials for backcountry skiing and backcountry snowboarding include:

• Avalanche beacon
Gore-tex clothing
• Probes
• Shovel
• Skins or other gear for ascending
• Added layers of clothing
• Food and drinks

6. Off-mountain stuff

Of course, you don’t spend your entire ski vacation in the snow. And for those off-snow moments, you also want to bring the right things to stay comfortable and entertained – especially if you’re planning a family ski trip. Don’t forget:

• Personal care and equipment 
Sportswear for men or sportswear for women
• Evening and casual wear
Relax clothes for men or relax clothes for women 
Slippers & Flip flops for men or Slippers & flip flops for women
• Travel pharmacy (including norit, aspirin, plasters, tweezers) 
• Toiletries
• Earbuds 
• Lip balm 
• Tissues 
Swimwear for men or swimwear for women
• Games
• Books

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