Packing 101

Stories24th November 2020

Packing 101

From The Holiday Essentials, To The Home Comforts That You Won’t Want To Leave At Home!  Our Guide To Packing For Your Holiday

Some of us hate it and put it off till the last minute, others revel in it knowing it means their holiday is just around the corner.  Either way, make sure you are correctly kitted out for your holiday and don’t forget those little extras that can make all the difference!

Outer layers

Your ski jacket and salopettes.  A wise soul once said “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”.  You want something waterproof, warm and breathable to ensure you’re ready to face all weather conditions.  Getting this mix right means it’s going to keep you dry and warm on those snowy days, yet still let your skin breath on warmer days when you sweat.  Look for something with a high waterproof and breathability rating.

A warm waterproof jacket and salopettes is a must!

Thermals

Not layering appropriately can make the difference between you being miserable and calling it a day at 2pm, or being able to ski until the lifts close with a smile on your face.  A good base layer should ‘wick’ away perspiration from your skin.  It’s best to avoid cotton here as it can leave you feeling clammy and cold if you sweat.  The best base layers are made from merino wool and man-made fabrics.

Goggles and Sunnies

It’s best to have both so you can alternate depending on the weather conditions.  Some people choose to opt for two different goggles, one for low light conditions on a white-out day, and another for bright sunlight.  Many companies offer lens that change depending on the conditions which is worth it to minimising the amount of kit you have to carry.  Our great partners Electric do a wide range of goggles, and if your a guest you can get a whopping 25% of their range!

Protect your head and eyes with a good quality helmet and pair of goggles!

Helmet

These days you would be silly not to wear one.  They come in all colours, designs and patterns now so you’re sure to find one that suits your style.  Renting a helmet is better than no helmet, however we advise buying your own is you’re a frequent skier as you won’t know how many previous knocks they have taken and it will help cut costs in the long run!  We stock Sandbox helmets in various sizes and colours for you to buy.

Buff, Socks, Mittens, Hats and Other General Gubbins

Deck yourself out with some decent ski socks that come above your boot to avoid the dreaded ‘sock roll down’.  Investing in a decent pair of gloves or mittens is essential, particularly as a snowboarder or beginner who might have their hands in the snow more than others.  Those containing Gore-tex are great for their waterproof qualities as soggy cold hands are a recipe for tantrums on the mountain whatever your age.  It’s important to remember to, that if your toes and hands are cold it’s often a sign your core is cold so wear more layers!

Getting the right equipment for the job, and ensuring you’re ready to face the elements of a mountain whatever the weather really is important for getting the most out of your holiday.  If you’re freezing cold, can’t feel you’re toes and you think your fingers might have already fallen off chances are you are going to cut your day short and make a B-line early for that fresh chalet cake.. So get suited and booted and ready to make the most of your time on the mountain!  (and don’t forget the snacks..)

General checklist:

  • Skis/Snowboard/Boots if you have your own
  • Ski jacket and salopettes
  • Base thermal layers
  • Goggles and sunglasses
  • Helmet
  • Ski socks
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Hat
  • Buff / Scarf for face
  • Passport and flight tickets
  • Suncream SPF 30+
  • Money in local currency, credit/currency cards
  • Boots suitable for walking in snow
  • Slippers/flip flops for getting to the hot tub and wearing around the chalet
  • Power socket adapter for France
  • Toiletries
  • Swimwear (Hot Tub!)
  • Medication and a basic first aid kit
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Your favourite UK snacks for a sugar boost on the mountain
  • Casual clothes for the evening

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