Packing for a snow vacation or ski holiday with kids? Here are my top tips of all the additional items you’ll need and what to pack for a ski trip with kids:
Family Ski Trip Packing List With Kids
What do I need for a family ski trip?
- Ski jacket and salopettes: Trespass in the UK and this popular store in the USA (affiliate link) have a great selection of kids ski wear at reasonable prices. I would recommend buying salopettes rather than ski trousers so when they fall over in the snow it doesn’t get inside! Also Aldi and Lidl do a ski event usually some time in Nov/Dec which is well worth looking out for.
- Ski gloves: It’s always useful to take 2 pairs as children often ended up dropping them off the ski lift – personally I found the mittens easiest for my under 5s to get on and off quickly. Worth paying a bit more for good quality warm ones if you are going Dec/Jan when the temperatures are much colder or even buying a pair of thermal glove liners as well.
- Ski socks: worth investing in a pair per day (so 6 in total for a week’s skiing) as the kids tend to wear them all day so they either get wet or dirty from playing around in the chalet after ski school.
- Thermals: you can get away with buying 3 thermal tops and 3 thermal bottoms (I recommend M&S/Trespass for their kids thermal sets)
- Fleeces: use these to layer over the top of thermals, take 2 or 3 varying in thickness and avoid the hooded ones as they get in the way of ski jacket hoods and helmets.
- Ski goggles and sunglasses: you will probably need both depending on which part of the season you are skiing in but I found Amazon to be the best for choice and value.
- A neck warmer/balaclava: really useful for extra warmth around the neck/face area in colder temperatures at the top of mountains and stops the snow falling down their jackets.
- Helmet: these are mandatory these days but are often included as part of your ski and boot hire package so check before buying one. Not essential but it is an idea to buy a ski helmet cover as it makes it much easier to identify your child on the crowded pistes as they all look the same from a distance otherwise!
- Ski hat: can’t be worn under the ski helmet but useful to have one for when the kids are playing outside in the snow.
- Snow boots: my kids tend to travel in these and wear them to get to/from ski school and for playing outside in so worth investing in a warm pair.
- A named bag: useful to take with you so that all the bit of clothing/snacks required for ski school can all be kept together in the boot room.
- Sun cream, lip balm and tissues: buy SPF 50 sun cream for their faces and lip balm/tissues are useful to pop in their coat pockets to soothe chapped lips/runny noses on the slopes.
- Hand warmers: buy on Amazon for best value before you go and if you have a little one especially susceptible to getting cold feet you can also pop these inside their ski boots.
- Crocs/slippers: we pack crocs for the kids to wear around the ski chalet and to avoid getting soggy socks in the boot room. Swimsuit: most ski resorts have a public swimming pool so useful to pack in case you get a white out day or looking for something to do after ski school in the afternoon.
- Name labels/sharpie pen: label everything before you go if you’re organised as there are so many pieces of clothing needed the kids loose things really easily. I buy stick on clothing labels from Easy2name.
- Snacks: the kids are normally advised to take a snack with them in their coat pocket to take to ski school so I always pack something I know they like from the UK.
- Medicines: we always find that coughs and colds tend to strike when we’re abroad especially in colder climates, so my recommendation is to pack Calpol/Tylenol and cough medicine just in case it’s not as easy to get hold of abroad.
More ski essentials and travel hacks which can help make your first ski trip with kids go smooth.
- Include some fabric plasters/bands aids or blister plasters in your first aid kit
New boots or rented ski boots can rub and be incredibly painful. Make sure you put some fabric plaster on your kids heels, and carry some with you if they start to rub.
- Stash some reusable plastic bags in your ski jacket
You never know when you may have a wet item of clothing to carry around!
Have you anything else to add for this skiing checklist with kids?
Before you pack have you thought about packing cubes?
Seriously, where have packing cubes been all my life? I had heard about them and then my husband bought some for himself. Needless to say, we have since bought more. It makes organising suitcase so much easier. We always split our clothes between 2 or 3 cases, in case one goes missing, so this helps keep us all organised. You can check and compare latest prices here. I really like these ones from Hello Jolie as they have labels which makes sorting SO much easier!