The Ultimate Preparation List For Your First Ski Trip

A skiing holiday is incredibly exciting. If you’re an advanced skier, you will already know what to pack in your suitcase (and also what things need pre-arranging). However, if skiing holidays are new to you, you must ensure you understand what needs packing and planning.

A ski trip isn’t like a usual holiday. You won’t often require flip-flops and bikinis. But you will require safety measures and appropriate gear. If you want the best from your first ski holiday, it is best to be well-prepared.

This ultimate list will help you organize and prepare for your first-ever ski trip. Let’s get into it!

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The right type of travel insurance

Getting the right type of travel insurance for skiing holidays is essential. If you aren’t covered for skiing incidents, how are you supposed to seek financial support if an accident happens on the slopes?

We do hope nothing bad happens, but it is best to be prepared. You can choose to cover a one-off trip or future trips. Depending on your future plans, you might wish only to take a single policy or a lifetime of insurance if you plan future skiing trips.

Safety gear

The right safety gear is a must when you go skiing. You can’t expect to hit the slopes with a normal pair of trousers and no headgear. You need to be buckled up and protected from potential dangers.

Some of the essentials to pack for your first skiing trip include:

  • Goggles
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Layered clothing
  • Thick socks
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski jacket
  • Ski pants

There are other essentials that you will need, like a ski board and skis. However, you can hire these at your chosen accommodation or a local ski tour company. While you might want your own, it is best to wait to invest until after you’ve tried it for the first time.

A helmet is something you can hire, too. But many people prefer to have their own.

Things for your leisure time

You will need other items to get through your trip when you aren’t out creating new memories on the slopes. Pack other essentials for downtime unless you want to stay in your skiing gear. You might get rather uncomfortable in ski pants for the entire trip.

Many ski resorts offer spa facilities, so you could pack your swimwear. Also, pack clothes for dinners and other activities every day. It is common for these holidays to involve other activities, such as walking, hiking, and lounging. So, be sure to pack everything you need for your itinerary.


If you want to capture your memories, be sure to pack a camera or GoPro. These will guarantee you can capture the best footage while on the slopes.

A GoPro is a wise idea as you can strap it to your outfit and capture video footage of you and your friends/family skiing. They are small and compact, so they are easy to bring. Add them to your hand luggage for safekeeping.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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