What to pack for the ultimate ski trip

For many European countries, December marks the time when ski season comes into full force. Typical ski seasons usually start around November and finish mid-April and every time it strikes this time of year, I always end up dreaming of hitting the slopes. Skiing is one sport that I have always wanted to try as I would love nothing more than being surrounded by snow covered mountains and snuggling up on an evening in front of a roaring fire. Skiing is something that my extended family spend a lot of time doing and before I was born, my parents travelled all over Europe testing out the slopes.  Each year we have said that we would book a trip, but never got around to doing it, so I'm hoping that 2018 will finally be our 'skiing year'. 

Today in collaboration with rentalcars.com, I've decided to put together my ultimate ski list, dreaming of the items that I would take on holiday with me. Based on my family and friends recommendations, this guide will also give those who have already got a holiday booked a little bit of packing inspiration.

Rentalcars.com is the worlds biggest car hire booking service which filters through all available rental car services in a specific area to find a car at the right price for your holiday. You can pick anything from a small car to an SUV and book via the website or on their easy to use app, where you can manage your bookings on the go from your mobile phone and even use this to collect your car.


When booking a ski trip, it is important to think about the practical items to take with you that will keep you warm and protected from the harsh weather. It is also worth shopping around for these items before heading off to the slopes as they can be quite expensive at the resorts. Firstly you will need to pack a waterproof coat, gloves, ski socks, sunglasses and thermals and then secondly, you will need to think about whether you are hiring items or taking your own ski equipment. Hiring equipment can be expensive, but if you've never skied before, it might be worth renting them so you can figure out if you like the sport before investing so much money.  Basic ski equipment will include a helmet, skis, ski poles and boots.


When you're not skiing, you will need to pack your comfy, but casual clothes. Something that will keep you warm, but also something that you will feel comfortable walking around the resort in. You will need to research the place that you are staying to see if there are any activities other than skiing available as many of them now have swimming pools and fitness areas.

Key items to consider taking with you are a series of thick jumpers, hats, gloves and trousers, winter or hiking boots and cosy sleepwear to keep you warm on a night.


When it is cold outside, your skin can easily become dry and irritated, therefore it is important to pack plenty of skincare to take with you. Consider taking a lip balm to help with any cracked lips you may experience, a heavy moisturising day cream to replenish your skin, a moisturising foundation to give you a subtle glow, but also protect against the elements and a waterproof mascara which will stay put even if you get wet.  You will also need to take a high SPF sunscreen to protect you against any winter sun. 

Important documents

When you're going on a ski holiday, it is important to check your travel insurance documents to see if they cover any accidents that may happen on the slope and if they don't, you may need to take out winter insurance that covers ski trips. You will also need to take your passport and may need additional passport photographs for any ski documentation when you are there.

Have you been skiing before?

*This post is a competition entry for the rentalcars ski competition


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