Working out what to pack for a skiing trip, particularly if it’s your first time, can be difficult. Knowing how many pairs of socks you’re going to need, what type of clothing you’re going to require during the day and in the evenings, and just how thick your jumpers need to be can be confusing. In order to give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of things to pack, so you can be sure that you’re always going to be prepared, whether you’re sipping champagne at a party in a log cabin, or hitting the slopes!
Leaving your glad rags at home is always risky, but if you’re heading to a popular ski resort in the Alps, the chances are the smartest you’re going to be dressed is an outfit of jeans and a jumper. Generally, you’re going to be in your ski gear for the majority of the day, and sometimes well into the evening if you can find the right après-ski bar. This means you can keep your smart shoes and suit jackets at home – leaving you more room for cosy jumpers and your ski jackets!
The glare of the sun on the white snow should never be underestimated when it comes to your skiing trip. While in the summer, fashionable sunglasses are an essential addition to your outfit, in the winter they can protect you from the damaging UV rays that are actually more dangerous in the winter than in the warmer months. Make sure that you source sunglasses from our range before your skiing trip, so you can benefit from high-quality lenses to help protect your eyes against inflammation or more serious eye conditions. Alternatively, you can choose specialist ski goggles – while these are not necessarily the most stylish addition to your skiing outfit, they can provide you with the right kind of protection.
Plenty Of Socks
If you’re planning on hiring ski boots at your holiday destination, then you’re going to want to ensure that you’re protecting your feet from boots that have probably had many other pairs of feet in them. However, even if you have your own ski boots, you’re going to want to pad them out in order to make them much more comfortable. With the Alpine frost kept at bay, and the opportunity to continually change your socks in the event of snow seeping through to soak your feet, you are certain to remain comfortable and content – all with the help of a couple of pairs of extra socks.
Why do you need swim shorts in the Alps? Hot tubs and thermal baths of course! One of the best parts of many ski resorts in the Alps is their access to spas, and if you’re skiing in the lap of luxury, you may even be graced with the presence of a hot tub in your room. There’s nothing more comforting and relaxing than a dunk in a thermal bath or hot tub to help warm you up after a long day on the slopes, so make sure that you pack your Thomas Royall swim shorts to take full advantage of this.
There are a number of different spa and thermal bath resorts in the Alps. Les Bains de Lavey is one of the biggest in Switzerland, and with declarations that the mineral water comes from the hottest spring in the country, you’re certain to enjoy a relaxing dip in there. Other beautiful thermal spas and baths that you should make sure to check out include Therme Vals, Bains de Saillon, Bains d’Ovronnaz and Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains.
If you have your own skiing gear, make sure that you remember your helmet. This is one of the most important pieces of equipment for an avid skier, particularly if you’re going to be taking on some of the more challenging red routes on the mountains. While it may not be the most stylish addition to your suitcase, it is definitely a necessity.
If you’re heading to the Alps this winter, make sure that you are completely prepared with the help from our list above to ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime.