View of mountains and clouds from the top of the ski lift
Mountains in Austria

What To Pack For a Ski Trip: The Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List

View of mountains and clouds from the top of the ski lift
Mountains in Austria

I have been skiing a couple of times now (France and Austria) and each time I have made a huge detailed list of what to pack for a ski trip. As I was a complete beginner not so long ago, I did struggle with knowing exactly what to take with me.

As it turns out, packing for a ski trip can require quite a hefty suitcase of supplies. So I’ve compiled my ski trip packing list for you to help you on your way.

Plus, it works as a great reminder for me to refer back to when I go on my next ski trip.

group of skiers carrying their skis over their shoulders
Skiing in Kitzbühel


The first list is for the ski specific clothing and accessories you need. Some of these you could possibly buy when you’re out at the ski resort (if you forget something). You can hire the skis, ski boots, ski poles, and helmet out at the ski destination. Definitely no need to buy those unless you’re taking up skiing on a regular basis.


  • Goggles
  • Ski trousers (5000 – 10000 is recommended)
  • Ski jacket
  • Ski helmet
  • Snow boots (for walking)
  • Ski socks (long are best to buffer between your legs and ski boots)
  • Ski gloves
  • Scarf / neck gaiter


For clothes it’s all about the layers. If you can buy clothes that have wicking technology all the better! You are likely to get pretty sweaty when you’re skiing (even if it is cold out), anything too cotton-y will end up soggy. Nobody wants to feel damp all day do they?!

It’s best to have a few options for your days on the slopes, a few options for the evenings hanging out at your hotel or in the bars, and of course something for the spa if you have one nearby. I definitely recommend a soak in a pool if you can, can ease all those tired muscles from the skiing.

  • Layers / thermals
  • Breathable fleece
  • Sweater / Jumper
  • Turtleneck
  • Jeans
  • Jeggings
  • Sports Bra
  • Proper underwear
  • Spare socks
  • Pyjamas
  • Swimsuit (for the pool, spa or hot tub)
  • Flip flops
  • Slippers
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Regular gloves


So many people forget the havoc that high altitude mountain time can have on your skin. Always wear sunscreen when you’re skiing, a long-lasting waterproof one is best but do top up if you need to. The high altitude can also dry and dehydrate your face so I recommend a nice thick layer of moisturiser underneath your sunscreen.

My other favourite tip is to pack chocolate and/or crackers. The chocolate can help with altitude sickness and the crackers help if you are low on energy on the mountains and not near a bar or cafe. I have so many pockets in my ski jacket that it’s not a problem to have a couple of individually-sealed snacks.

Finally, having a stash of compeed is great if you’re prone to blisters on your feet, or wearing ski boots for the first few times. They are nice and cushioned as well, good for squished feet on the slopes.

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip SPF
  • Lip balm
  • Water Bottle – reusable
  • Hand warmers
  • Pack of Tissues
  • Thick face moisturiser
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Compeed
  • Plasters
  • Deep Heat or Tiger Balm
  • Waterproof makeup
  • Chocolate (for altitude sickness)
  • Crackers / Granola Bars

EQUIPMENT (and other stuff)

As a blogger I do end up taking a lot more equipment than the average person. But it’s not unusual to see people with waterproof sports cameras on the slopes. You may not want to take any of the following on this what to pack for a ski trip list, although money and snacks are a pretty good priority in my eyes!

  • DSLR Camera
  • Vlog Camera
  • Sport Camera
  • Chargers
  • Spare batteries
  • Laptop
  • Rucksack / Day pack
  • Padlock
  • Antibac hand gel /wipes
  • First aid kit / medication
  • Travel pillow
  • Sleeping mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Glasses / Contacts Lens
  • Euros / Cash
  • Emergency credit card
hand holding up a glass of white wine against the backdrop of snow covered mountains
Apres Ski

Hope that helps with packing for your ski trip!