Packing List – For An Active Family Holiday in the Snow

Packing List - For An Active Family Holiday In The Snow
Posted by on February 18, 2017

‚ÄúHe who would travel happily must travel light.‚Ä̬†

Antoine de St. Exupery

 

Gone are the days of laying everything out on the bed you would like to pack, then halving it. Here is a guide to help you save time by only gathering what you really need, right from the beginning.

In this post you will find the items we packed for our recent snow holiday to the French Alps. As our intention is always to travel with the least amount of luggage as we can get away with, the adults share one suitcase and our two children share the other. We had one extra suitcase for this trip as we travelled during the Festive Season and, considering our children are still quite young, we had a few extra items to transport there and back!

Leaving packing to the last minute is not recommended for snow holiday. There are a few essential clothing items you need to ensure you comfortably enjoy the cold temperatures and have fun on the slopes.

Online Market Places such as local Facebook Groups, eBay and/or Gumtree are great places to keep your eye on for people selling preloved gear. Alternatively, if you find yourself in a position where you need to buy new, Aldi (for Australian readers) is a good option. Just be prepared to line up ready for the doors to open and go into battle with the crowds, for this once a year snow sale (usually around May/June).

We always ensure the clothes are slightly bigger when we purchase them, allowing the children room to grow. These clothes are then passed down to Siblings, Cousins or anyone else we know who are planning a holiday on the slopes.

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Clothing

Our rule of thumb when travelling is to pack for a one week, regardless of how long we will be away. Spending a couple of hours washing (for me), far outweighs the hassle which comes with being ‘bogged down’ with the responsibility of too much luggage.

The challenge is balancing just the right combination of specialised waterproof clothing for days spent skiing and snowboarding, with¬†warm comfy outfits for exploring on down days and hanging out in front of the fire at¬†the Chalet. This was our¬†sixth family snow holiday, so¬†we now have our packing ‘down pat’.

Handy Tip #1 РWash your snow gear in a specialised waterproof cleaner to extend the life of your clothes. My Husband and I have had our Snow Gear for six seasons and they have kept breathability and water repellency each year Рvery important for snowboarders who sit down to click in.  

 

Children’s Packing List:

(I will leave you to guess which is which judging from the colour¬†scheme ūüėā)

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Handy Tip #2: Remember winter items are quite thick and take up extra room in your luggage. If you prefer to pack light, make sure you choose multi-use items which colour match, rather than clothes you will only wear once. 

 

  • 2 X Jeans
  • High Neck Cotton Skivvies –¬†the high neck keeps the wind out without trying to wrestle with scarves.
  • 2 Sets of Thermals
  • Ski Jacket, Ski Trousers, Waterproof Gloves, Ski Googles
  • Singlets
  • Jumper
  • Long Sleeve Tops
  • Pyjama’s
  • Knitted Beanies, Gloves, Balaclava (for under ski helmut)
  • Tights and stockings (extra warmth under jeans even for our Little Man)
  • Socks – Mixture of both knee length ski socks for under ski boots and cotton socks
  • Underwear (not shown for obvious reasons)
  • Ski Boots – thermal and waterproof, the only shoes we take
  • Swimmers. Ok these aren’t shown as I didn’t realise swimmers till the last minute – they aren’t usually on my Snow Packing List. There was a heated pool at the resort during our week in Val Thoren.
  • Toiletries
  • Torch – for night comfort in new surroundings

 

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Handy Tip #3: If you are likely to return with more than you left home with, pack your items flat, rather than with clever space saving techniques. On your return trip tightly roll your clothing (the best way to conserve room in your suitcase) and you will instantly discover extra room.

Her’s¬†

(The cold frog…)

    • 2X Trousers – one skinny jeans, one dress pants
    • 2X Cotton Knit/Wool Long Sleeves
    • 2X Thermals
    • Ski Jacket, Ski Trousers, Waterproof Gloves, Ski Googles
    • Singlets
    • Jumpers
    • Long Sleeve Tops – for under ski jacket and slightly dressier
    • Pyjamas
    • Knitted Beanies, Gloves (with touch screen finger pads for smart phone) and Neck Warmer
    • Stockings (extra warmth under jeans)
    • Socks – Mixture of both knee length ski socks for under ski boots and cotton socks
    • Lingerie (not shown¬†ūüė≥)
    • Ski Boots – thermal and waterproof, the only shoes we take
    • Swimmers. Ok these aren’t shown as I didn’t realise swimmers till the last minute – they aren’t usually on my Snow Packing List. There was a heated pool at the resort during our week in Val Thoren.
    • Toiletries

His

(Warm blooded)

  • Pack-It Folder Containing T-shirts and a Dress Shirt (for Date Night ūüėć)
  • Board Shorts – indoor heated pool
  • Ski Jacket, Ski Trousers, Waterproof Gloves, Ski Googles
  • Singlet
  • Jumper
  • 2X Trousers – one jeans, one casual
  • Pyjamas
  • Knitted Beanie, Balaclava
  • Socks – Mixture of both knee length ski socks for under ski boots and cotton socks
  • Underwear (not shown)
  • Ski Boots – thermal and waterproof, the only shoes we take
  • Toiletries

Handy Tip #4: Make sure you leave your jackets, beanies and gloves on the top of your packed bag, or carry them in your hand luggage. Possibly even an extra jumper if you have a long transfer ahead once you land. You will need easy access to them as soon as you step outside the airport.

 

Toiletries

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You don’t need to book yourself into an Eco Hotel to have a positive impact on our environment. There is a whole post swimming around in my mind of ‘Eco Habits’ which can easily be implemented wherever your chosen holiday destination but for today, lets just focus on packing. Travelling with your own toiletries, rather than using the individual ones usually provided by hotels, will save a huge amount of unnecessary waste. Soap is the one item we didn’t remember to pack so¬†we were happy to find the one provided was wrapped in paper not plastic.

Hand Luggage

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Aside from our suitcases, each member of the family packs a carry on bag to take on the plane.

In the children’s bags you will find:

  • Favourite ‘can’t-sleep-without’ teddy bear/rabbit – front and centre!
  • Their favourite ‘quiet time’ activities such as a book to read or some colouring in (the inflight TV is their primary amusement)
  • A small toy or two
  • Lunch box with snacks and a drink bottle – more info can be found here Lunch Box Essentials to Simplify Your Life, Save You Money and Change The World!
  • Jumper, beanie and gloves for when we arrive
  • Our Little Man will also have his binoculars
  • Tissues/hankie – an essential item for the jacket pockets for a holiday in the snow
  • Lip balm¬†– an essential item for the jacket pockets for a holiday in the snow. A twist application is much more convenient than one applied with your finger considering the necessity of wearing gloves.

In the Adult’s bag you will find:

  • Passports
  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Charger
  • Tissues/hankie – an essential item for the jacket pockets for a holiday in the snow
  • Lip balm – an essential item for the jacket pockets for a holiday in the snow. A twist application is much more convenient than one applied with your finger considering the necessity of wearing gloves.
  • Spare ‘sick’ bags for the children, just incase
  • Jumper, beanie and gloves for when we arrive

Miscellaneous

  • Child Booster Seat
  • First Aid Kit
  • Travel Nebuliser

To Hire and/or Buy

  • Ski’s and Poles
  • Snowboards
  • Helmets
  • Wrist Guards for the Snowboarders (which we bought when we arrived)

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It was during our walks to and from bus stops, along wet, uneven and steep windy alpine roads, which reinforced to us the benefits of travelling lightly. So yes, as the quote at the top suggests, we really were a whole lot happier.

Travelling with ‘less stuff’ is definitely our preferred option and a direct result of our¬†everyday lifestyle choice of #lessstuffmoreexperiences. This ambition is becoming more achievable for us each year as our children are getting older. Slowly, but surely, we are¬†able¬†to travel without extra items such as port-a-cots, prams and have just¬†recently reached the stage where we only need to travel with¬†one bulky car seat. Actually this was our first holiday where car seats weren’t required, which was due to the fact we travelled by bus transfer rather than a car.

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As I finish this post and rack my brains for any last things I have forgotten to mention, I look at this picture of us wandering to the bus and ponder; was¬†there anything we actually didn’t need to take?

Can you think of anything I have missed or have you any suggestions to add to this packing list. Please join me and continue the conversation via:

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X Shea

 

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12 Responses to Packing List – For An Active Family Holiday in the Snow

  1. One geek of a Parent

    I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a detailed packing list with demarcation for kids and adults (bonus!). This one is so worthy of a share.

    • Shea

      My OCD has been exposed Priyanka!!! Thank you so much for sharing, makes it all the worthwhile when you know your story has been helpful to someone! X

  2. Tasneem Rajkotwala

    This is such an informative guide for someone who is considering a family holiday – love that exhaustive checklist!

  3. Amruta

    Good List Shea! It’s very important not to overpack, not just good for the planet but also for us to have clutter free bag. But people tend to do that when travelling with kids.

    • Shea

      Thank you Amruta. Can’t think of anything worse than being responsible for a heap of ‘stuff’ when switching off and enjoying a family holiday – or any holiday ūüėā

  4. Diorella Joy

    I am taking down notes while reading this post ūüėČ our family is planning our next Europe trip in the coming months. This post is really helpful. Thanks Shea ūüėÄ

    • Shea

      Oh that is such great news Diorella, let me know if you have any questions (or if I have missed anything?) I have ‘snow envy’ every time I look at Instagram at the moment, everywhere looks so pretty! Looking forward to reading about your trip. X

  5. Tarana Khan

    Would you believe I’ve never seen an actual snowfall? But it’s on my list, and your post has really inspired me.

    • Shea

      Oh Tarana, heading to the snow is such a great way to spend a family holiday. If you read some of my early posts on snow holidays in NZ you can see how we did it when our kids were still babies/toddles in a pram. Highly recommend it! X

  6. Sherylee

    Very good list and perfect for us planning on Europe at the end of this year. Do you have recommendations for the snow/ski boots? Especially ones available in Australia?

    • Shea

      Hi Sherylee, we have consistently bought our snow boots from Aldi during their snow sale. They are the only shoes we take with us on a snow holiday and (to date), we have always been happy with the quality. As far as ski and/or snowboard boots go, we always hire them.
      Does this help? X Shea

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