Packing list: family skiing holiday

family skiing

Heading to the slopes for the first time this year? Find out what seasoned skiers take with them – and where to find top kit for all the family.

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Essentials

Firstly, you don’t need to buy skis or helmets as you can hire these once you’re there.

Start with the basics – you can't get by without the below.

Decathlon Women's Ski Jacket, £18.99

Decathlon Women's Ski Jacket, £18.99

You're going to need sturdy, cosy jacket. Decathlon ski gear is very reasonable; great for beginners who don't want to splash out on expensive kit just yet, or for kids who just won't. Stop. Growing.

“Decathlon” is fantastic for ski stuff – all the French kids are decked out in it. Cheap and decent quality. My son will be wearing Decathlon till he stops growing out of stuff."

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Aldi Lambswool Thermal Layers, £11.99 each

Aldi Lambswool Thermal Layers, £11.99 each

These lambswool-blend separates are perfect for keeping your core toasty warm on the slopes. Even better, they're machine-washable – it's surprising how -sweaty- warm you can get in the snow!

“I love Aldi's merino wool base layers”

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H&M Padded Outdoor All-In-One Suit, £49.99

H&M Padded Outdoor All-In-One Suit, £49.99

“H&M is good for children's skiwear”

This padded all-in-one suit is wind- and water-proof and keeps snow out with elasticated cuffs and straps under the feet.

“If you are beginners then padded salopettes are a good idea (cushioning if you fall over!)”

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Mountain Warehouse Caribou Junior Snow Boots, from £12.99

Mountain Warehouse Caribou Junior Snow Boots, from £12.99

These sturdy, snow-proof boots have a sherpa fleece lining to keep little feet warm and a deep-tread high-traction sole to prevent slipping over in the snow. Plus, the slip-on, Velcro closure minimises faffing when getting suited and booted.

“Sturdy walking boots are essential!”

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Decathlon Ski Goggles, from £4.99

Decathlon Ski Goggles, from £4.99

Decathlon is definitely the place to go for ski bargains: these children's ski goggles are a steal at only £4.99 and they stock adult styles from an extremely reasonable £7.99.

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Mountain Warehouse Ski Gloves, from £9.99

Mountain Warehouse Ski Gloves, from £9.99

A pair of gloves that will keep your hands warm and dry is an essential if you plan to hit the slopes. These gloves from Mountain Warehouse have a fleece lining, textured palm for better grip and are fully snow-proof.

“Check out Mountain Warehouse as they have good deals on all outdoor gear, including ski stuff"

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Uniqlo Heat Tech Layers, from £9.90

Uniqlo Heat Tech Layers, from £9.90

Uniqlo's Heat Tech range specialises in keeping you warm without adding bulk. Even better, these cosy layers look don't look like thermals so you're good to go for après-ski.

“Uniqlo's Heat Tech layers are really good. They're fine, silky soft, can be worn under clothes or as tops/leggings in their own right and don't cost the earth.”

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ASOS Bumbag, from £10

ASOS Bumbag, from £10

Bum bags are compact and easy to access, making them ideal for skiing. These jazzy numbers from ASOS are perfect for storing your snacks, lip balm and sunscreen in style.

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Optional extras (that make all the difference)

  • “Sunscreen – I take a big bottle and apply before I go out each day, and have a smaller tube that I take out to top up later if it's particularly sunny.”
    Take multipacks of chocolate as mid-morning snacks.
  • “Lip balm, sunglasses and a retaining cord.”
  • “We take plenty of those hand warmers which you take out of their packet, shake up and put into your gloves. They stay warm for many hours.”
  • “Ibuprofen gel. Lots of it (for mysterious new aches and pains).”
  • “Take multipacks of chocolate as mid-morning snacks.”
  • “If we're self-catering and I have spare weight allowance I always take tea, coffee, pesto, ketchup, sugar, salt, etc.”
  • “A four-socket UK extension cable so that you don't have to fight over adapters to get everything charged up overnight.”

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