When the temperatures drop, the ski season starts in many places: Whether in Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Saxony or Baden-Württemberg - in Germany you can indulge in your favorite winter sport in many places. And even if you prefer to ski or snowboard in Austria, Switzerland or even further away (e.g. in the USA), your equipment will always remain the same. It becomes all the more expensive if you only notice on vacation that you have left some of your equipment at home. So that this doesn't happen (anymore), the most important points of a complete packing list for the ski holiday are summarized again in the following overview.
When packing, don't just think about what you need to carry when skiing, but also when you're off the slopes. Be it for après-ski, a day trip or for dinner - a small selection of casual clothing fits in every suitcase. Especially if you have planned other activities during your skiing holiday that require an outfit suitable for everyday use. Again, make sure to pack warm things to protect you from the cold:
The same goes for the accessories that can protect you from wind and rain before, after and while skiing. But the sun is also a risk that is often underestimated, more precisely its dangerous UV radiation, which is many times stronger due to the reflecting snow. A pair of sunglasses with the appropriate protection is essential for a skiing holiday. As well as the following useful stuff:
So that you can go about your daily personal hygiene on your skiing holiday, you should take all the hygiene items with you that you also need at home – preferably in a travel size. You can buy these ready-made or fill them yourself. The utensils are then stowed in a practical toiletry bag that offers enough space for all products. The most important standards of hygiene usually include the following:
As much fun as skiing or snowboarding is, both sports also harbor certain health risks - especially if you are not very familiar with the winter sport: From painful sunburn to light bruises to burning blisters on your feet, you can in skiing holiday suffer from different ailments. It is all the more important that you carry a well-stocked first-aid kit with you that contains the most important basics:
You can actually pay by card almost everywhere these days, but you shouldn’t rely on it and always carry a little cash with you – especially abroad. So that your debit and credit card cannot be read secretly, we recommend a neck pouch or a wallet with RFID protection. You should also take the following documents with you on your skiing holiday:
Depending on how long you are going on vacation or flying, you need different amounts of luggage. In order to determine the right suitcase size, it makes sense to first check off everything you want to take with you and then choose the piece of luggage – for the equipment itself as well as the clothes. When buying new suitcases or backpacks, make sure that they are designed for the desired winter sport. Especially if you also want to ski off-piste:
No less important are your electronic devices, which you will most likely also need on a skiing holiday. In addition to everyday objects such as a cell phone and camera, other technical gadgets such as a special GPS device for skiers or a small headlamp for when you are out and about can be of great use to you. To be on the safe side, be sure to pack the following items with you:
In Germany alone there are several hundred different ski areas, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. According to an official survey, the most popular locations currently include the Sauerland, the Harz Mountains, the Ore Mountains, the Black Forest, the Bavarian Forest and the Alps. Countless skiers and snowboarders come here every year to practice their winter sports. But the ski areas in Austria and Switzerland are still very popular. So before you decide on a location, you should consider in advance which points are important to you. Should the skiing holiday take place in a large ski area or would you prefer a small, idyllic place? Would you like to go to après-ski every day or are you longing more for relaxation and wellness? Are you interested in exploring the area or would you prefer to retreat to a cozy hut?
All of these are decisive criteria when booking a ski trip. For this reason, it is advisable to first become clear about what you need and what you are willing to pay for it. You can then start looking for the right ski area for you and your friends or family - because here too there are serious differences as to which criteria the holiday resort has to meet. Thankfully, nowadays there isn't anything that doesn't exist, so finding the right deal shouldn't be a problem. In the end, the budget also decides what you can and want to afford, but if you book in good time or at short notice, you will find many attractive bargains on the Internet that will enable you to have the skiing holiday you have been dreaming of. And then you can actually start packing straight away – with the right checklist it will only be a question of organization in the future.
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