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Ski holiday packing list

Everything you need to take with you

This has probably happened to all of us: after arriving at your holiday destination, you open your travel bag in search of your ski gloves - only to realize that you forgot to pack them. To avoid such a mishap on your next ski holiday, we have put together the ultimate packing list for you here.

Not every packing list is the same

Before we list the equipment, clothing and other utensils for a ski holiday in detail, it should be noted that the packing list for a ski vacation can vary greatly from case to case. Starting with the question of which activities you want to do during your winter holiday and whether you bring your own equipment – such as skis, ski boots, poles, ski helmet, etc. - or rent it on site. Those who are out and about in open ski terrain will need additional safety equipment, which someone who only skis on secured slopes can confidently neglect.

In this list, we assume that you will bring all your sports gear yourself and divide the items into appropriate categories. In each case you have to decide for yourself which things you don't need during your ski holiday or which things need to be added.
skiing in Sölden in Ötztal valley

Ski equipment

  • Skis or snowboard
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Ski poles
  • Ski or snowboard helmet
  • Back protector
  • Ski or snowboard goggles (also sunglasses)
  • Ski or snowboard bag for transport (optional)
  • Ski boot bag (optional)


Ski clothing

  • Functional underwear
  • Ski or snowboard socks
  • Fleece sweater or softshell jacket
  • Ski or snowboard jacket (hardshell)
  • Ski or snowboard pants
  • Ski or snowboard gloves
  • Cap or headband
  • Face protection (buff or neck gaiter/scarf)
  • Backpack (optional)


Freeride equipment

  • Freeride backpack (recommended: backpack with avalanche airbag system)
  • Avalanche transceiver (LVS)
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Avalanche probe
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone for emergency calls
  • Ski or snowboard skins for tours (optional)
  • Thin gloves when ascending (optional)
  • Insulated drinking bottle (optional)
  • GPS watch or device (optional)


You can find more information about safety when freeriding HERE.


Clothing for ”ski-free“ days

  • Winter jacket
  • Jeans or casual pants
  • T-shirt
  • Sweater, pullover
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Winter shoes or boots
  • Thin gloves
  • Cap or headband
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses


Health & hygiene

  • Basic travel medications
  • First aid kit
  • Hygiene items (shower gel, hair shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Toiletry bag
  • Blister plasters
  • Tape
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip protection
  • Medicines you need daily/weekly
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Travel towel (optional)
  • Travel detergent (optional)
  • Plastic bag for dirty laundry


Documents & papers

  • Passport
  • Proof of insurance or international insurance
  • Driver’s license (international)
  • EC or credit card, cash
  • Vaccination card
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Booking confirmation of accommodation
  • Booking confirmation of ski tickets (if booked online in advance)
  • List of important emergency numbers



  • Smartphone & charger
  • Power bank (optional)
  • Notebook or tablet (optional)
  • Camera incl. accessories (spare battery etc.)
  • Headphones (optional)
  • Bluetooth speaker (optional)
  • Power socket adapter (if needed)


Fine helpers & useful things

  • Headlamp
  • Travel pillow
  • Insulated drinking bottle
  • Pen & notebook
  • Pocket knife
  • Travel games (cards etc.)

You have packed everything for your ski holiday, but are still wondering where to go? We have a great tip for you: Sölden in Ötztal! The destination with the ski area of the same name ranks among the most popular and exciting winter sports resorts in all of Europe: 144 absolutely snow-sure slope kilometers (spread over two glacier ski areas and the winter ski region) meet a state-of-the-art mountain lift infrastructure plus many highlights, such as the BIG3 viewing platforms or the unique 007 ELEMENTS James Bond adventure world.

In our comprehensive accommodation list there are over 580 accommodations – you will find everything from design hotels to spacious apartments and original inns or guesthouses. It's really worth booking a room on soelden.com, because in addition to the best price guarantee, you also benefit from our cancellation guarantee (depending on accommodation) up to 48 hours prior to arrival. We hope you enjoy planning your next ski holiday. And don't forget anything ;-)

BIG 3 viewing platform Felssteg ski area Sölden Ötztal