Staying stylish on the slopes: Packing for a ski trip

On Thursday I’m going on a snowboarding trip to Catalonia.

As I began packing I had flashbacks to my last skiing trip in Canada when I packed virtually every item of clothing I owned. Better to be safe than sorry, right? Well no, not always. My suitcase was so heavy I could barely even wheel it along and half way through my trip the worst thing possible happened; a wheel broke off my case. I vowed never to pack so much again so I’m carefully considering every item that makes it into my case this time!

Here is my dream packing list for a ski trip.  Some items I already have and some of them are on my wishlist (such as those £170 Taylor Gold Headphones below!)

What to wear when skiing and snowboarding.jpg1. Heatgen™ Thermal Zipped Sports Top from M&S

2. Light Control Thermal Sports Leggings from M&S

3. Fleece lined waterproof gloves

4. Long socks that won’t roll down

5. North Face ski jacket

6. Volcom Bright pants

7. Goggles

8. Taylor Gold Headphones

9. Hip flask

10. Snowboard

11. Bright wool from Wool and the Gang to knit own hat!

12. Snowboard boots

Snowboarding is the perfect opportunity to dress in the brightest, boldest colours possible. I only get this chance once a year so I embrace every second of it. I don’t care if you want to call the Fashion Police, the brighter the better in my book.

If you want to pack light then I’d recommend cutting back on the thermals because you really don’t need that many. Invest in some good quality under-layers that won’t rub against your boots or rise up your back. I’m testing out some M&S thermals while I’m away which I’ll be reporting back on when I get home.

I’ve recently become a bit obsessed with knitting and I’ve knitted this cute blue hat above. Hopefully I’ve done a good enough job so that it stays together on the slopes!

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1. Cosy jumpers all from TopShop

2. Ugg snowboots

3.  Leigh Jeans from TopShop (every woman should have a pair of these!)

4. Chelsea boots from TopShop

5. Cute hats from Wool and the Gang (just embrace the hat hair)

6. Oakley polarised glasses

7. Statement necklace from Zara

8. Sexiest winter coat in the world found on Pinterest but unable to find anywhere else!

My top tip for packing light is to pack one or two pairs of nice jeans or trousers that go with everything so you have plenty of space for loads of different tops and accessories. No one ever remembers your trousers and most photos are taken from the waist up so it doesn’t even matter if you wear the same jeans all week. (I know this is kind of gross but I do it all the time. Don’t judge)

To save even more space you can opt for a ski jacket that doubles up as an evening coat but I think this coat is gorgeous I had to add it to the list. Rather than trying to avoid hat hair, I usually just pack lots of different hats and make them part of my outfit. This year I’ve knitted a few of my own.

I’ve added some chunky, low-heeled boots that can be worn in the snow but are also perfect for bars and clubs.

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1. Moroccan Rose bath oil

2. Ultrasun lipbalm SPF15

3. Pure moisture balm

4. Queen Bee Day Cream SPF 15

5. Huile Prodigieuse® Dry Oil

6. Bliss lemon and sage body butter

All products found here

There is nothing better than having a long, hot bath and a pamper session after a long and tiring day skiing or snowboarding. This REN Moroccan bath oil is lush and you can’t beat Bliss body butter. Don’t forget to protect your skin from the rays with a moisturiser and lip balm with at least SPF 15.

Do you have any more packing tips for skiing and snowboarding trips?

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


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