Lots of layers
Vests, t-shirts and long-sleeved tops.
Buy: Uniqlo’s Heattech tops come in a multitude of colours and styles; from £9.
These will make ski boots comfier. Take about four or five pairs per person.
Buy: Snow + Rock sell child-sized ski socks; from £2.99.
It’s worth taking two pairs each. Mittens generally keep hands warmer and if it’s really cold, take glove liners.
To protect eyes from snow and sun.
Buy: Zoobug’s selection are made for babies, toddlers and children up to 12; from £28.
A warm hat
For early season skiing we’d also recommend a balaclava (or helmetclava, which is worn under the helmet).
These can be rented in resorts alongside skis.
Buy: If you want to invest in your own don’t buy online, you should go into a shop and make sure it fits properly. Snow+Rock, Blacks and Cotswold Outdoor all stock good brands such as Salomon, Quicksilver and Giro.
Your kids might like the cool Headzstong helmet covers – good for spotting them on the slopes too.
If you’re going at the end of the season you may like to take a thinner waterproof jacket.
Buy: Again, visit Blacks, Snow+Rock, Cotswold Outdoors, Columbia or Surfdome for sturdy kit.
Snow boots or wellies
Buy: Trekwear has a collection of snowboots; from £12.94, or if you’d rather wellies, try Hunter; from £25.
Sun cream and lip block
Buy: Check out our article on our favourite sunscreens.
Backpacks or bum bags
Great for carrying your essentials while out on the slopes for the day.
Buy: Surfdome has a wide range, for adults and children, with brands such as Animal, Vans, Converse and Roxy; from £16.99.
Great for communicating across mountains.
Buy: Choose from a selection at Amazon; from £16.99.
Top tip: You will be able to buy everything you need in the ski resort, but it will be a lot more expensive