Family ski holidays

What to Pack for a Family Ski Holiday

Last updated 10th July 2022

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.


Ski socks

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.


Ski gloves

It’s worth taking two pairs each. Mittens generally keep hands warmer and if it’s really cold, take glove liners.

Buy: Try Hestra or Barts, two top brands.



To protect eyes from snow and sun.

Buy: Scott, Bolle or Bloc are recommended.


Wraparound sunglasses 

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).

Buy: Nothing beat’s Brora for softness, but it comes with a price tag. For more affordable options visit Cotswold Outdoor.



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.


Ski jacket

If you’re going at the end of the season you may like to take a thinner waterproof jacket.

Buy: All of the aforementioned stores stock good brand jackets, as does Surfdome, or for a bargain visit your nearest TK Maxx.


Salopettes/ski trousers

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.


Walkie talkies 

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