Packing for Your Family Ski Holiday
Comfortable clothes rather than dress-up stuff. Thick tights (even for boys) to go under trousers when long underwear isn't enough. This would be especially important in higher altitude resorts particularly during January when it's coldest.
Check the fit of gloves and mittens before leaving home and see whether they stay on when wearing the ski jacket or snow suit. Mittens that are too small are worse than those that are too big and most children seem to have too small mittens (or gloves). An extra set of old gloves can be ideal for those snowball fights or sledging in the afternoon which can leave gloves wet and cold making them very uncomfortable to wear while skiing.
If practical, it's often better to bring two sets of ski wear rather than lots of other après ski clothes - most kids seem to wear their ski stuff all day and then change straight into their PJs. If it's your first time skiing and you don't fancy the expense of buying a full set of ski clothing, you may be able to find a stockist who rent good quality ski suits at a fraction of cost. A quick Google search should point you in the right direction.
Good waterproof shoes or boots are ideal for after skiing and playing in the snow. These can be expensive given that children"s feet grow so fast. It's worth checking Ebay who do a roaring trade in these.
For a baby bring as many nappies as you think you should and probably a few more (if you're really loyal to a particular brand). Don't forget the usual over the counter medicines. These can generally be bought locally but it's better to bring them since you usually need them in the middle of the night.
Sunglasses with a strong UV protection are a must regardless of whether the sun is shining or not because of the glare from the snow. If you haven't bought Goggles, you may decide to wait until you get to resort to see if they are actually needed. If it's not actually snowing and the wind isn't too strong, the sunglasses may suffice. If travelling with a baby, small sunglasses are available with little straps to keep them on.
Sun cream is so important whilst in the mountains. For young children, look for a very high protection. SPF 100+ can now be bought in most chemists.
Bring some favourite toys and games. We mentioned portable DVD players earlier which people seem divided on but if you are taking one, maybe bring a couple of movies for yourself too. A new family board game may be a great way to spend some time together after dinner although you may be tight on space at this stage!