So, you’ve booked your ultimate winter holiday to go skiing in Tignes; that’s the hard part of the planning done, but what about the other details? If you’re a seasoned skier and traveller you may find packing to get ready for your holiday a cinch, but if this is the first time you’re heading to the snow for a week you could probably do with a few tips!
There’s nothing worse than arriving for the first day of your holiday and realising you’ve neglected to bring something that you need. If you’ve chosen to stay in one of the excellent catered chalets in the resort (which is highly recommended), you’ll have everything at your disposal in terms of day-to-day practicalities, but when it comes to your personal items and clothing our handy checklist may help.
Must-Have Items to Pack
The first thing to do is to make a list (or just use ours) - and the second thing to do is stick to it! Skiing in Tignes (or anywhere, really) is a very specific type of holiday, and it’s actually not too hard to work out what you’re really not going to be able to do without.
Clothing: The key word when it comes to clothing is “layers”. In the Alps the weather can change with little or no warning, so it pays to layer up. Bring: a few base layer tops and bottoms, a couple of sweaters, a waterproof ski jacket, waterproof ski pants, a fleece vest, multiple pairs of socks, hat, gloves and mittens, and as a bonus a waterproof snow suit (all-in-one). For the time off the slope you’ll need: jeans or pants, several tops and light sweaters, warm socks, appropriate footwear, warm pyjamas, one “good” outfit if you’re planning on a special dinner one night.
Ski gear: If you go skiing in Tignes you’ll actually be able to rent all the gear you need. But if you want to invest in your own then you’ll need to bring: ski boots, skis and poles or snowboard, goggles, helmet, sunglasses, small backpack, hand and foot warmers, basic first-aid kit.
Toiletries: What toiletries to bring on holiday is always a tricky one, but when you’re going skiing in Tignes, good quality lip balm and sunscreen are top of the list of absolute necessities. Beyond that it’s just the regular shampoos, skin products, deodorant, body lotion and miscellaneous items. Be careful not to over cater on your toiletries, though, as their weight can really add up. You should also make a “note to self” not to forget any prescription medication or natural remedies you use.
Technology: While it might be tempting to bring everything and the kitchen sink, “just in case”, you really should try to limit the technology you bring with you. This isn’t just because you should be trying to relax, but also because of the risk of theft or damage of expensive equipment while travelling. If you have a smartphone, that will suffice for taking photos, keeping in touch and the all-important social media posts – so there’s usually no need to bring laptops.
“Don’t Bother” Items to Leave at Home
Of course, it’s your holiday and your baggage allowance, but the most experienced powderhounds recommend that, even if you’re staying in one of the excellent catered chalets when you go skiing in Tignes, packing lightly is always best. This means leaving at home extraneous items that really don’t have a place, like: expensive jewellery or watches, designer handbags and shoes, high-priced technology items, food items (catered means you don’t have to worry about that!), and flashy fashion - smart casual is a high enough standard for restaurants and clubs in ski resorts.
If you’re planning to go skiing in Tignes you’re absolutely in for the winter holiday of your life. So book those flights, choose that catered chalet and get packing!
Tim Heal is the founder of Chaletline, a travel agency offering catered chalet accommodation in worldwide ski resorts. With an extensive knowledge of resorts and excellent post booking care, they pride themselves on the personal touch they offer to each and every client. If you're looking to go skiing in Tignes this superb ski resort has the perfect chalet accommodation! Catering for individuals, couples and groups up to 50, the knowledgeable Chaletline team will help you choose the right chalet in the right resort.
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