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Winter holiday packing list

I am packing my suitcase…

Of course it can always happen that you forgot one or the other item when making the actual packing list for your upcoming winter holiday. To avoid a nasty surprise when opening your suitcase, we have put together a packing list for your winter holiday here.

Winter activities determine the packing list

Before we list the equipment, clothing and other utensils for a winter holiday in detail, it should be noted that the packing list for a winter vacation can vary greatly from case to case. Starting with the question of which activities you want to do during your winter holiday and whether you bring your own equipment or rent it on site. In this list, we assume that you will bring all your sports gear yourself and divide the items into appropriate categories. In each case you have to decide for yourself which things you don't need during your winter holiday or which things need to be added.

Do you spend most of your winter vacation on skis or snowboard? Then our packing list for ski holidays will be helpful. You can find it HERE.

In the list below, we first start with the equipment for the respective activities, followed by the generally necessary items for a winter holiday.

Winter equipment shopping
  • Cross-country skis
  • Cross-country ski poles (optional: spare poles in case of broken pole)
  • Cross country ski boots
  • Cross country ski jacket
  • Cross-country ski vest
  • Cross-country ski pants
  • Functional underwear (possibly additional spare clothes)
  • Cross-country ski gloves
  • Headband or thin cap (optional neck gaiter/scarf for cold days, possibly spare cap or headband)
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin backpack or hip bag for drinking bottle, energy gel or bar (optional)
  • Spare wax and tools for minor repairs (optional)
  • Headlamp for nighttime cross-country skiing (optional)
  • Winter hiking boots
  • Snowshoes
  • Gaiters
  • Micro-spikes
  • Walking sticks with winter baskets
  • Winter hiking jacket (hardshell)
  • Winter hiking pants
  • Fleece sweater or softshell jacket (follow onion principle)
  • Functional underwear (possibly additional spare clothes)
  • Hiking socks
  • Cap or headband (optional neck gaiter/scarf for cold days)
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Hiking backpack for day tours
  • Sunglasses
  • Avalanche transceiver set incl. beeper, shovel & probe (depending on the terrain)
  • Headlamp (optional)
  • Tool kit incl. zip ties for small repairs of snowshoes (optional)
  • Thermal seat pad for breaks (optional)
  • Toboggan (incl. straps for steering or pulling)
  • Waterproof winter hiking boots (in icy conditions additional micro-spikes)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Helmet for the downhill ride (ski helmet is perfect)
  • Winter jacket & pants
  • Middle layer of clothing, e.g. fleece sweater or softshell jacket
  • Functional underwear (possibly additional spare clothes)
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Headlamp for descents in the dark
  • Cap or headband for the ascent (optional neck gaiter/scarf for cold days)
  • Backpack with thermos flask and snacks/food (optional)
  • First aid kit
  • Sunglasses and/or ski goggles (especially for downhill rides)
  • Hiking poles with baskets for the ascent (optional)
  • Winter jacket
  • Jeans or casual pants
  • T-shirt
  • Sweater, pullover
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Winter shoes or boots
  • Thin gloves
  • Cap or headband
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Basic travel medications
  • First aid kit
  • Hygiene items (shower gel, hair shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Toiletry bag
  • Blister plasters
  • Tape
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip protection
  • Medicines you need daily/weekly
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Travel towel (optional)
  • Travel detergent (optional)
  • Plastic bag for dirty laundry
  • Passport
  • Proof of insurance or international insurance
  • Driver’s license (international)
  • EC or credit card, cash
  • Vaccination card
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Booking confirmation of accommodation
  • Booking confirmation of ski tickets (if booked online in advance)
  • List of important emergency numbers
  • Smartphone & charger
  • Power bank (optional)
  • Notebook or tablet (optional)
  • Camera incl. accessories (spare battery etc.)
  • Headphones (optional)
  • Bluetooth speaker (optional)
  • Power socket adapter (if needed)
  • Headlamp
  • Travel pillow
  • Insulated drinking bottle
  • Pen & notebook
  • Pocket knife
  • Travel games (cards etc.)

Three in one: holiday planning made easy

You have packed everything for your winter holiday, but are still wondering where to go? We have a great tip for you: Sölden in Ötztal! One of Austria’s most popular winter sports destinations offers many other exciting winter activities in addition to fun on 144 kilometers of immaculate slopes with absolute snow guarantee.

On soelden.com you can organize your winter vacation quickly and easily, no matter if you are looking for accommodation, ski tickets or bookable adventures & activities: you will find everything here in one place. Take a look at over 580 accommodations of all categories in our accommodation list. And the best price is always ensured plus cancellation guarantee up to 48 hours prior to arrival (depending on accommodation).

You can conveniently book your ski ticket online in advance and save up to 22 percent compared to the regular skipass price. You will also find the right activities and adventures online in our Adventure Shop – ranging from guided snowshoe hiking tours to cross-country ski taster lessons.