You’ve booked your flights, arranged stunning Swiss chalet accommodation and now it’s time to sit back and look forward to your ski holiday in Verbier, Switzerland. Each year thousands of people flock to the Swiss town to immerse themselves in alpine culture and take advantage of the fantastic array of local ski runs, both on and off-piste. Throw in some traditional chalet style buildings, high-class boutiques and exclusive restaurants, and you have the makings of a truly authentic Swiss holiday.
However, before the fun starts, you’ll need to take on the onerous task of ‘bag packing’. Although Verbier boasts a great range of shops and ski rental agencies, there are many items you may find easier (and cheaper!) to source prior to your departure. Here we’ve compiled a list of essential items to make your first trip to Verbier a memorable occasion for all the right reasons!
The worst possible way to start any holiday is to lose your bags in the airport. Attach ID Tags to all of your bags and include details of the resort where you will be staying.
Travel insurance is essential for ANY holiday, especially a ski getaway to Switzerland – Make sure yours covers winter sports.
European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to free or reduced-cost healthcare in Europe. These can take a few weeks to arrive so make sure you apply for yours asap.
Travel Adapter Plugs
You will almost certainly need to charge your phone, camera, walkman, etc… and although adapters can be purchased in most resorts, it’s often much cheaper to buy them before you leave.
The sun is VERY strong in the mountains due to reflection off the snow, so it’s worth choosing a high factor to avoid chapped lips and those all too familiar ‘Panda’ eyes! You may also wish to pack some aftersun just in case you do get burnt.
It’s important to wear appropriate clothing whilst skiing and a specialist ski jacket and trousers (or Salopettes) will keep you warm and protect against any knocks or bumps you encounter on the slopes. If it’s particularly cold, you may wish to pack some thermal under-layers for extra warmth. Check out the latest ski gear on offer.
Sunglasses & Goggles
Very few ski hire agencies rent goggles and they can be expensive to buy in resorts. The same applies to sunglasses, so we advise buying them in advance and if possible, we recommend changeable lenses which allow you to see clearly in all conditions.
Hat, Gloves & Scarf
If you plan on skiing later into the day, or it’s particularly cold, you will definitely want some extra layers to protect you from the elements. A neck warmer (or Snood) makes a perfect scarf/hat alternative if you’re looking to pack light.
We recommend boots/shoes with a big tread to avoid slipping over in the snow whilst taking in the après ski (evening entertainment).
A small rucksack is essential for carrying day-to-day supplies including sunglasses, extra clothing, a first aid kit and food & drink.
First Aid Kit
You may encounter a few cuts and bruises whilst skiing, so be sure to take a few plasters, antiseptic cream and something to help those aches and pains such as Arnica or Ibugel.
Most ski jackets come with built-in ski pass holders for easy access, but if you don’t have that luxury we definitely recommend purchasing one separately. You may also need to take a few passport-sized photos for your ski pass and these can be very difficult to source in the resort.
Whether you choose to use your phone, or purchase a cheap watch, knowing the correct time is crucial for ensuring you don’t miss the last ski-lift of the day!
If you’re a seasoned skier you will most likely use your own equipment. We recommend fixing ID Tags to your ski & ski boot bags and carry extra fixings/straps in case anything breaks.
So there you have it, an essential list of items to help prepare you for a holiday to remember! There are many other items you may need such as passport, toiletries, evening wear and personal entertainment (Walkman, Ipod, Playing Cards, etc…) but if you’ve travelled abroad previously, you should have a rough idea what you need. Think layers when packing; it’s easy to warm up by adding them and cool down by reducing them, thereby providing a good method for controlling your temperature.
If you’re planning a trip to Verbier, why not enhance your experience by staying in a traditional, yet modern Swiss chalet. Luxury Rentals Verbier hand-pick only the finest luxury accommodation in and around Verbier, including fully staffed and catered chalets. We have over 20 years experience and work closely with some of the most established accommodation providers in the region, so contact us today for an experience you’ll never forget!