Packing with a baby or a toddler is no easy feat. It takes patience, stealth and an uncanny ability to avert your little one from mortal danger each time your back is turned for longer than two seconds. There is SO much to remember and so little time to concentrate on what to take, that it can be quite overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that there is always, no matter how ruthless you are, SO MUCH STUFF! To make life easier for other sleep-deprived, time-precious mamas out there, here is my comprehensive Baby Ski Holiday Packing List for a ski holiday away with your baby or toddler. Our baby was 12 months old when I wrote this list.
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Baby ski holiday packing list FOR YOU: hand luggage
- Tickets and passports
- Clear plastic case (pre-packed with Calpol – the sachets are quite good for the plane – baby milk, Ella’s pouches (or the cheaper Aldi Mamia version under 250ml for the plane). In some airports you can order milk and other baby supplies to a Boots to save you having to faff around with it all at the security screening).
- Camera & charger
- Phone & charger
Top tip, invest in some Pro packing Cubes before you head off on your travels. They are an extremely satisfying way of separating clothes by member of the family – or as you see fit (knickers in one, socks in another). This will save you having to quickly unpack at the other end and they compress your clothes so you can fit more stuff in! As a handy little packing bonus, on the return leg of the journey, you can use them as laundry bags and keep all the stinky stuff separate.
- Smart dress (if needed for a special occasion – we had a 60th birthday)
- Thermals (these ones from Sweaty Betty are so toasty!)
- Socks (normal & ski socks)
- Cosy pyjamas
- Ski mittens and glove liners
- Normal gloves for when you’re not on the slopes
- Hand warmers
- Barts bobble hat
- Ski/snowboard trousers
- Ski/snowboard jacket
- Snuggly snow boots
- Ski poles/skis/snowboard/ski boots/snowboard boots (unless you are renting equipment out there)
- Ski goggles
- Ski helmet
- Shower gel
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Face wipes
- Make Up
- Contact lenses and glasses
Baby ski holiday packing list
- Dummy (if used)
- Food/Milk/Snacks – if baby is on cows milk, take some ready in a bottle with a cap to stop it spilling – Easyjet have nothing more than those tiny milk sachet pods onboard. If you’re on formula then take pre-measured powder.
- Baby cutlery, plates/bowls & tupperware
- Medicine – Snuffle Babe, Calpol, baby Ibuprofen, Calpol diffuser & refills, teething sachets, Bonjela (you can see we’ve had a lot of holidays with ill kids!)
- Baby Suncream 50+
- All-in-one snow suit
- Tights (for a girl)
- Long-sleeved vests x 10
- Swimming costume & swim nappies
- Muslins x 2
- Baby Gro Bags (at least 2)
- Baby sunglasses – useful if taking them up the mountain as it is BRIGHT. Get the Baby Banz wrap-around kind so they little ones can’t pull them off easily.
- Baby Snow boots (Jojo Maman Bebe have small sizes if your bubba is walking/cruising)
- Baby Gro Bags
- Buggy – the BabyZen YOYO+ Travel System folds up easily and can be taken onto a plane as hand luggage.
- Baby sling (read why I think the Ergobaby 360 is the best sling to travel with here)
- Microwave steam sterilising bags for baby bottles etc (if necessary, can be used up to 5 times each)
- Car seat (although note that your baby can sit on your lap for a bus transfer and it’s worth seeing if a pre-booked taxi can bring their own for a short journey). Or for kids aged between 4-12 years old, this Trunki BoostApak is a kids bag that transforms into a safety regulated car seat.
- Books, stickers, magazines, pens (the magic Crayola ones only colour on the book are great)
- Cuddly toys
- A collection of small, easily portable toys
- iPad loaded with games, movies and CBeebies
Finally, make sure you check your luggage weight allowance and weigh bags beforehand so you’re not caught out with a hefty ‘oversized baggage’ fine at the airport.
Have I missed anything out? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list!