Whether this is your first skiing holiday or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s always that nagging doubt you’ve forgotten something vital. With this in mind, here’s our list of eight must-haves for when you take to the mountains for a lovely ski holiday.
1. Travel insurance – Travel insurance is important whenever you leave the country, but make sure yours includes sports cover if you’re planning on hitting the slopes. You don’t want your skiing to invalidate your coverage, or to not be covered if the worst happens and you are injured on the mountain.
2. EHIC – If you’re travelling to Europe for your ski trip, get a valid European Health Insurance Card. This gives you access to reduced cost or free medical coverage in European Economic Area countries and Switzerland. Download the free EHIC smartphone app for easy access to the information you need.
3. Getting to the airport – Travelling with skis and bulky winter clothing is often a challenge, especially if you’re with the whole family. Check in advance that everything fits in the car, or make sure your taxi company knows to send a larger vehicle. Once at the airport, you can rent a baggage trolley at several of Birmingham Airport’s car parks for only £1. You can also book your parking space in advance to guarantee your space and the best price.
4. Sun protection and moisturiser – Pack plenty of sun cream and moisturiser to protect your skin from the intense sun and cold air on the slopes. If you forget yours, you can grab some at one of the several terminal branches of Boots or in our World Duty Free store. If you forget sunglasses to protect your eyes, treat yourself to a designer pair from Eyelove, also located in the terminals.
5. A great watch – The Garmin Fēnix 3, available at Dixons Travel, isn’t just any smartwatch. With state-of-the-art fitness features, satnav and a stylish design, it’s one of the best out there. A ski-board mode which measures speed, distance and vertical drop, as well as an automatic run counter, make it ideal for skiing.
6. Après ski wear – You’ve probably packed lots of layers to keep you warm on the mountain, but don’t forget some après ski wear. Whether you’re resting sore muscles in the lounge, or attending a lodge party, you’ll need something cosy and chic to wear. Check out Superdry, JD Sports or Next in the terminals to pick up some threads.
7. Currency – You’re going to need some cash to pay for hot chocolate up the mountain. Whether you need euros or dollars, you can buy your currency at one of our four airport locations.
8. The perfect camera – You’ll want to capture your finest moments on the slopes, so your friends will believe you when you say you did a 180 or a 360. Dixons Travel is your best bet, stocking a range of excellent cameras that will stand up to the tough ski weather conditions. The smallest, lightest GoPro yet, the GoPro Hero4 Session records up to 2 hours of full HD 1080p video and is waterproof, battery-efficient and easy-to-use. You can also try the Nikon Coolpix S33, which resists temperatures as low as -10°C and can withstand falls of up to 1.5 m.