Top tips to help you pack for a family snow trip

The snow season has arrived, and the white stuff's finally falling in the Alps. If you’re lucky enough to be heading off to the mountains with your family you'll want to make sure everyone has exactly what they need to make the trip a whole heap of fun.

Alongside the obvious – snowboard, snow pants, jacket, your passport…. here are some ‘don’t forget’ items to help make sure that awesome family ski or snowboard trip of a lifetime is a huge success.

Visit the Saltrock Snow Shop for lots of winter-ready clothing for the whole family.

1. LAYERS

Top half, think long-sleeved underwear + fleece top with a high, preferably zipped neck + bright snow jacket. Bottom half, think long underwear + snow trousers. If you're taking kids make sure their trousers are easily escapable as getting them to the toilet in time with layers and kit and gloves and boots and queues is challenge enough – an all in one suit could be a mistake.

2. LIP BALM

Pick a good one with a high spf. Lips crack quickly on the slopes so it’s super handy to have one each, stowed away in an easily accessible pocket.

3. SUNSCREEN

Don’t forget it. Slather up first thing in the morning and take some with you to top up through the day. If skin sense isn’t high on your agenda, think of the goggle marks. Not cool.

4. GOGGLES

Vital if it snows and you want to see. Vital.

5. SNOOD / BANDANA

Neckwarmers are worth their weight in gold when the temperature really drops, and can be pulled up to nose level to maximise every chance of warmth. The Yetee neckwarmer is made from super-breathable Merino which wicks the moisture away from your skin (and they're down to just £7.99 in the mega-sale!)

6. SOCKS

Take plenty, nobody likes wet socks. And go for thin wool or polyester which will help move the sweat away from your skin. Avoid cotton as these tend to absorb moisture and this gets cold.

7. MIRRORED SUNNIES

If the sun shines, a pair of sunnies with mirrored lenses are super helpful in reducing glare and deciphering the contours of the mountain.

8. HELMETS

As what happened to Michael Schumacher shows only too clearly, nobody is immune to accidents. Protect your family’s heads.

9. A SMALL DAYPACK EACH

These are super useful for stashing snacks & drinks, sunscreen, money, tissues and everything else. It’s handy to have a small one each rather than one person carrying everything in case you buddy up and separate, and if the kids are in ski school you’ll want them to have their stuff to hand when they need it.

We love the Surfanic Rehydration Backpack for adults and big kids; it comes with an optional built in camel pack to keep you hydrated on the move.

10. WRIST GUARDS FOR THE KIDS

If they’re snowboarding they’ll land on their wrists, a lot. Makes sense to protect them.

11. UK EXTENSION LEAD

This means you probably only need one travel adaptor. Super useful if you have teenagers with ipads, ipods, hair straighteners.....etc

12 SALTROCK FLEECE LINED HOODY

No list like this is complete without a Saltrock Hoody! Perfect apres-ski wear and super warm to cosy up in when you get back to your chalet, hotel or apartment, a Saltrock Fleece Lined Hoody is worth its weight in gold this year, wherever your adventurous spirit takes you.

Have we missed anything? What would you not want to be without on a family snow trip? Let us know!