Is all the snow at Perisher this winter putting you in the mood to log some family time shushing down the slopes? Dreaming of watching your kids learn to ski or try their hand at boarding?

Here at Ski Rider we want to make sure you and your family enjoy an excellent Perisher snow holiday, so we’ve created an extensive checklist outlining what to pack for your skiing holiday. We’ve even broken it down for each family member so it’s easier to grab everything you need!

For Everyone

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(Note: Make sure each child tries on all items before you leave for your snow holiday as you’d hate to get there and realise that the ski pants don’t fit anymore! Or if you want to save on boot space then you can hire all the items in blue from us.)

  • Waterproof ski jacket (If anyone plans to snowboard, make sure to get a jacket that covers your bum! No one wants a wet behind all day.)
  • Waterproof ski pants
  • Warm socks
  • Neck warmer or scarf
  • Warm hat/beanie
  • Snow boots
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long underwear (Make sure to pack layers, so if you get hot you can peel them off!)
  • Jumpers/fleece
  • Gloves and an extra pair of gloves
  • Hand and toe warmers
  • Non-skiing clothes and shoes (hanging out, going out, sleep wear)
  • Toiletries
  • Health/Travel insurance info
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Aftersun lotion
  • Books/magazines
  • Energy snacks

Ski/Snowboard Gear

  • Skis
  • Snowboard
  • Ski poles
  • Ski/board boots
  • Helmet
  • Snowboard leash
  • Ski bag

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  • Reservation letters/email confirmation from hotel
  • Ski passes/lift tickets or confirmations of purchase 
  • Credit card
  • Antibacterial wipes/wet wipes for car & post bathroom breaks
  • First aid kit (consider including items such as indigestion-relief tablets, antacid, anti diarrhoea medicine, antihistamine, bandages, non-aspirin pain reliever, thermometer, tweezers, plasters, Panadol or Nurofen.)
  • Epipen plus spare (hopefully you don’t need one) & any regular medication for everyone
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Bag for dirty clothes


  • Wallet, credit card and cash
  • Car insurance info
  • Maps/navigation device
  • iPad loaded with movies
  • Spotify lists set to download so you can play songs offline
  • Chargers for all electronic devices (phones, iPads, iPods, camera, etc.)
  • Extra batteries for any devices/toys that use them
  • DVDs (for the car if you have it as well as at the hotel on your laptop)
  • Snow chains (legally required for 2WD) & you know how to fit them
  • Double check that your radiator has good antifreeze
  • Fill up with alpine mix at a local Perisher service station if your car uses diesel
  • Torch or light app for your smart phone
safety gear reduced

Hire or purchase safety gear at Ski Rider.

Teens (14-18) & Tweens (10-13)

  • Headphones for watching movies, playing music and games
  • Laptop/iPad/Tablet for watching movies or playing games
  • The latest teen vampire novel
  • Personal phone/iPad/iPod/Kindle
  • Travel pillow

Toddlers (2-5)

  • Favourite cuddle toys/dummies
  • Reading/bedtime books
  • Colouring books/activity books and crayons
  • Plug-in night light

Babies (0-2)

  • Favorite toys/blankets
  • Baby monitor (both parts)
  • Booster seat
  • Sippy cups
  • Bibs (the only bib you’ll ever need)
  • Bottles and formula (if still using), baby food
  • Dummies
  • Nappies/nappy cream/wipes/disposable bags
  • A packed travel bag for going up to the resort (nappies, travel wipes, toys for distracting during meals out, extra dummies, snacks, bottles.)

Don’t forget to double check you’ve packed everything you need for skiing on your snow holiday!

A family ski holiday takes a bit of planning to make sure everything goes smoothly. The last thing you want when you head off is to forget some key element that will make your children upset or start the trip off on the wrong foot. So keep this checklist handy and you can arrive at our Perisher accommodation knowing your ski packing was efficient as humanly possible.

Have we missed anything out? Let us know in the comments below so we can make this the most useful list ever!