From the warmest ski boots to the latest tech gadget, there is so much more to pack than thermals.
While most of us are stuck in rainy Britain, the lucky ones able to leave work during the most depressing months of the year (hey, winter) are gliding across the snow in Austria, France or some other winter wonderland around the world.
If the never-ending snowy pictures cluttering Instagram made you book a weekend away, here is Stylist.co.uk’s curated list of everything you need to nail your winter holiday.
The best travel tech and wearables for skiing
Sunglasses or James Bond-style device? Spectacles’ sunglasses hide a camera that takes 10-second videos and sends them directly to your Snapchat account. The future is now.
Nobody wants to carry a big camera on the slopes but everybody wants nice shots to share once back home. The new Huawei P30 Pro camera is so outstanding you won’t need anything else.
Cold weather dries up your phone battery faster than any app. To avoid missing the perfect shot, a portable power bank is a must have. Plus, it comes in a gorgeous case.
For the skiers among us, the best way to record a stunning glide is a GoPro. Attach it to your helmet and hit the slopes for a great holiday video.
If you are out to explore the snowy slopes with a group and you are worried about your phone dying in the middle of nowhere, this old school walkie-talkie could be what you are looking for.
The best beauty products for the cold
After a long day in the cold, your face is going to need some serious care. A nourishing oil that sinks into the skin could be a lifesaver in extreme conditions.
Beauty editors swear by it, and for good reason. This holy grail of hydration will be your new best friend when the temperature hits zero. Take it with you and apply it whenever your skin feels thirsty – there is no such a thing as too much moisturiser in the winter.
After your face, your hands should be your priority. L’Occitane mini hand creams are perfect to take around the slopes during the day and to slide in your purse at night.
After a long day and a warm bath, treat your skin to a nourishing ritual. Me time is key, even on holiday.
Meet your lips’ new best friend. Björk & Berries’ rescue balm is a magic worker to apply all day long and just before bed. Your lips will feel brand new after a few days.
A face and body balm that repairs and protects the skin from the harsh temperatures. The perfect ally to carry on the slope for a quick skin-fix.
After a long day in the cold, this hydrogel facial sheet mask infused with rose petals will soothe skin affected by the cold.
This vitamin E treatment is perfect for lips, hands, feet and even delicate areas like nipples – the healing ally for your winter adventures.
Before heading to the mountains, make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen. A day on the slope with no protection could cause serious damage to your skin and (if the burn is very bad) could possibly ruin the rest of your holiday.
A propolis-based product that will help you get the most out your beauty sleep. After a long day out in the cold, this little magic pot will envelop your face in a hug of vitamins and fatty acids that will nourish your skin while you recharge your batteries.
The best ski wear and equipment to hit the slopes in
If you are on the hunt for new ski boots, Snow+Rock offers a complementary ski boot fitting service. During two hours, an expert will help you choose the perfect pair of boots through a thorough foot analysis and boot customisation.
This Perfect Moment ensemble will keep you warm and comfortable while also looking fabulous, of course.
Looking good on the slopes is great, but don’t forget your airport style. This American Tourister classic is not only chic but also extremely durable.
Finding a flattering helmet is not the easiest mission but this chromatic Kask is every minimalist’s dream.
Coming straight from the 80s, Moon Boot is the cosy Italian touch you need for your ski outfit.
A onesie base layer to keep warm in any weather conditions.
To keep warm and dry, a waterproof boot is necessary on or off the slopes.
The must-have on the slopes? The warmest jacket you can find.
The best après-ski wear
During the colder months, this Chinti and Parker cashmere ensemble is the perfect outfit to keep cosy on the plane.
After the slopes, you still need to keep warm. A faux leather aviator-style jacket to stay cosy and stylish in the chilly winter nights, after the slopes or in the city.
A 3cm sole to keep your feet warm, bright yellow leather to add a pop of colour to the whiteness of the slopes and a comfortable fit to be worn everyday during the winter months.
For your après-ski, replace the helmet for a chic wool beret.
Comfortable, warm and cosy – from a fondue party to a drink in front of the fire, this cardigan is the perfect go-to for any winter night.
A cashmere onesie to wear to chill in your room, lounge in the hotel bar or for a relaxed night out.
A pair of slippers that we can wear at a restaurant? Yes, please. Mahabis classic slippers have a 100% wool lining that will keep you warm on the coldest winter days and a multi-surface sole that makes it a good option if you can’t bear the sight of uncomfortable shoes after a whole day on the slopes. Wear them with jeans and nobody will notice you are wearing your (very luxurious) slippers.
Classic lace-up boot ankle boots to buy for your evenings drinking mulled wine on the slopes, and to keep for those particularly chilly (and wet) British winter nights.
People are increasingly interested in where and how their clothes are made and there is nothing more sustainable than supporting small ethical businesses.
This wool and silk Beulah London scarf is hand-made by Nepalese women that escaped human trafficking. Looking fabulous while empowering other women – it’s a win-win.
Don’t forget to pack your pjs. This set by We Drifters is made of lightweight eco-friendly bamboo and will fit in a little corner of your suitcase.
A warm and water resistant puffer to help you on on the rainy days.