Top Health and Packing Tips for your next Timeshare Ski Break

Ski trips are a lot of fun, although the combination of the change in climate, the air travel, being more active than usual, and partaking in those apres-ski vins chauds can take it out of us. It’s a good idea to boost your immunity before you head off, and to follow some basic health advice in between ski runs.

If you’ve been feeling run down, invest in a travel probiotic and zinc supplement and pop one of these daily before you travel and whilst away. In fact, whether you’re heading for the slopes or opting for a beach-based timeshare break, if the run up to your holiday has been hectic, taking a probiotic and multivitamin supplement will reap rewards.

Skiing will make you hungry and this is not the time to be avoiding carbs or skipping meals. Breakfast like a king to set yourself up for the day, don’t skip on lunch, and make sure you refuel well at dinner. Also, consider taking a healthy snack bar or two on the slopes in case your energy dips.

Remember that at higher altitudes we need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, so keep a small bottle of water on you if possible and drink at regular intervals. Sip on some water alongside that hot chocolate on your pit stops and soak up as much winter sunshine as you can to recharge your batteries before you get back.

Here’s GoTimeshare’s ski trip packing list (if you’ve got time, have a practice run first to make sure it’ll all fit in!)

Accessories
  1. Glasses and/or contanct lenses, if necessary (bring an extra pair, too)
  2. Slippers
  3. Sunglasses
Clothing
  1. Turtlenecks
  2. Snow boots
  3. Neck warmer or scarf
  4. Long underwear
  5. Heavy sweaters
  6. Gloves or mittens
  7. Warm hat
  8. Waterproof ski jacket
  9. Waterproof ski pants (choose pants made of tightly woven nylon, polyester, or Thinsulate)
  10. Waterproof socks (look for wool-blend socks that wick away moisture to keep feet warm and dry)
Equipment
  1. Alarm clock
  2. Batteries for small electronics and cameras
  3. Camera (and film, if needed)
  4. Electronics chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, and laptop
  5. Hair dryer (unless the hotel or ski house will supply one)
  6. Headphones for watching in-flight movies
  7. iPod and iPod dock
  8. Poles
  9. Ski bag
  10. Ski boots
  11. Ski goggles
  12. Ski lock
  13. Skis
  14. Video camera
Health and Beauty Items
  1. Antibacterial wipes
  2. Body lotion
  3. Comb and brush
  4. Contact lens solution, if needed
  5. Deodorant
  6. Face cleanser
  7. First aid kit, including gas-relief tablets, antacid, antidiarrheal medicine, antihistamine for allergies, bandages, candied ginger for motion sickness, mild laxative, non-aspirin pain reliever, thermometer in a hard case
  8. Floss
  9. Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15)
  10. Moisturizer
  11. Personal-hygiene items
  12. Prescriptions
  13. Razors
  14. Shampoo and conditioner
  15. Shaving gel
  16. Soap
  17. Sunscreen (pack at least one all-purpose sunscreen with SPF 15)
  18. Toothbrush
  19. Toothpaste
Miscellaneous
  1. Addresses of friends and family for postcards
  2. Healthy snacks, such as chewy granola bars, dried fruit, mini bagels, nuts, and pretzels
  3. Maps and directions (try randmcnally.com)
  4. Money (cash, ATM cards, traveler’s checks)
  5. Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss
  6. Printouts of reservations
  7. Travel journal
  8. Travel pillow and blanket
  9. Ziploc bags for stowing small liquid containers at airports

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