Packing to our summer yoga retreats can be quite straight forward in comparison with our winter Ski and Yoga Retreat.
Furthermore, to beat the 15kg airline luggage allowance limit takes a bit of planning. For this reason, bellow I’ve put a list of things to bring and added some tips.
1. Leggings or something comfortable to do yoga: Three pairs is more than enough, we can wash our clothes as we go.
Tip: I wear my leggings as a base layer, quick-dry material is better for this purpose than lycra for instance.
2. Ski socks: These are important– especially the ones you wear in your ski boots.
Tip: Some find they can get away with well-fitting, everyday socks in their boots. Either way, you’ll need a few pairs.
3. Ski gear: I recommend 2 sets of layers (leggings, I repeat, will do :)) one to wear and one to wash. A basic skiing kit contains thermal layers (fleeces or thin lambswool jumpers you can wear on top of one another to keep warm), waterproof but breathable ski trousers 1 or 2 max ski gloves, goggles, sun glasses (optional), and your ski helmet.
Tip: For an extra 8-10€ you can rent your helmet with your equipment.
Ready for yoga! After our morning session I slip on my ski gear! No time to waste, but choose quick dry lines!
4. Sunscreen and lip balm: Up in the mountains the atmosphere is thinner, and the effect of any sunshine in magnified by the reflective power of the snow. Lip balm is important too – because lips dry out very quickly in the dry mountain air.
Alice multitasking in the Alpes: Ski+Yoga+Getting a face tan!
5. Ski jacket: Worth mention that it must be water and wind proof. Some brands design clothes inspired by sports but without appropriate technology. Plenty of jackets 'look like' they are design for a skiing but are only fashion trends, buy from specialised stores/ lines.
Tip: Better to be wearing your ski jacket on the plane; make sure you make the most of its useful pockets in which you can store wallet, phone, boarding passes and passport.
6. Walking boots: Choose waterproof, non-slippery, same as above with the jackets sometimes is better to be sure than sorry. I learned to check shoe labels in a hard way, years ago when I started to run and injured my knees by wearing cute wrong trainers....that looked like running shoes!
Tip: You’ll be wearing it on the plane too, although slightly heavy it's important to bring one, trainers etc. are not so useful walking in the snow.
This jacket is also a handbag with many secret pockets! and actually the ski boots can be sort of fashionable :)
7. Pack fewer ordinary clothes than normal: We’ll be in your ski clothing every day from morning, to 4pm in the afternoon – maybe after 4pm most of the group find a apres-ski bar (In these days we can delay our restorative practice for 1 hour!). So we’ll only be wearing ordinary clothing for a fraction of the normal time. Pack one spare pair of trousers, no more than a couple of jumpers, and a few t-shirts and tops. A shirt/ nice top and jeans is as smart as it gets in a ski holiday.
Last night of our retreat we decided to dine out.
8. Pyjamas and slippers: Slippers are another detail; in the chalet it’s better to leave shoes at the front door.
9. Winter hat.
10. Swimming costume: In event you want to check out the spa which is a short walk from out venue.
Spa day, beautiful setting with Lisa and Adele
A flask will save you some money if you drink lots of coffee; although is true that stopping in a mountain restaurant for a hot chocolate or a coffee is one of the great pleasures of a day on the slopes. But if you want to keep 5-10€ a day a flask is an option. I’ll bring mine :)
And a nice book. We have a inviting reading area overlooking Mont Blanc and also some books for the days you feel like staying in and although there’s some options in the house I would recommend you go bring a novel.
I hope this is helpful but if I missed anything drop a comment bellow and Samastitihi x