What should you pack for a summer holiday in the mountains?

June 13, 2023

Summer is just around the corner and the sun is shining on the highest peaks. Wouldn't it be a good time to head for the mountains for a holiday at altitude?

Fresh air, breathtaking scenery, outdoor activities… everything you need for a memorable holiday.

But before you set off for the mountains, it’s time to pack your suitcase.

What are the essentials for a summer holiday in the mountains, and how can you make sure you have everything you need to make the most of the experience?

Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you and give you all the advice you need for your next summer holiday in the mountains.

Get ready to imagine hikes in the mountains, picnics by the lakes, relaxing in the mountain huts and much more.

Follow the guide and get ready to experience magical moments in the heart of the Alps!

Why is it important to pack well before your trip to the mountains?

Preparing your suitcase well before a trip to the mountains in summer is essential to ensure you have a serene and comfortable stay.

The mountains offer a unique and varied experience, and if you’re well prepared, you’ll be able to make the most of everything they have to offer.

In summer, sunny days and pleasant temperatures make the mountains an ideal place to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing and much more.

Having the right clothing and equipment in your suitcase will ensure that you feel comfortable and can enjoy these activities in complete safety.

What’s more, the mountains offer breathtaking scenery, unspoilt nature and revitalising fresh air. Remember to pack essential accessories such as hats, sunglasses and sun cream to protect you from the sun’s rays.

By carefully packing your suitcase, you’ll make sure you have everything you need to make the most of your stay in the mountains, and more particularly in Méribel, where the assets of this magnificent destination promise you some great moments to share.

Take clothing suitable for the mountains

Are you familiar with the three-layer technique for clothing?

When you pack your suitcase for a trip to the mountains in summer, it’s essential to choose the right clothing to ensure you get the most out of the experience. One technique that is widely used by trailers and top sportsmen and women is the layering of three layers. This method gives you the flexibility you need to adapt to temperature variations and different intensities of activity.

The first layer, also known as the base layer, is in direct contact with your skin. We recommend that you opt for breathable garments that wick away perspiration quickly and keep your body dry, even during intense exertion. Materials such as polyester or polypropylene are ideal for this layer.

The second layer, often made up of fleece or merino wool, insulates and retains heat. This middle layer protects you from cooler temperatures by retaining body heat. Choose lightweight, breathable clothing for optimum comfort.

Finally, the third layer provides protection against the elements, such as rain, wind and snow. A waterproof and windproof jacket is essential to protect you from changing weather conditions. Opt for breathable materials that will protect you while wicking away moisture.

It’s important to stress that this example of three-layer technique depends on the activities you’re planning. If your holiday is all about relaxation and rejuvenation, with slow-paced activities such as yoga or time spent relaxing in a jacuzzi or spa, opt for comfortable, breathable sportswear. Don’t forget to include swimwear so you can make the most of your time in the water.

Hiking boots: the essentials for hiking

If you’d like to try out one of our magnificent walks in Méribel, don’t forget to wear suitable hiking boots. These shoes are essential to ensure your comfort and safety during your walks in the mountains.

Choose boots with grippy soles for better grip on slippery or uneven terrain. The sole should also provide good cushioning to absorb shocks and protect your joints.

Breathability is another important criterion. Shoes with breathable materials keep your feet dry and prevent the build-up of moisture, reducing the risk of blisters and discomfort.c

3 accessories you should always have in your suitcase

  • A hat

    A hat is an essential ally in protecting you from the sun. Choose a hat made from a light, breathable material that provides good coverage of the face, neck and shoulders. This will not only protect you from sunburn, but also from excessive heat.
    If you prefer a lighter alternative, a cap can also be an excellent option for protecting your face from the sun’s rays.
  • Sun cream

    Don’t forget to regularly apply a sun cream with a high sun protection factor. The mountains can amplify the harmful effects of the sun because of the altitude, the reflection off the snow and the proximity of glaciers.
    Protect your skin by applying sun cream to all exposed parts of your body, especially your face, arms and legs.
  • Sunglasses

    Sunglasses are also an essential accessory for protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.
    Opt for quality sunglasses with a high protection factor to filter out UV rays effectively. They will protect you from glare and the dangers of prolonged exposure to the sun at altitude.

Specific equipment to pack in your suitcase

Depending on the activities you want to do

During your stay in Méribel, depending on the activities you plan to enjoy, it may be useful to pack specific equipment for the best possible mountain experience.

If you’re planning to go hiking, a rucksack is essential for carrying your essentials, such as water with a bottle, snacks, a first-aid kit and a waterproof jacket. Choose a comfortable, well-fitting rucksack that will allow you to enjoy your mountain walks to the full.

If you’re a keen wildlife watcher, binoculars can be invaluable for discovering the richness of alpine nature, especially if you’re exploring the Vanoise National Park.

If you’re planning to go mountain biking or road biking in Méribel, we strongly recommend that you wear a helmet to ensure your safety. Wearing a helmet is essential to protect your head in the event of a fall or accident.

If you’re keen on fly fishing, appropriate fishing equipment is essential. This includes a fly rod, reel, special line, leaders and flies.

For those who wish to go horse-riding, a spray can is recommended to ensure safety when riding.

Good to know: if you don’t have all the equipment you need for your mountain activities in Méribel, many shops are open and offer specialist equipment for sale or hire. So if you can’t transport your own bike with a bike rack, you can easily hire one on site.

Similarly, if you need specific safety equipment such as harnesses, climbing helmets, bombs or life jackets, many activity providers can lend them to you.

Other items to pack in your suitcase

Board games, charger, toiletries…

To complete your suitcase and immortalise your stay in Méribel, think of certain items that add a touch of pleasure and practicality.

First of all, a toiletry bag is a must, whatever your holiday destination. Make sure you have all the essentials so you feel fresh and ready to enjoy your day.

And don’t forget your mobile phone, which will keep you in touch at all times and allow you to capture memorable moments in photographs.

To preserve the memories of your stay, take a camera with you. You’ll be able to immortalise the breathtaking scenery, the moments of conviviality with your loved ones and all the discoveries on offer. Don’t forget to charge your equipment before you leave, and take all the necessary chargers with you.

If you’re going with family or friends, pack a few board games. These playful and amusing moments will be an opportunity to create warm memories and spend pleasant evenings after your days of outdoor activities.

Finally, to make the most of your gourmet breaks in the great outdoors, remember to pack a cool box. You can store cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and gourmet treats to recharge your batteries during your walks and picnics.

If you’re packing your suitcase for a stay in the mountains this summer at Méribel, you’ve made the right decision: the resort is an ideal destination for families, couples and friends looking for memorable moments.

Whether you’re looking for a sporting challenge or a more leisurely activity, there are plenty of options to choose from. With no fewer than 29 types of outdoor activity on offer throughout the summer season, you’ll never be short of options for keeping yourself entertained.