Are you planning a skiing holiday in the Austrian Alps? Or do you want to focus on magnificent hikes over mountains and through valleys? Maybe you’ll skip adventure altogether and spend your time on more cultural pleasures in Vienna or Salzburg?

If you’re travelling to Austria, you have a few options. The different options also place different demands on your packing. If you’re not sure what to pack, here’s a packing list for a trip to Austria!

How to pack for your trip to Austria

Here’s a suggested packing list for your trip to Austria. More precisely, we offer three packing lists. There’s a difference between spending seven days on the slopes and enjoying a summer weekend in Vienna.

As you will see, our proposals are wide-ranging. You certainly don’t need to take everything with you. We just don’t want you to forget anything important for your trip. Good luck with your packing and have a great trip!

Packing list for a skiing holiday in Austria – clothes

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Warm sweater
  • Fleece sweater
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Socks for ski boots
  • Ski Jacket (Buy at a great price with a Burton Snowboards discount code)
  • Ski pants
  • Underwear
  • Winter shoes
  • Hat
  • Neck scarf/buff
  • Ski gloves
  • Shirt/top
  • Dress trousers/skirt
  • Men’s shoes/heels
  • Sneakers
  • Swimwear (for the pool at the hotel!)

Ski holiday packing list – equipment

  • Skiing or snowboarding
  • Ski bag/ski case
  • Walking sticks
  • Ski boots
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Action Camera
  • Handkerchief
  • Liquid system
  • Lightweight backpack (Buy at a great price with a Berghaus discount code)
  • Hand warmers

Clothing and equipment for hiking

  • Socks that breathe
  • Shorts/hiking pants (Buy at a great price with a Go Outdoors discount code)
  • Functional sweater
  • Long sleeve sweater
  • Rain jacket/Wind jacket
  • Cap/sun hat
  • Trail shoes/hiking boots
  • Water bladder/liquid system
  • Telescopic wands
  • Hiking backpack

Visiting Vienna or Salzburg – spring, summer, autumn

  • T-shirts/blouses
  • Tops
  • Dress/skirt
  • Skirt
  • Leggings
  • Long trousers/jeans (Buy at a great price with a Dapper Street discount code)
  • Shorts
  • Warm sweater
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Sneakers/walking shoes
  • Comfortable sandals to walk in
  • Cap/sun hat
  • Bathwear

Hygiene and travel pharmacy

  • Oral hygiene
  • Hair care products in mini bottles
  • Face care
  • Skincare (Buy at a great price with an AllBeauty.com discount code)
  • Make-up and make-up removal
  • Shower cream
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair and brush
  • Things for shaving
  • Sun protection factor
  • Moisturizing cream
  • Contact lenses/glasses (if needed)
  • Bath towel (Buy at a great price with a Dunelm discount code)
  • Nail scissors/nail file
  • Sanitary products
  • Handkerchiefs/Wipes
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Medicine
  • First Aid Kit
  • Plasters
  • Chafing plasters
  • Painkillers

Technology and other

  • Reading tablet/Tablet (Buy at a great price with a Laptops Direct discount code)
  • Towel (good for a lot!)
  • Tough protection for your mobile
  • Headphones
  • Sleeping mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Powerbank and charger
  • Camera with SD card
  • Handsfree/selfie stick
  • Travel adapter (optional)
  • German dictionary (learn some phrases!)
  • Physical travel guides (Buy at a great price with a Waterstones discount code)
  • Pad lock

Important documents and money

  • Passport
  • Copy of passport
  • Passport case
  • Conditions for your travel insurance
  • Driving licence (if you want to rent a car)
  • Bank cards and credit cards
  • Tickets and bookings

Things to consider when packing for Austria

You can probably make very good use of these packing lists. As I said, they contain most of what you might need to take with you. Are there more tips to look at? Here are four things to keep in mind when packing.

Pack smart for safe hiking in Austria

Hikers in Austria

The Alps are great for hiking in spring and summer. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking a ride of just a few kilometres or going mile after mile. You’ll get more fresh air than you’ve ever had before and see amazing views too.

However, it all assumes that you approach your hike in the right way with equipment and preparation. Want some useful tips? Here are a few:

  • If you’re a novice hiker, go on a guided tour – don’t go into the mountains on your own
  • Pack plenty of food (preferably high in calories) and water
  • Use a hiking backpack that you are comfortable with (please test before departure)
  • Use walking sticks to relieve pressure on legs and joints
  • Use lightweight but durable hiking boots – regular sneakers won’t do!
  • Use the layer-on-layer principle with thin and light functional garments
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and something to protect your head

Maximise photo opportunities on the go

Whether you want to hit the slopes in St Anton, stroll the streets of Vienna or hike the high mountains, you’ll want to document your experiences. Different experiences require different technology, so here are some tips to look at.

If you’re heading out for a hike, opt for a more classic system camera in a more compact model. You can also choose an action camera such as GoPro. Maybe you also want to take a selfie stick with you on your trip?

For adventures in the snow, the action camera is the only option. An action camera is durable while delivering excellent photo and moving image quality. You can also attach a camera like this to your chest or helmet.

So which camera do you need for photos and videos in the big city? You can get pretty far with a modern smartphone. Then you can always combine with various accessories.

You can rent and buy everything in Austria

One thing to remember is that you have the option to rent and buy everything you need in Austria.

Don’t want to carry all your ski equipment with you? Then just rent on the spot.

Want to pack light and add anything you think you might need? For example, some hygiene products. Then just buy when the need arises.

A packing list for Austria can be a little shorter and more manageable if you rent and buy locally. It can definitely be something to think about! At the same time, of course, you should consider both your wallet and the environment.

What about backcountry skiing? Think about this!

Backcountry skiing

Are you the kind of person who doesn’t shy away from gazing at untouched land among the alpine peaks? Then backcountry skiing is of course the way to go. Backcountry skiing can be an incredible experience, but it’s also important to keep a tight rein on safety.

There are some important rules that you should always follow. You should also carry a set of tools in case of an accident, such as an avalanche.

What are the rules? It’s all about these three:

  • Don’t go alone!
  • Look carefully at weather reports before heading out
  • Bring safety equipment

What is the safety equipment? It’s all about these things:

  • Avalanche transmitters
  • Probe
  • Scoop
  • First Aid Kit
  • ABS backpack

With these items in your gear when you head out off-piste, you can feel a little safer. Have fun on the slopes but always keep safety in mind!