French Alps

What to pack for your trip to the French Alps

Functional clothing. If you are planning to visit during skiing season in winter, functional clothing is key for enjoying and being safe in the outdoors. It can get quite cold on the mountains. In addition, you should pack thermal underwear (preferably wool), breathable layer clothing, plenty of socks (again, preferably wool, rather than cotton or synthetic), and a warm hat. Swedish functional clothing specialist Odlo has a great line of clothing products for the icy outdoors.

Shoes that withstand the mud. Hiking during the rain can be quite a mess, so it might be a good idea to pack a not-too-bulky pair of trail runners, such as Saucony’s Peregrine 7 for men or women, that hold up well on wet and dry ground.

All-weather gear. During the spring and fall seasons, be prepared for rainy and windy conditions. Ideal are lightweight hoodies like the highly weatherproof Arc'teryx Squamish jacket, which is breathable, too – handy for when the weather clears up again. Tuck a good (but compact) umbrella, like Repel's Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating, into your bag, in case of a real downpour.

Power adapter and charger. In France the power sockets are of type F (his socket also works with plug C and plug E). The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. These power adapters are included in this world adapter set from Bestek, and a multiport charger, like Anker’s compact Powerport 4.

Packing cubes. They not only keep your suitcase organized, but also compact your clothes to save space. One of frequent travellers'favorites are Eagle Creek‘s Pack-It cubes, which come in different sizes so you can tailor your setup to your needs.

Travel guide. Check out the Michelin Green Guide French Alps (Green Guide/Michelin) with detailed maps, color photos and Michelin's method of rating all attractions to lead visitors through the best of the French Alps.

Check out all our locations in the French Alps:

Chalet

Chalet Grand Corniche – Outdoor Jacuzzi

An award winning luxury chalet located in the beautiful resort of Les Gets in the vast Portes du Soleil ski area.
Chalet

Chalet Pelerin – Terrace Hot Tub

Nestled in the tiny mountain village of Le Miroir, seven world-class ski resorts are less than 30 minutes away.
Flocons

Flocons de Sel – Outdoor Hot Tub

In Megeve, in the heart of authentic Haute-Savoie, Flocons de Sel offers panoramic views over the surrounding mountains.
Petit

Petit Hotel Confidentiel – Terrace Jacuzzi Suite

A chic boutique hotel in the heart of Chambery's historical center