Swiss Alps

What to pack for your trip to the Swiss 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 Switzerland the power sockets are of type J (his socket also works with plug C). The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. A type C power adapter is 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 Lonely PLanet Switzerland travel guide with up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ogle the glowing Matterhorn and enjoy après-ski in Zermatt, stroll Geneva’s Old Town streets, hike through flower-strewn meadows, and hop aboard the Glacier express.

Another great source of information is the Switzerland Tourism Office website.