Skiing with kids?
Baby’s first time in the snow?
Too many suitcases?
Here are some essential things to bring on your trip to Niseko
It can be challenging enough packing for your own ski holiday, before you factor in those extra little bodies.
Winter wear is bulky and just doesn’t want to squeeze in to that tiny case. And now you have extra humans to take care of, travelling to a different country, and one with a hostile winter climate. Here is our stripped-back list of absolute ESSENTIAL things to bring with your kids to Niseko.
Niseko is not like home in many ways. One of these ways is the bathroom facilities. Where many restaurants don’t even accept children (shock and horror) those that do often don’t have ample baby changing facilities in the bathroom. Bring a foldable changing mat, or purchase some disposable sheets to transform any bathroom floor into the hygienic baby-changing unit of your dreams!
We also recommend bringing a good supply of nappies from home since they can be hard to come by in shops around Niseko.
Places you can buy nappies–
- Sapporo Drug Hirafu 188
- Co-op Niseko town
- Lucky Kutchan
- Niseko Kid’s Club, 3F AYA hotel
The best investment for your child this winter is a good quality one-piece snow suit. The powder here gets deep and into EVERYTHING, including between jacket and pants. With temperatures that go down to -25, wrapping up warm is a must!
Gloves, hats and thick socks should be brought with a few spares. They can be expensive to replace when you are here and those pesky things LOVE to be tugged off and left behind and buried in the snow. Luckily all the best things come in pairs so it’s useful to pick up some matching sets to prepare for the 1 glove and 1 sock inevitability.
Best to wrap them up in layers. Save some space in your case and pack thin layers for yourself and your children. Easier to take-off when the blasting heat from inside hits you, and a much more effective way of staying warm than those thick jumpers everyone gifted you for Christmas.
It gets slippy out here so strong boots with a good tread might just save the day. Avoid accidents on the pavement and buy a good pair at home before you come out.
Temperatures outside may plummet, but in Japan, temperatures inside soar. This results in a real drying out. Great if you don’t have a tumble drier for your clothes, but not so great for your skin. For your kids this is amplified, and any children suffering from eczema or dry skin will really feel the difference. Bring a good supply of cream – whether all-natural coconut oil, or old favourites like Sudocrem or Nivea. Even pack a small humidifier to keep the arid desert out of your hotel room. Lipcare is also a must – we recommend Burts Bees, for a chemical-free option to spread on your little one’s faces, elbows and anywhere with acute dryness.
Food and milk
The climate here provides locals with ample supplies of fruit and vegetables in summer, however in winter they can be few and far between. For a vitamin-rich diet, make up some vac-packed snack bags or blend up some baby food in jars. Niseko is full of ‘western-style’ eateries, however finding healthy options for kids can sometimes be a challenge. Children love to have something familiar, and changing their environment and routine on holiday can be a recipe for disaster. Bring some of their favourite snacks or milk formula along for the ride.
Things from home
Now your case is looking pretty full-up. You need to choose the next items carefully, bring a few small toys, books and maybe a blanket from home. Some familiar objects will help your munchkin feel at home in this strange place, and these items can be brought along to daycare with a calming effect. Fill your phone or ipod with your children’s favourite songs, help them relax and get comfortable.
Skiing all day and then being in the stifling heat of inside can be very dehydrating. Remember to bring along an easy-to-use, sturdy drinking bottle; and take it with you everywhere you go. It’s very easy to forget to drink water yourself, and even more for your children. Children also struggle to eat when their routine is interrupted. A spoon or fork from home may be just enough to help things along when moving from restaurant to restaurant. Some great collapsible options can be found in camping shops to save space in that case.
Don’t be put-off coming to Niseko with your whole gang! With a little bit of planning, and some help and advice it can be a fantastically successful and rewarding experience. Watching them delight in playing in the snow, building snowmen and watching snowflakes melting is a beautiful and special time for all the family.
If you need any help and advice during your stay, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or come and visit us at Niseko Kids Club, 3F AYA NISEKO hotel.
Niseko’s International Childcare Centre