Got an annual date with snow-capped mountains or off on your first ski trip? Either way, it's best to be well prepared for your holiday. Did you know that not only your gear, but also your insurance policies and smartphone can be winter-holiday-proofed? Our holiday checklist is here to help. Use it to embark on a care-free winter holiday.
1. Booking your ski trip
Booking a ski trip? Check out these tips:
- Do you have a KBC credit card? Many credit cards have cancellation insurance, so you don't need a separate cancellation insurance policy. Do you have a KBC Platinum Credit Card? Then you even have extended travel insurance.
- Hiring ski gear in advance or upon arrival? The advantage of hiring gear when you arrive is that it's easier to change if there's a problem. You also don't have to drag it all the way there and back. That said, bringing ski gear from Belgium is often cheaper. If you ski every year, it might be a wise idea to purchase your own gear.
- First time in the mountains? Don't forget to book skiing lessons in advance.
- Holiday insurance sorted? To check, go to KBC Mobile or KBC Touch and find out how well covered you are on holiday by answering a few questions. You can also take out any missing insurance straight away.
2. Pre-winter-holiday preparations
1,2,3 … Squat!
Skiing for a whole week? Your calves will benefit if you get your muscles in shape before leaving by doing some squats. There's plenty of inspiration on YouTube.
Winter tyres and chains
Your car deserves the necessary attention, too. In countries like Germany, France and Austria, it is mandatory to fit winter tyres. So be sure to arrange an appointment at the garage in good time.
You will often encounter these abroad. Want a quick and easy drive? Use your credit card or link your card to a 'télépéage' system (France).
Winter-holiday-proof your smartphone
- Want to know how many centimetres of snow have fallen at your destination? There are plenty of good apps online that tell you which winter destinations have the most snowfall. The major ski resorts have their own app.
- Travelling by car? Download the KBC Assist app. This ensures you have all the necessary contact information should you have an accident or break down. You can even submit a claim on the go.
- Be sure to save the contact details of your holiday insurer too. As our client, you will find these in KBC Touch. We hope that you won't need to use it, but if the worst happens you always have quick access to the right number.
- Want to know the damage after an evening of après-ski? Simply check your balance with KBC Mobile. You can also use it to easily pay your friends back for that round of drinks.
3. Good quality, safe equipment is priceless
- You're heading for snowy conditions, so take plenty of warm clothing. Extra-long socks, underwear and base layers are essential. You'll also need ski clothing. Ski pants, a ski jacket, thermal layers and ski boots, for example. And don't forget your hat, gloves and ski goggles.
- Your ski gear will also need maintenance. Waxing your gear and sharpening the edges allows you to glide cleanly over the snow. Did you know you can maintain your gear yourself? Not sure what you're doing? Or small repairs needed? Take your gear to a specialist. And in good time, too.
- Safety first … that's the ticket! In many ski resorts, it is mandatory for children to wear ski helmets. It's a good idea for you to wear one, too.
- Want to avoid long queues at the local pharmacy? Always take a first-aid kit with bruise cream, cold packs, sun cream and painkillers (you might need them after a night of après-ski...).
I'm going on holiday and I'm taking... my KBC credit card
Taking a credit card on holiday offers more benefits than you think. Not only can you pay with it, but it also makes using toll roads easier. Moreover, many cards come with cancellation insurance, and you can defer payments. Discover all the benefits.