Summer Packing List

During summer the UCPA has a wide variety of courses, therefore the packing list will vary depending on the course, the sport and the location. Below is a rough guide to what will be provided as part of the packages and what you will need to pack for yourself.

Provided Equipment

All hardware and safety kit required to complete your course will be provided. Depending on your course activities the kit is likely to include:

Mountaineering courses: B3 boots, crampons, harness, rope, helmet, ice axe, backpack

Rock Climbing courses: climbing shoes, harness, rope, belay device, carabiners, helmet

Mountain Biking courses: Mountain bike (on select courses, please check course descriptions or contact us) helmet, body armour

Surfing/windsurfing/sailing courses: wetsuit, surf board/windsurf board, life jacket

Refuge stays: If your course requires overnight stays outside of the UCPA centres, for example in a mountain refuge, you will be provided with a sleeping bag, but you will need your own sleeping bag liner. Also, be aware that in some refuges, the only water is bottled water and you will be required to pay for this. Some showers in some refuges will also be extra. If you are staying in Swiss refuges, you may need Swiss Francs, as not all Swiss refuges accept euros.  

Personal clothing & kit Required

The personal clothing and kit required for your trip will depend on the course, the location and sport. The weather can be unpredictable, especially in the mountains, so we advise to pack for all eventualities. Below is a rough guide of what you may need.

Mountaineering courses:

  • Base layers - breathable sports tops, thermal top & bottoms
  • Warm mid layers - fleece, thin down jacket & walking trousers/climbing trousers.
  • Waterproof outer layers e.g packable Goretex jacket & trousers
  • Hut liner/sleeping bag liner (or small sleeping bag) for hut stays
  • Thermal ski socks, hat & gloves
  • Sun hat & good quality sunglasses
  • Trekking poles (not essential, but useful for comfort) 
  • Backpack liner (e.g. bin liner) to protect belongings inside backpack

Rock Climbing courses:

  • Climbing trousers/sports top & trousers (allows easy movement)
  • Warm & waterproof layers
  • Sturdy shoes/trainers for walking between climbing areas – this can include in the mountains
  • Sun hat & good quality sunglasses
  • Backpack for carrying layers, water & snacks

Mountain Biking courses:

  • Comfortable sports clothing – shorts & tops (long sleeves may be preferable)
  • Biking specific shorts (padded inners for courses with long rides)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Biking gloves
  • Trainers or special biking shoes (not clips)
  • Good quality sunglasses
  • Backpack for carrying water, snacks, layers etc.
  • Hydration pack/water bottle

Surfing/Windsurfing courses:

  • Swimwear
  • Shoes or trainers for the water
  • wetsuit gloves (personal preference)
  • Sun hat & good quality sunglasses
  • Beach towels
  • Rash vest for under wetsuit (personal preference)
  • Insect repellent

Sailing courses:

  • Swimwear
  • Sports clothing – short & t-shirt
  • Waterproof/windproof outerwear
  • Good quality sunglasses & sun hat (appropriate for sailing)
  • Shoes or trainers for the water
  • Beach towels
  • Insect repellent

Scuba Diving courses:

  • Swimwear
  • Clothing that is easy to change into from your diving kit
  • Beach towels
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Warm layers and Waterproof/windproof outerwear
  • Shoes or trainers for the water
  • A pair of trainers, or hiking shoes
  • a small back pack
  • If you are travelling early or late in the season you might wish to bring diving shoes that are compatible with fins and diving gloves
  • Dive computers are not included in the package, you can either bring your own or hire one onsite
  • The centre will need to see a medical certificate that shows you are fit to dive

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Other Essentials:

  • Towel (bedding is provided but towels are not provided)
  • French plug adapter for your phone & laptop charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (minimum cat 3 protection for mountain sports)
  • Travel Insurance & EHIC card
  • Passport
  • Ear plugs (useful for a shared dorm)
  • Padlock for room locker
  • Water bottle (for room & during sports)
  • Mobile phone & charger (check it works while abroad)
  • UCPA security deposit – 100 euros
  • Debit/credit card – in case of emergency
  • Swimwear (beach or pool)
  • Sports kit & trainers/hiking shoes for evening/free day activities/exploring
  • Toiletries & hairdryer
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Insect repellent 
  • Small tupperware container for picnic salads (​in some resorts e.g. Chamonix or Argentiere) 
  • If you are on a high-energy activity course, you may want an extra supply of energy bars (some will be provided)

Several weeks before travel you will be sent an email with information you may require for your holiday including packing list, travel arrangements and the UCPA address. Please read this information carefully. If you don't receive the holiday details email contact us. Remember if you are arriving after 8pm you should contact the UCPA centre in advance to arrange access to the centre and room keys. This information is covered in the Holiday Details email. 

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