What to Pack for Boarding in Switzerland

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It can be tricky preparing to leave home for the first time. Starting boarding school means beginning a year filled with new experiences, situations, and sometimes even a new climate! These are all exciting things, but they can also be nerve-wracking for first-time boarders who are getting ready to pack and move away from home!

En Escuela Americana de Leysin en Suiza, our alpine campus is located at 1,350 meters (4,400 feet) above sea level, with many hiking paths and ski slopes reaching even higher altitudes. Students also get to participate in activities like ice climbing, surfing, and cycling. With such a variety of experiences available to them, here are the essentials we tell our students to bring with them to ensure a successful year at LAS:


It is a good idea to do a little research before you begin packing clothing. Does your school have a uniform? What do the temperatures look like year-round? These are just a few questions to consider when you are deciding what and how much to bring. These are our suggestions for must-have clothing items at LAS:

  • Winter coat and/or jacket
  • Raincoat and/or windbreaker
  • Sweaters
  • Hat
  • Mittens/gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Casual shoes/sandals
  • Socks
  • Undergarments 
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleepwear
  • Formal outfits for banquets and special occasions


Chances are, if you forget any hygiene products, you’ll be able to find what you need at a nearby store. Do keep in mind, though, that if you have a particular brand you like, it may be a good idea to stock up before you go—especially if you are attending school in a different country!

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair accessories
  • Floss
  • Toiletries
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Hairdryer
  • Sunscreen
  • Skincare products
  • Nail clippers
  • Towels and washcloths

Alpine and Sports Equipment

Take a look into what your school offers in terms of sports equipment. Do they offer branded gym wear? What about coats? Learning more about what your school provides will help you to pack more efficiently!

  • Ski trousers 
  • Gloves
  • Helmet 
  • Goggles
  • Ski boots
  • Skis
  • Poles 
  • Snowboard equipment
  • Athletic clothing and specialized sports equipment such as shin guards, volleyball knee pads, or mouth guards. 
  • Hiking shoes
  • Athletic indoor shoes
  • Swimsuit


  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Musical instruments
  • Technology (laptop, phone, headphones, e-reader, etc) and chargers
  • Notebooks

Dorm Room Decorations

With a few simple items, you can make your dorm room feel home-y and cozy. While linens may be provided, you can consider bringing pillow and duvet covers from home to add your own personal style to your space! Some other items you can consider bringing are:

  • Photos
  • Posters and other wall decorations
  • Lights
  • Mug
  • Journal

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Escuela Americana de Leysin en Suiza

Leysin American School in Switzerland

Situado en los impresionantes Alpes suizos, el Colegio Americano Leysin tiene una historia de fomento del talento y motivación de los estudiantes para que tengan éxito en la educación, los deportes y las artes. El internado reúne a estudiantes de todo el mundo para crear una comunidad universitaria con una perspectiva global y un ambiente familiar. LAS ofrece el diploma del Bachillerato Internacional (IB), un completo plan de estudios de preparación para la universidad de EE.UU. y, para los no nativos de inglés, un programa integrado de adquisición de la lengua inglesa (ELA).