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Posted on January 23rd, 2012

Kit list for Skiing Holidays or a Trip to Lapland (or cold wintry walks).

The right equipment can make all the difference to getting out and about in winter with your children. Whether you are planning a special trip to see Santa in Lapland, are off to the mountains for a skiing holiday, or are just hoping for some afternoon walks over the winter, if the children are warm and dry then they’re much more likely to enjoy what they’re doing and we all know happy kids equal happy mums and dads.

Your Winter Wonderland Kit List

  • Work from the inside out; what you put next to their skin is as important in cold weather as what they wear on the outside. So start with a high quality thermal base layer made from man made fibres, not cotton. Man made thermals actively wick moisture away from the body as well as keeping you warm, whereas cotton absorbs moisture so you could end up with a damp layer next to the skin which will cool down and make you feel cold.
  • Layering is key to comfort when it’s cold so add a long sleeve top over the thermal (a polo neck is good) and then a lightweight fleece, which is a more comfortable and suitable choice for active wear than a jumper. See examples here.
  • For the children’s outer layer it pays to invest in a better quality jacket. Look out for important features like taped seams and breathable fabric – they will offer added benefits such as being windproof and water proof – very important if your child is going to be braving the elements for a long period or likely to be falling over in the snow a lot.
  • The real reason we all love winter is because we get to wear funky hats! Hats, caps and beanies in cool designs are more likely to stay on
  • Helmet covers add a bit of fun to a skiing holiday but from a purely practical point of view they encourage reluctant helmet wearers to don their headwear and make kids easy to spot on the slopes
  • Other key items are neck gaiters and balaclavas – they offer added warmth as they come down around the neck and are much more safe and practical than a scarf.
  • Mitts or gloves – mitts are warmer than gloves and easier to put on for younger children and for babies. Mittens without thumbs are easy to slide on little hands quickly without any fuss. Some mitts come with ‘don’t lose ‘em strings’ which go through coat sleeves to make sure mitts don’t get lost. Or the strings can be bought separately.
  • Don’t forget the socks – if it’s really cold you might want to use a liner sock inside the main sock.
  • Snow boots have snuggly wool linings, making them much warmer than wellies and often have special soles to help children walk easier and more safely on snow and ice.
  • Finally children’s sunglasses are now sold with a required UV400 specification so you know you are looking after their eyes too. If you are skiing don’t forget ski goggles.

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