Even though the weather is cold and snowy for some, it doesn’t mean that you and your kids can’t play and start an outdoor adventure. Most people actually prefer to hike during the winter months because they won’t get too sweaty. In addition, there are also a lot of things that you can do in winter like sledding, snowball fights, and even trying to discover nature, like we did recently when we went on a Squirrel Hunt.
But if you want to bring them on your next outdoor adventure, you need to choose the right hiking clothes that will keep them comfortable throughout the trip. During winter, your main priority is to keep them toasty warm and prevent them from getting wet. Check out this short post to learn more about useful tips for dressing your kid for a cold hiking adventure.
Layers, layers, and layers
When choosing outdoor walking apparel for your little tykes, make sure that you wrap them up in layers and layers of clothes to keep them warm. This is highly important for babies who need to be carried or pushed in a pushchair. When hiking, it is recommended that you move in order to keep warm. But since they are in their strollers, they don’t really expend so much energy. As a rule of thumb, the young ones should wear clothes two times more than you.
Thick socks and gloves
Use thick socks that are specially designed for walking and hiking. In addition, try to add another layer of socks. Go for leathers shoes with fleece lining, and avoid those plastic wellies because they are not efficient at insulating your feet… however I fear trying to replace my sons Spongebob Squarepants wellies maybe an epic battle.
Aside from socks, make sure that they are also wearing thick lined gloves. If they are not holding anything, ask them to tuck their hands away in their jacket sleeves. Regularly check their hands and feet to see if they are extremely cold.
Unlike a normal jacket, this one effectively wicks away moisture rather than absorb it. if you do not get wet, you can surely stay warm for a long period of time. However, you also want a jacket that is lightweight and can preserve your body heat. Choose a winter jacket that has a lot of zippers and vents so that your kid can easily regulate their own body temperature.
Choose polyester fleece
Unlike cotton, polyester fleece is warmer and it dries quicker. If you cannot purchase polyester fleece, you can also opt for wool because they are also good insulators. However, make sure that you choose a fabric that is not too itchy.
Do you have any other ideas on how to keep your kids warm when out and about?
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