December 18, 2014
Winter cold weather can seem intimidating if you don’t know how to plan for it. But while average December temperatures here range from 4 to 20 degrees, kids and families who are prepared have a blast making snow angels, building snowmen, going sledding, or just sipping hot chocolate in the lodge. To help you make the most of your trip to our little winter wonderland, here are some things to make sure you pack.
- Long underwear—top and bottom
- Pants (wool or polyester blend are preferable to cotton, and jeans are not ideal)
- Waterproof snowpants
- Shirts (avoid cotton t-shirts as they get damp quickly and make you cold)
- A thin fleece jacket or sweater
- An outer layer. If you’ll be active this can be medium thin but should be wind-and-waterproof. Since you’ll be wearing several layers you won’t need the huge, thick parka—in fact that could heat you up, leading to sweat, which ultimately leaves you colder
- Two layers of socks, a thin inner sock and a thick wool outer sock
- Waterproof winter boots. The number one mistake is buying them too tight—remember you’ll be wearing thick socks. Tight boots do NOT insulate well.
- Good waterproof mittens or gloves. Mittens are warmer than gloves and ones with removable liners dry much faster (you don’t want soaked mittens the next day).
- A scarf or balaclava for your face. You may be able to sneak by without this but if it turns windy you’ll be glad you have it.
- A warm hat. The “bomber” style with fur is popular but a good wool cap should do the trick.
- Same as above, with the following suggestions:
- Bring clips for the gloves so they are attached to a jacket, or tie them to the jacket with a string. Kids are notorious for losing these.
- Extra socks.
- Chapstick is nice for sore lips.
- It’s nice to tuck away a few pieces of candy to revive flagging little spirits.
- Sunglasses are a plus as snow does sometimes have glare.
- Make sure kids take out their boot liners and mitten liners in the room at night, otherwise they won’t dry out. Then make sure they put them back in the next morning!
- As with adults, don’t over-bundle your baby. If they get too warm and sweat, this will leave them colder later. Always remove a layer or two when going inside for a break.
- Hat and mittens—extra mittens if baby sucks on his hands because you don’t want these getting too wet.
- An insulated baby snowsuit is good to have. Slip it on right when baby is ready to go outside.
- If you do bring a blanket, make sure it’s not so slippery baby slides right out of your arms. Snow is soft and so are winter baby clothes, but still.
- If you end up driving somewhere, make SURE to put bulky items like blankets or jackets on top of the car seat straps instead of under them (you can turn a jacket around and put arms through as if it were a Snuggie). In a crash, loose car seat straps can mean injury to baby.
(Baby tips from BabyCenter Canada)