How to Dress for Snow Tubing & Sledding
Many kid’s favorite winter pastimes are sledding or tubing. When that first big snow hits, many kids, including your own, maybe chomping at the bit to hit the snowy slopes or at the very least, the hill behind the house. Finding them the right sled or tube is easy but getting them to dress appropriately is a different story. It’s best to start off with a base layer of thermals for boys that will help keep everyone warm and dry.
The base layer you wear should fit snug against your skin and be great at wicking away moisture. Boys long johns that are made of wool or a synthetic blend will work correctly as sledding and tubing are active sports. As your kids play, they will sweat and the right thermals will pull that moisture from the body and release it through its breathable fabric. Look for socks that are made of similar material to keep the feet warm and protected from frostbite.
Add another layer to keep them warm. Think of it as an insulating layer, like a wool sweater or a synthetic material like fleece. Choosing a synthetic fleece is best as it will be lightweight, like the base layer and will work at keeping the warmth in. Hoodies or tops made of synthetic wool are well-priced and easy to find at most sports stores.
Playing in the snow can get your kid’s clothes wet. In cold temperatures, this can be bad as staying dry is vital to their comfort and safety. A pair of snow pants and a waterproof jack will help keep the moisture from getting to the inner layers. Staying dry is essential.
Keeping your hands, feet, and head warm will add to your kid’s comfort level and make for an excellent day sledding. Invest in a warm hat that will cover the ears. Waterproof mittens or gloves are perfect for the snowball fights that are expected to happen. If you choose to get your kids a scarf, avoid long scarves as they can be tripping hazards. Waterproof and insulated boots or snow boots will help keep their feet warm.
Quick tip: Layers will offer you and your child some flexibility. If they get too warm, they can shed a layer, and if they get too cold, then you can put it back on. If it's not too frigid, you could avoid the middle layer altogether.
Bring an extra pair of clothes or hats just in case an accident happens. May an extra set of thermals for boys if needed or extra gloves. Wicking garments like boys long johns will keep moisture away. Warm clothes made of a synthetic fleece are great for a middle layer and snow pants and waterproof jackets for the outer shell will help keep them dry. Keeping everyone warm is easy if you take a few moments to prepare. It can be easy to miss an article of clothing in the excitement of winter fun, but spending a few extra minutes making sure everyone is ready will make for a memorable day.