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Winter Kit List for Kids by Kim Peatfield

It may be cold and wintry but don’t let that stop you having fun outside with the kids. Fresh air and exercise is good for everyone but the right equipment can make all the difference to getting out and about in winter with your children.

There’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing and 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.

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 this winter, here’s my little terra handy guide to making the most of every outdoor minute.

Your Essential Winter Kit List

Work from the inside out; what you put next to your children’s 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.

For the children’s outer layer it often pays to invest in a slightly better quality jacket as they will offer added benefits such as being windproof, breathable and water proof – very important if your child is likely to be falling over in the snow a lot.

Other key items are hats and neckgaiters, and balaclavas are good as they come down around the neck.

Mitts or gloves – mitts are warmer than gloves and easier to put on for younger children and for babies you can get mittens without thumbs which are super to slide on quickly without any fuss.

Don’t forget the socks – if it’s really cold you might want to use a liner sock inside the main sock.

Snow boots are much warmer than wellies and often have special soles to help children walk easier and more safely on snow and ice.

Have fun!

Little Terra, is a specialist children’s outdoor activities retailer and offers high quality kids clothing and gear to kit-out children for winter activities and playing in the snow.

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