Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

2022/02/01 Home Education and advice

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

By Rola Abou Assaly

With the winter months upon us, many brave the cold to participate in outdoor activities. Whether it is ice skating, skiing, or sledding, dressing improperly for the cold can make a fun winter activity unpleasant. Here are some tips to make sure you can thoroughly enjoy being out in the cold.

How to dress properly during winter?

The main concept to staying warm during winter activities is layering. There are three layers to remember: the base layer, middle layer, and outer layer.

Base layer

For your base layer, you want a material that is breathable and wicks away perspiration. Look for items made of wool or synthetic fabrics like polyester. You also want them snug to your body. Avoid cotton as your base layer as it traps moisture and will make you cold quicker.

Middle layer

Next comes your middle layer, which should fit over your base layer. This is thought of as your insulation layer. Wool, fleece, or down make excellent choices. You still want this layer to be fitted without limiting your movement.

Outer layer

Finally, there is the outer layer that should protect you from the elements (rain, wind, snow). A water- and wind-resistant outer shell that is also breathable (vented) made of Gore-Tex makes for a great layer.

No matter what the activity, dressing well for the weather will certainly keep us out for longer. You certainly don’t want to overdress and put too many layers on as this can cause you to sweat and wet clothes will make you cold.

How to dress children during winter?

Wondering if it is the same rules for children? According to the American Academy of pediatrics, you should add one more layer to children than you would yourself for the same weather. The air pockets between the layers will help trap heat and keep them warm.

What to wear winter activities

Lastly, don’t forget your extremities. You want to wear heavy, non-cotton socks, waterproof boots and gloves, a scarf and a hat. Children, especially, are prone to frostbite to their fingers and toes as they are more sensitive to the cold. Tip: Pack a cold-clothes emergency kit equipped with extra gloves, socks, pants, and shirts for your kids. They will thank you.

Most importantly, make sure you have fun!

If you have further questions about these tips, you may speak to a therapist who will help guide you based on your medical history and your needs.

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