The winter months have arrived. The winds are howling and the snow is blowing. Depending on the day, the temperature can dip down to the lower digits or even below. But that doesn't stop kids from wanting to go out and make snow angels, snow men, and igloos. It doesn't stop the snow ball fights or kids wanting to be pulled in sleds. Winter is a magical time when everything turns to sparkling white. But it's also a cold time that requires preparation before going outside.
Dressing warmly is a key part to being safe outside. A warm pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt or sweater are a must for wintertime. And in some cases, long underwear might be in order too! A good pair of warm socks is also important. Wool socks are best. There are two places where we lose most of our body heat - the head and the feet. So wearing warmest snowboard socks is crucial to keeping warm during the winter.
Your outerwear must be equally as warm. You need a good winter coat that can block out both the wind and cold. A warm, lined hat is also a must so you don't lose precious heat from you head. Snow pants are a great option, especially if you plan to get into the snow. There are a couple of types available. The traditional ones are thick and warm. They keep the snow out through pure thickness. The other type is similar to a rain pant. It's made of wind breaker type material and shields you from bone chilling winds. Either one is better than just a pair of pants.
Gloves are also a must have for outdoor fun. Actually, gloves or mittens are a good choice. Either one will keep your hands dry. It's best to pick materials that will keep not only the wind out; but the wet out too. Thinsulate is a great new material that is lightweight but does the job. If you can't choose between gloves and mittens, there are fingerless gloves that have a mitten hand that fits over them. You will find these very versatile.
Other things to think about when concerned about safety are not staying in the snow too long. You can get frost bite on your face and ears. Try not to go out alone. Or if you do, you should let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Third, come in often and take a hot chocolate break to warm up your toes and hands. Warm snowboard socks are a must this season :)