SKIING WITH CHILDREN - THE PACKING LIST FOR A SUCCESSFUL WINTER HOLIDAY
The next skiing trip is around the corner and it’s about time to get some new outfits for the slopes - that’s what we’re here for! Which one of our Snowsuits has become your favorite for winter vacation? In the event that you are still in the middle of planning, we have two helpful topics today. For one thing, our founder Antje recently chatted with the guys from Papalapapp and had a great one Podcast with the boys from Papalapapp in which she details everything from itineraries, costs, to accommodation and much more. Alongside our WeedoFounder Antje, is ski instructor Marius Quast - a truly seasoned professional.
For those of you yet to pack, we’ve put together a list of essentials below:
The checklist for a ski trip with the kids - this is what they may need for the slopes
- Ski helmet (can also be rented in all resorts - our favourites are the TSG kids helmets)
- Ski goggles (especially in bad weather)
- a Snowsuit
- Ski socks
- a fleece
- A balaclava (especially in bad weather)
- A bandana (e.g. from Had oder Buff)
Helmets are now mandatory in many countries, especially for children - but either way, riding with a helmet is the order of the day, protecting the head from injuries. It is important that the helmet sits right! Not too tight and of course not too loose. Incidentally, there are also back protectors - even for children.
The glasses protect you in bad weather and provide better sight in any case. On the slopes, UV protection is especially important for children's eyes as the radiation is much stronger due to the bright snow.
Snowsuits come in all shapes and sizes, but functionality counts for a lot! We rate those that don't end up in the boot juice in the bathroom. Keep you warm. Have pockets where you need them. Hoods which can be pulled over your helmet. That grow with you. Which have extra insulation around body parts which cool down first, while sitting or kneeling in the snow. And that look as great as ours, naturally!
Our favourite: mittens, as you can see from our own creations. Why? Because all fingers are insulated together in a “chamber" and can be moved freely. This way, small children's fingers stay warm longer and they can fidget at leisure. And of course: to prevent losing individual gloves, we placed our mega clip directly on the suit.
The right ski underwear ensures that our children neither overheat nor freeze on the slopes. They warm up and cool down when necessary. Good thermals soak moisture away from the body, so our children always stay dry - and warm. There is often waiting around on ski courses and, in the worst case, freezing.
Toes and fingertips. They get cold quickly and children can’t just grin and bear it like adults. Which they shouldn't anyway! They should feel comfortable and ski socks are important. It’s essential one has the right socks and of course the right ski or snowboard boots. Kids should not wear socks that are too thick, but ones that insulate and support well (especially in the shin area) plus offer space to move the toes.
If you have a little heat in the house, you are usually good to go with good thermals and our snowsuits. However, an intermediate layer never hurt - and a thin sweater or fleece is recommended. Remember to wear breathable materials!
A balaclava is a must-have for ice-cold slopes when the wind whistles around your ears. Well it’s more like apres ski all day for us parents, but our children cannot get enough of the constant up and down. They prevent the wind from creeping in anywhere.
The smaller the child, the better a combination of scarf and hat. Once pulled over the head, the ears and neck are directly protected and little ones cannot tear them off themselves - usually good hats sit so that toddlers don’t find them annoying. A multifunctional bandana is a good option for older children, they just work for anything at any time. No matter whether a scarf, bandana or headband. Now available in so many colors, designs and fabrics that everyone will find what they are looking for - and they last forever!
We don't really have to explain that sunscreen is not only standard for the beach, but also in winter wonderland. The sun really shines here and is strongly reflected by the snow. Protect your skin and that of your children with a good sunscreen (sustainable ones also available, e.g. from eco)
The best investment against red, frozen cheeks: Vaseline or lip solve - we swear by the wind- and weatherbalm von Weleda. It is natural, works for every skin type and ensures that baby cheeks remain soft and supple - in any wind and weather.
And now: Have fun!