The winter holidays are just around the corner, which for many families means time for their annual skiing holiday. But, before you leave, check your suitcase again to make sure you have remembered everything.
8 THINGS YOU CAN’T FORGET WHEN YOU GO SKIING WITH YOUR CHILDREN.
Ski clothes, hats, mittens, and scarves, these are all essential when packing for your holiday, but there may be other items you didn’t think about. We have thought of 8 things which are important to take with you when you head for the snow and cold.
Skiing and snowboarding at speed are fun, but they aren’t without risk, therefore you should make sure both you and your children have a good ski helmet, and even other forms of protection such as wrist protectors and back shields. It is obviously important that your safety equipment is the right size and fit and lives up to the European safety standards. If you are looking for a helmet, look out for the “CE EN 1077” certificate as this indicates it matches the minimum safety standards.
EFFECTIVE SUN CREAM
Even though it may be cold outside, you still need to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. The winter sun is often very powerful and is intensified by the snow reflecting the sun’s rays. Furthermore, our pale skin in the winter is very sensitive and often at higher risk of burning when you are out on the slopes all day. Therefore, it is important to pack an effective sun cream and possibly lip balm with UV protection. It may be worth taking a rucksack, so you can keep it with you throughout the day.
SUNGLASSES OR SKI GOGGLES
The bright winter sun is not only harsh on your skin, but also on your eyes. Therefore, you might want to invest in a pair of good sunglasses or ski goggles before embarking on your skiing adventures. Make sure the glasses aren’t too tight or too loose, and comfortable enough to wear all day. They do however need to fit tightly enough so they don’t fall down either you or your children’s faces as you race downhill.
WOOLLEN UNDERWEAR FROM DILLING
There is nothing worse than a good day on the slopes being ruined because you or your children become cold through and through. Therefore, it is important to dress properly, preferably in layers, to make sure you are warm and comfortable. At least one set of good ski underwear is essential to keep your body warm, but it also needs to wick sweat away from your body. Therefore, we recommend investing in a set of luxurious woollen DILLING underwear. Our clothing is made from exclusive merino wool which both insulates and absorbs moisture, ensuring you and your children stay warm and dry. Furthermore, unlike polyester, merino wool protects against sweaty odours, which is a huge advantage if you are flying down the slopes all day. Our organic, Nordic Swan Ecolabelled woollen underwear is available in several colours for both little and big children, and for men and women. You can view DILLING’s range of woollen underwear here
AVALANCHE SHOVEL AND GROUND MATS
If you are hoping to stop and eat your lunch in the snow, don’t forget an avalanche shovel and ground mats for you all to sit on. This way you can have a seat on the floor, wherever you are when hunger hits. The avalanche shovel will allow you to dig out a nice picnic area, and the ground mats will prevent you from getting wet and cold bottoms when sitting down.
If you decide to eat lunch in the snow and take off your gloves, it won’t be long before your hands get cold, therefore it may be sensible to pack a couple of hand warmers for you and your children, so you can quickly warm your hands back up. These tiny heaters contain a metal plate, which when you ‘snap’ it, the warmer begins to radiate heat. Most hand warms can be reused, you simply place them in boiling water for a few minutes, then they are ready to be used again.
SNACKS AND WATER
If you are going to be out skiing all day, it makes sense to pack a backpack with snacks and water. Skiing can be tiring, so to avoid anyone getting dehydrated or suffering a drop in blood sugar, it is important to drink plenty and have access to food to boost your energy levels if needed. It is worth filling up your bag with chocolate bars to bring quick energy to your tired children. This way they can have fun on the slopes for hours on end.
GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT
When you have been out skiing all day, it is nice to spend some quality time inside with your family. It may be worth bringing a board game, some good books, and a tablet device, so you all have something to do before going to bed. If you are driving to your destination, you may want to bring something to make sure your children are entertained on the journey. Download an audiobook, let them watch a movie, or bring a comic book, to avoid the number of ‘are we there yet?’ questions.