What to wear
We can learn a lesson from the Swedes
As the saying goes in Sweden, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes!”. So what are the fundamentals of good clothes? In order for our young Explorers to adapt to our program in the more stubborn winter months, it is important to follow a few basic layering techniques. By avoiding cotton and wearing lots of layers, all of our special moments outdoors become that much more comfortable, and enjoyable for everyone. Here are our best tips to keep adults and little Explorers warm and dry.
Closest to the skin - Base layer
Start with a soft base layer to keep little bodies warm and dry. We like merino wool with fine fibers that do not itch. Cotton can become heavy and cold when it gets wet.
- Thermal underwear or long johns
- Thin socks
The middle layer doesn't touch the skin and serves the purposes of insulating the body. Traditionally, a sweater or a vest is worn as a middle later. Today there are plenty of good alternatives that are thin and flexible in merino wool, down and other warm synthetic fabrics.
- Lined pants
- Heavier wool socks
Outer layer - Protect from wind & water
To fend off wind, rain, or snow, we recommend an outer layer that is both wind and waterproof. Thinner wind jackets can also be supplemented with a traditional raincoat or one of the thin ponchos we provide to our Explorers, when needed. Opt for hats and gloves that fit comfortably and can be easy taken on and off independently.
- Waterproof winter coat
- Snow pants
- Waterproof gloves
- Warm hats
Jumping in puddles and mud is fun… and unavoidable with our Explorers. We therefore recommend adults and children have good, solid, footwear so that they can thoroughly enjoy the program. For young children, winter boots or waterproof rubber boots are great option and offer protection from mud and other elements. Older children may feel more comfortable in a pair of waterproof winter boots or more traditional hiking shoes. For adults, traditional hiking boots or rubber "wellingtons" tend to work best.