What to Wear
We Can Learn a Lesson from the Swedes
In Sweden they say “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes." So what makes good clothes? Is there any difference in what suits children and adults? Bout adults as well as our young Explorers need good clothes so they can enjoy our program - rain or shine. With these simple steps, all of our special moments outdoors become that much more comfortable, and enjoyable for everyone. Here are our best tips to keep our Adults and little Explorers warm and dry.
Closest to the Skin
Never wear cotton closest to the skin. Cotton is far from great when it comes to transporting moisture and can become heavy and cold when it gets wet. We like merino wool with fine fibers that do not itch. For our Explorers, If you expect your child may work up a sweat, synthetic fiber materials are a good alternative.
Traditionally, a sweater or a vest is worn as a middle later, and typically made of fleece. The middle layer doesn't touch the skin and serves the purposes of insulating the body. Today there are plenty of good alternatives in thicker merino wool, down and other warm synthetic fabrics.
Wind & Water
To fend of wind, rain, or even 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.
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.