The snow is flying my friends, and you know what that means. For most of us, it means snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels, and pretty much anything else with “snow” in its name. Throw in a few hot chocolate breaks, and we can call that a good day. A family favorite during the winter season, though, will always be snow tubing or sledding, and it’s easy to see why. What’s not exhilarating about flying down a hill, the fresh air in your face, and spending a fun day with your family?
There are some preparations to be made a few things you’ll need to bring before you grab your blow up snow sleds and head to the hill.
First and foremost, you’ll need to dress accordingly for a day out in the snow and cold. Hats, gloves, thick socks, snow pants and a warm coat are basic essentials.
Staying dry will make sure that you keep warm out on the hill, so wear layers that will wick away moisture such as polyester or polypropylene shirts or thermals. If you're going farther than your own backyard, packing an extra change of clothes is a good idea. If you a get wet from the snow, you'll have backup to stay warm and dry, allowing for more time on the hill.
Avoid scarves as these can get tangled or caught up in a sled. Instead, opt for a neck warmer or balaclava that fits snug against your skin.
Wear a pair of boots that are made for use in the snow. They usually have thick rubber soles and waterproof or water resistant features that make them ideal for keeping your feet warm and dry.
Also, wearing a helmet may not be essential for keeping warm, but it will keep you safe! If you can, wear a helmet that is made for winter activities, or if that isn't possible, opt for a bicycle or skateboarding helmet.
So you’ve got your warm clothes packed, your gear is in good shape and you’re ready to hit the hill! You have the basic essentials, but there are a few more small items to be packed to ensure that your family stays comfortable throughout the day.
Grab some sunscreen! The sun will be reflecting off the snow, so it’s important to protect any uncovered skin such as your face, ears, etc. Also, toss some sunglasses in your bag to not only protect your eyes from the sun but from the wind as you fly down that hill. You'll also find that you might need some chapstick, preferably with SPF, in order to prevent your and your children’s lips from getting chapped.
If you follow a few simple safety rules, getting injured while snow tubing or sledding is unlikely, but as with any outdoor activity, accidents can happen. Pack a small kit that includes basic first aid essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, and pain relievers. More than likely, you won’t need to use it, but it’s always best to be prepared.
Pack a Lunch
If you plan to be on the hill for more than an hour or so, it's a good idea to pack some refreshments in order to refuel and keep the fun going. Remember to bring plenty of water. There's no doubt that you'll be climbing that hill more than once, so staying hydrated is important.
Making sure you have everything you need for a day on the hill will ensure that you and your family can have a great time and stay safe for hours of sledding and snow tubing. Load up the car, pack up the kids, and enjoy!