Snow tubing is one of the most popular winter activities, and for good reason. Sliding down steep snow banks and hills on an inner tube can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels, but you still need to be mindful of the weather conditions. If you are out in really cold weather, you should make sure you are dressed warmly. Hypothermia can set in before you know it. So before you go out into the elements, everyone needs to wear appropriate clothing that will keep them dry, warm, and comfortable.
LAYERING IS KEY
You should always start by having a layer closest to your skin that draws moisture away from your body. Any type of activity that builds up body heat causes you to sweat, regardless of the outside temperature. Keeping your body dry is essential in colder temperatures. A non-moisture base layer made of polypropylene or wool is your best bet. This includes both thermal underwear and socks. It is important not to use cotton because it doesn't pull away moisture.
This is the core layer that keeps you warm. With this layer, you should wear a wool sweater or some other fleece-like material. Fleece is likely your best bet because it's light-weight, comfortable, and reasonably priced. Fleece top and pant sets are always on sale.
Waterproofing your attire is a must. This is your top layer of clothing and it should be dry. Snow jackets and waterproof pants are what you need. The point is to prevent the wet snow from seeping through to the other layers of clothing. If you are a cold-natured person, a jacket made of down may be the right choice. But the main idea is keeping yourself dry and warm.
Head, Feet, and Hands
The head, feet, and hands are often the first parts of the body to feel the cold. It is essential to have a good wool hat to keep the ears from getting cold. You will also need a good pair of waterproof mittens or gloves. People often underestimate the use of scarves. Wool scarves can give your neck and face added protection on bitterly cold days. And keeping your feet dry is an absolute must. Always have a pair of waterproof socks and waterproof boots to repel the water. Boots with wool lining give an added layer of protection to your feet. Investing in waterproof items makes your winter outings much more enjoyable.
Select clothing for your snow tubing day that is convenient and comfortable. There are times when you may need to shed a layer of clothing if it warms up. The point is to make changing easy. If it starts to get cold, you can easily slip back on an item of clothing.
Always make sure you pack extra warm clothing for the day. If you land in a puddle of icy water, you will want to change your clothing pretty quickly. Always have an extra pair of undergarments, mittens, sweaters, pants, and socks. After a long day of snow tubing, you will need to change out of your clothing immediately and warm up.
So, to sum it up --
1) Choose wicking undergarments to keep moisture away from your skin
2) Layer garments for warmth. Fleece is the best choice
3) Make sure your top layer of clothing is waterproof, and
4) Make sure you have a warm hat, thick socks, and waterproof boots.
Remember, outside activities performed in snowy and cold conditions can be hazardous to your health if you aren't careful. Temperatures can drop rapidly. And there are times when you are having fun when you won't even notice that your body has gotten wet. Make sure you follow this advice, and you’ll be ready for a great day on the sledding hill!