With some unseasonably warm weather starting off winter in Colorado, it is sometimes difficult to think about dressing to stay warm. Appropriate clothing, however, can make or break your family’s experience and enjoyment in the outdoors during winter. The key to success is dressing in layers. REIbreaks it down into three basic layers – base layer, middle layer and shell layer.
The base layer is what is next to your skin and is actually used for moisture management. Material that wicks away moisture will help keep the body dry, which helps the body maintain its temperature. Clothes made of merino wool or synthetic fibers work great. Avoid cotton, as it absorbs moisture and will leave an active body feeling wet and cold.
The middle layer is designed to keep you warm and should be made of material that will insulate the body. This layer can be everything from light fleece to a heavy fill down coat. As the Active Kids Club reminds us – dress for the activity level as well as the weather. Keeping kids warm is great but making them too warm will cause them to sweat which can make them cold quick. The great thing about a light middle layer and warmer one is that layers can be shed as temperatures rise or as your activity increases.
Plan ahead and layer it on for successful outdoor adventures year-round!