Bundling Mamas for Snowmobiling

Layering for Winter Activities After yesterday’s post about bundling kids for outdoor adventure and snowmobiling, I had a few requests for what my layers look like when we go snowmobiling. (ok, ok, that’s TOTALLY not me) First, let me start by saying I’m never more than 3 feet from the fireplace, and usually in a sweatshirt, fleece pants, and thick socks (in the Winter, it’s MUCH worse). I’m ALWAYS cold. Always. When Rockstar asked me to go snowmobiling with him the first time, I thought he was out of his mind. Then I had a BLAST! Snowmobiling is the one winter activity I will bundle up for because I love it so much. But, if I ever get cold during a ride, the fun is over in a hurry. Here’s how I layer to stay warm – and most important DRY while we’re riding snowmobiles. BOTTOM: Layer #1: Nylons. I’m not sure why they’re such a great insulating layer, but I notice a HUGE difference when I wear them. Layer #2: Long Johns. I scored an awesome new pair from Cuddl Duds and tried them last trip and I’m impressed. They’re incredibly thin, but very warm. Every penny you spend here will be worth double when you’re in the middle of a ride!! Layer #3: Snowboard pants. Yes, these are an inner layer because like I said yesterday, there’s snowmobile-waterproof, and there’s snowboard-waterproof. If you ride sleds in snowboard gear, you will hate your day and will freeze! But, as an inner layer, they’re incredibly warm and comfy. Layer#4: Thin Socks. Layer #5: Thick Socks. (I steal Rockstar’s) TOP: Layer...

Not Quite Randy – Bundling Kids for Snowmobiling

Cold Weather Wear for Kids My kids might not look quite like Randy when we head up the mountain, but some days, it’s pretty close. Since we’re not exactly building snowmen in the yard, 3 feet from warmth and hot chocolate, I’ve had to be fairly inventive about layering them to survive a 3-hour snowmobile trip up the mountain. Last week’s weather was a balmy 29 degrees – a heat wave compared to the 0 on New Year’s Day – but I layered just the same, because around here you just never know. Layer #1: Mama’s dress socks. Seriously. They look like they’re wearing thigh high stockings, and that’s exactly the layer I’m looking for. Pantyhose/nylons are a great first layer. Layer #2: Sweats. Sure, I could go out and spend $30 on long johns that will fit them for one season, but it’s SO much easier to use their sweats, and they get the same warmth factor. Layer #3: Sweats. Nope, not a duplication. I put one thin pair of sweats on and follow them with a thick pair. I think sweats are warmer, and more comfy – both which keep my kids from getting cranky. Layer #3: Sweats. Kind of. I put the 4 year old in a pair of nylon running pants, with a slick outer covering and fuzzy inside.  Layer #4: Thin socks. Layer #5: Thick socks. Layer #6: Long sleeve tshirt.  Layer #7: Short sleeve tshirt. Minus layer #3 – I’ll put them in the car at this point. The rest goes in a gear bag, and I put it on when we get...