How to Dress Kids for Winter Travel: 6 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Dress your little one in layers for warmth and insulation.

When the days are short and there's a nip in the air, then you know that winter's just around the corner. Since winter holidays are the perfect time to visit relatives, go to winter ski resorts -- or simply to travel short distances, dressing your tot comfortably and appropriately for winter travel is a must.


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    Be prepared for whatever season you'll encounter on your travels. Whether you're driving from palms to snow-capped mountains or you're flying to a winter resort in a quaint old village for a white Christmas, pack for layered attire. Keep a small bag within easy reach, like in your car's back seat or in a carry-on for the plane. Keep sunscreen handy and apply it once you arrive and go outdoors. Winter climates are notorious for snow burns.
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    Dress your child in layers covering all exposed skin areas. Begin the first layer with a matching long john shirt and pant set. Since long johns adhere to the skin, this type of clothing keeps your child toasty. Add a turtleneck around your tot’s neck to conserve heat and provide warmth.
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    Pull on sweat pants for the plane ride. The elastic on sweat pant bottoms insulates heat especially when worn over long john bottoms. Slip on overalls when traveling in a car. These pants provide a nice barrier from the cold across the middle of your child’s chest. Pants should be slightly bigger than your tot’s size, because they'll have to fit over the layer of long johns.
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    Choose warm, heavy socks and slide them over the long john pant layer. Pull on snow boots. Insulated boots will keep your child warmer than regular shoes and pants can easily be stuffed inside the boots for added warmth.
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    Cover your child with a hoody. Hooded sweat shirts not only contain pockets to warm up hands but also provide extra warmth to your tot’s head through the hooded part of the jacket. Don a sweater or flannel shirt instead for plane usage or in a heated car. Wear a down jacket for extremely cold temperatures or choose a coat comprised of fleece for less severe temps.
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    Do not forget hats and mittens. Even though you may be traveling for long distances in a heated vehicle, hands can easily get cold in a winter climate. Bring a couple of different type of gloves; heavy insulated ones as well as thin-lined ones and wear as needed. Keep a knitted hat on your child’s head to further insulate and retain trapped heat. Remember if you are dressed comfortably and warm, chances are your child will be as well. Add or decrease layers, depending on the temperature and comfort level in the car or plane.


  • Dress in layers. Carry a bag to add or shed layers, based on temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Long underwear
  • Turtleneck shirt
  • Overalls
  • Socks
  • Boots
  • Sweater
  • Sweatshirt
  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Mittens
  • Sunscreen

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