Let me preface this by saying it’s been about 10 years since I’ve been to the snow.
I know for some people that might sound crazy, but it’s the truth. I live pretty close to the beach so we spend a lot of time there, but the snow has never really been a thing for me. But now that my kids are getting a little older, they’ve been asking to visit the snow.
Talk about FOMO.
I guess that’s a good thing that they want to experience as much as they can but let’s be real, outings with kids can be expensive. And I have 3 kids so I have to be mindful of what we do because the costs can add up really quickly. So I thought I would put a list together of what I could have done to have made our first time as a family visiting the snow a little easier. Not that the kids didn’t have fun because they did, but we definitely hit a few speed bumps a long the way (no pun intended).
Tips for an Easy Snow Day
- Be prepared with all the SNOW essentials. When it’s cold, things can go from fun to uncomfortable very quickly. And I don’t know about you, but once my kids get uncomfortable, they’re pretty unpleasant to be around. I’m talking have all of your snow gear before you get there. Don’t buy things in the retail shop because one: once you arrive and your kids see snow, they’re not going to want to waste time in a retail shop and two: things are more expensive. I made the mistake of not purchasing gloves because I thought we would be fine and it cost over $100 for gloves to purchase gloves for all of us.
- Watch the winter sales for affordable prices. Because this was our first snow trip, I had to purchase everything. Snow jackets, snow bibs, snow shoes, gloves. The whole enchilada people! Luckily, I’m cheap and I’m always on the lookout for a good sale so I was able to purchase all of our clothing and shoes at very discounted prices. FYI, thrift shops or children consignment stores are always a good place to look for snow gear. Unfortunately the stores near me didn’t have anything in my children’s sizes but I was still able to score some amazing deals. Or another option would be to borrow items from friends or family if they wear the same size as your kids.
- Bring as much food as you can. So I assumed there would be a snack shop where I could just buy snacks and all would be well. Well there was BUT I spent $40 literally on a breakfast burrito and a few snacks. I felt so jipped so depending on how long of a drive you have or how long you’re planning to be there, bring your own food. It will save you time and money.
- SUNSCREEN. My family is pretty strict when it comes to sunscreen, we always have some in our car but especially with the snow, sunscreen is so necessary. No one wants to leave the snow with a sunburn.
- Extra set of clothes. Even though my kids all wore snow bibs, they managed to get their pants wet. I’m not really sure how but an extra set of dry clothes is worth it. Especially after being in the snow, they’ll probably be exhausted so being comfortable is a necessary for the car ride home.
- Towels. I would bring a few towels just in case. To avoid bringing snow or dirt into the car. You can wipe their shoes if necessary. You might not use them, but better to be safe than sorry.
- Research your location. Make sure your kids meet the height requirements and have an idea of what you want to do before you get there. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding or just playing in the snow. Always good to be prepared and have a flexible itinerary.
- Patience. Believe me, you’re going to need it. Tackling the snow with little kids is a different beast.
Now that we have snow gear, we’ll absolutely be making a few trips up to the snow because I need to get my money’s worth on all that snow gear. You might be laughing but I’m dead serious. I can’t say that I loved the snow, but my kids did so we’ll be headed up a few more times this winter to make sure they get their fill.