The Gator Watch guide to braving the cold

Can you feel a chill in the air? There is no denying that we are now in the depths of winter and with a brand new “Beast from the east” heading our way it’s going to get even colder very soon! We know that getting the kids out in this weather can be tough. No one likes being cold but did you know that just a little bit of clever layering can make all the difference on those chilly days? This week we want to share with you our top tips for keeping warm on your outdoor adventure!



Layering is the key to keeping warm on those icy days. Thinner layers actually help your body heat circulate. We suggest using three layers: an inner layer for keeping moisture away from your body, a middle layer to help insulate you from the cold, and an outer layer that protects you from the elements such as rain, wind and snow. Investing in some good quality base layers is a brilliant first step. We love the selection of layering products from Kozi Kidz. Kozi Kidz is a range of Swedish-designed fashionable and functional outdoor clothing for kids from 6 months to 10 years. If you are looking for base layers for your teens or even yourselves then Millets has a great range of products to choose from.



Next make sure everyone is wearing outerwear that shields them from the wind, rain and the snow. Waterproof trousers, windproof jackets and all-in-one snowsuits are great for this type of weather and ensure that everyone stays nice and dry. Mountain Warehouse has a huge choice of products suitable for the whole family.



Hats, gloves and snoods are perfect for making sure that all your extremities are kept nice and warm. Snoods are especially helpful for little ones as they are easy to put on and take off. No more whining about Grandmas’ hand knitted scarves being too itchy! Blacks has a great choice of snoods along with a wonderful selection of hats and gloves to suit every outdoor activity.



Good footwear makes a massive difference to the comfort of your outdoor adventure. No one likes walking around with cold soggy socks or blisters (especially the kids) Cotswolds Outdoors has a big choice of footwear ranging from walking shoes to snow boots. Don’t forget to grab yourself some thermal socks to keep those feet extra toasty too!



If all that layering and insulating doesn’t stop the whining then why not purchase a few little extras to pull out at that crucial meltdown moment? Products such as hand warmers can be great when the kids start complaining that they are too cold. If their little legs need refuelling then consider taking a thermos flask with some hot chocolate in. Little Trekkers has a wide range of outdoor accessories that ensure you are prepared for every eventuality!

We hope that these tips have made you feel a little bit warmer. We would love to know how you dress your kids when it’s freezing outside. Do you have any hacks to get them outdoors at this time of year? Join the conversation in the comments below or via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Part of growing up is taking on independence, step by step, and My Gator Watch – the wearable mobile phone – makes that happen. It uses GPS, two-way calling, works across multiple networks and has an SOS feature for peace of mind.

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