10 Essential Items for the Snow!
We all know that getting out into the snow can be one of the best things to do in winter, and if you live in Melbourne, the snow is only a few hours away! We love playing in snow just as much as you guys – that’s why we’ve put together this blog post detailing 10 essential items for the snow to make sure everyone is well protected from the cold.
The thermal under layer is the most important part of keeping warm in colder climates. Being quite close to the skin, thermals trap your body heat in better than most other materials when it is incredibly cold. Thermal underwear for women and men also acts as a moisture wick, which gets rid of sweat and keeps you from getting chilly.
Women’s and men’s thermal clothing comes in a range of fabrics, with the two most popular being Polypropylene and Merino Wool. Polypro thermals are hollow fibres that are super lightweight and quick to dry, whereas Merino Wool is an odour resistant, super warm, lightweight material that is perfect for any alpine areas that are going to be especially cold. Click here to view our range of thermal wear for men and women.
Beanies & Neck Warmers
Beanies are definitely an essential when snow is involved. Whether you like pompoms or not, beanies are there to keep your head nice and warm and protected from that winter sun. Neck warmers are another thing in the line of protection from the cold. Being mostly fleece, neck warmers are super warm as well as quick drying, making them a great way to keep your face covered from the winter chill. Click here to check out our range of beanies and neck warmers.
Snow Jackets (Outer Layer)Men’s and women’s ski jackets are vital to ensure warmth and protect from moisture and wind, but choosing the right jacket is crucial to maximise comfort and protection. As you research to try and find the best jacket to suit your needs, there are some key features you should be aware of before you make your decision. Ski/Snow jackets can come in many different variations, with the main types being insulated jackets, shell jackets and all round soft shells. Some great features to look out for are:
- A waterproof rating of 10,000mm
- A breath-ability rating of 10,000gsm
- Fully seam Sealed/Taped
- Vent zips under the arm pits
- Adjustable wrist straps
These few points are sure to find you a great jacket for any winter activity! Click here to shop the range of ski jackets available at Aussie Disposals.
PantsJust like ski jackets, snow pants are an important investment when it comes to the snow. There is nothing worse than being saturated out on the slopes, so making sure you have the proper pants is definitely a good idea! That’s right – standard hiking pants for women and men just won’t cut it. Even though you want your pants to be just as insulated as your jacket for warmth, you also want to also be thinking about the waterproofing and breathability of the pair you’ll be wearing. It’s best to look out for the following: a waterproof rating, breath-ability rating, taped seams, windproof material, and especially if you’re snowboarding or skiing, snow cuffs. Click here to view our range of pants suitable for wear in the snow.
Fleece LayersHydrophobic fibre, also known as “fleece”, is a water repellent fibre that holds less than 1% of its weight in water, meaning that it retains much more of its insulating properties while wet. Compared to wool, fleece is quite lightweight as well as quick drying, making it one of the most popular materials when it comes to layering up for the snow. Click here to explore our range of fleece products.
SocksWant to keep those feet of yours warm? Wool is the way to go! Wool will keep you nice and warm during a crazy day at the snow. Whether it’s Merino wool or just your standard thick woollen socks, you are guaranteed to have all 10 toes intact while wearing these. Merino wool tends to be the most popular when it comes to snow socks, being that they are usually a little thinner than your standard woollen sock, plus they have a better thermal property because of the tightness of the stitching weave. Merino can also be a firmer wearing sock for outdoor footwear, helping to reduce friction and rubbing. Click here to browse our range of warm socks and footwear accessories for the snow.
BootsFinding good snow boots in Australia to trek around snow in is highly important. You don’t want to be slipping and sliding around while trying to enjoy yourself! A waterproof boot will aim to protect your feet from the wet snow and sub-zero temperatures. Any boot that has a waterproof outer or a waterproof membrane should do the trick, but another way of combating this is investing in waterproof spray for your standard camping boots.
Look at the bottom of any shoe or boot and you will find the tread. This is so important when snow is involved. Not slipping around in wet conditions is definitely the best option, plus a good tread on a boot will protect the durability of the boot itself. Click here to browse our selection of suitable snow boots and hiking boots in Australia.
GlovesFrom cold weather use to everyday adventures, here is a summary of the best gloves to use for those winter months. Some people don’t take their gloves too seriously, but when it comes to keeping your fingers warm, gloves should be at the top of your list. Whether you’re skiing/snowboarding or just playing in the snow, waterproof and insulated gloves are the best way to go. Anything from Gortex or containing fleece will keep you nice and warm. If you’re someone who does usually have cold hands, you might like to have a look at glove liners too! Click here to shop our range of gloves and liners.
ToboggansA toboggan is a great way to entertain the kids while out, plus ours are designed for both adults and kids. So if you do think your kids are a bit too small for them, feel free to jump on with them! Click here to check out our range.
Goggles/Sun GlassesThere’s nothing worse than having the sun in your eyes, especially if it’s reflecting off the white snow! Goggles and/or sun glasses are a go-to when it comes to skiing or snowboarding. Just make sure they’re UV protected and anti-fog coated. Click here to see what we have available.
Handy HintsHeading to the snow can be a trip and a half, so as well as detailing the essential items you need above, we’ve also come up with a few handy hints to help you plan your snow adventure. When going skiing or snowboarding for the day, make sure you inform family or a friend of the details, such as where you intend to spend the day and when you plan to return. Taking your mobile phone with you is also a good idea.
Although it may be cold, the winter sun reflects off the snow, making sunburn a real danger. Always remember to take sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, and stay warm by wearing the right thermal wear for men or women. Keep up to date with the weather conditions and make sure you listen to the snow report before you go out. To avoid injury, know your ability and make sure you are always in control and able to stop and avoid other people and objects. Most importantly, never ski alone, and as always, have fun!