Posted April 23rd, 2012, 10:40 PM
We were in Alaska in mid June and it was a cold, wet week.
We usually travel with layers of fleece and outer waterproof jacket. We all have fleece zip jackets, and fleece tops with base layer polyester tops that we can add, as well. Be prepared to pile on the layers and peel them off randomly through the day depending on weather, proximity to glaciers, and elevation if you are on excursions. Don't leave home without fleece hats and mittens/gloves for everyone. The nice thing about fleece is that it is light and packs small, and also dries quickly if it gets wet.
Waterproof shoes rock, if you can afford them for your child. We've had really good luck with the waterproof Keen shoes, my daughter had a pair last winter that lasted all winter, and has the same style in a larger size that also laster her all winter, including lots and lots of walking and a spring break hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Of course for the budget minded, just pack foot sized plastic bags and make your child weam them over the socks, under the shoes when it is wet. Redneck gore-tex - hey it worked for me when I was a kid.
Winter gear is on sale everywhere so now is a good time to shop, try REI and any outdoorsy gear stores. They have the cutest stuff for kids!
Do make sure you can find what you need well before you go so you can shop online as needed - I'm from Iowa and you can't find gloves/mittens anywhere here at this time of year.
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