With the Wilderness family on a winter trip in Blåfjella

Ylva (5), Isak (7), Mum Anne Karen and Dad Christer wake up to glorious sunshine, blue sky and the scale has crept down to - 15 degrees. Both small and large children's feet have been waiting a long time for this moment - finally we are ready for a long trip!

A winter stay in the coldest season requires the packing of equipment and food to be carefully planned. Everything from tent to woolen underwear and bonfire popcorn boiler is packed down. The hottest sleeping bags are stuffed in the sleeping bags, along with the favorite booths "Stitch" and "Julie Ekorn".

As we look out of the caravan window on a snowy winter landscape, Isaac and Ylva are eagerly telling what they are most looking forward to. Ylva is looking forward to her first overnight stay in snow cave, while Isak hopes we will find some tough toboggan runs we can try our packraft in.

The mountain so far does not offer the best snow conditions to build a regular snow cave, so we decide to make a snow globe. Ylva and Isak are eager helpers and alternate between throwing snow on the growing snow mound and on each other. Snøhaugen gets to rest over the night - the next day we are ready for the children 's first snowhousing accommodation.

In order for the accommodation to be as comfortable as possible we find warm and good woolen clothes. Isaac has atopic eczema and is initially skeptical of wool on the skin. He is very pleased to have found a wool set with merino wool and TENCEL. Finally, he can wear woolen clothes like everyone else - without itching.

The temperature in the snow cave is fortunately much more comfortable than the wind that whips outside. We pack with what we need for the overnight stay - both reindeer skins, candles and deck must be included. Isak and Ylva take on two layers of wool before pulling on their outer clothes. They are good and warm, and everything is in order for externally to be a pleasant experience.

With the hat on, they crawl well into the sleeping bags and listen to Mom's advice that most of the heat disappears from the head. It does not take long before both small and large fall to rest, and the next morning Isak and Ylva exclaim in chorus "we have not been cold at all!" A good and quiet night in the snow cave gave us taste, and we often repeat the success more nights. Since cold winter weather has been reported, enough snow cover will remain as fine for a long time.

.. but before the next night in the open, we will stay with Isak in search of the toughest toboggan run...

 

Package tips for the bag

Motivation in the children is often related to how they feel. If the kids get cold, wet or hungry, the trip can change from a dream trip to a challenge both too small and large. Our experience is that we always have to bring extra shifts, mittens, hat and socks in the bag.

The children are largely not concerned with how cold it is, and will continue the game even if it rhyme in the hair and the mittens become stiff. It may therefore be wise to wear a thinner jacket during activity, and then you can bring out the thickest jacket when it is time for a bonfire break.

In the bag we also have hot and cold drinks, packed lunches and always some surprises - it can be tour chocolate, raisins or anything else you can entice if the backbones feel a bit too heavy.

 
Package list for winter trip with children:
 
Clothing:
  • Thermo
  • Thick wool trousers and woolen sweater.
  • Extra pair with both thin and thick woolen socks.
  • Wool neck / balaclava.
  • Windproof hat and mittens with inner fleece in wool.
  • Windproof outerwear with hood.
  • Gaming and warm ski boot.
  • Slalom goggles if much wind is reported.
  • Extra warm shoes for the children if you are going to fish on the ice lay in the snow etc.
  • Extra clothing from the inside to the outside in wool sleeping pad.
  • Warm sleeping bag.
  • Heat bottle to put in the sleeping bag.
  • Thermos.
  • Turquoise, plate and cutlery.
  • Knife.
  • Toiletries.
  • GPS, map and compass.
  • First aid kit with sports tape, patch, single-pack, sterile compresses, wipes and strips.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Dopapir and antibac.
  • Wind Bag.
  • Shovel.
  • Headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Gasoline or gas burner.
  • Cooking equipment and matches.
  • Good and tasty food.

On the overnight trip one should also include:

  • Extra clothing from the inside to the outside in wool.
  • Sleeping mats.
  • Warm sleeping bag.
  • Heat bottle to put in the sleeping bag.
  • Thermos.
  • Turquoise, plate and cutlery.
  • Knife.
  • Toiletries.
  • GPS, map and compass.
  • First aid kit with sports tape, patch, single-pack, sterile compresses, wipes and strips.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Dopapir and antibac.
  • Wind bag.
  • Shovel.
  • Headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Gasoline or gas burner.
  • Cooking equipment and matches.
  • Good and tasty food.