It’s all about the layers. 

We can Learn a Lesson from the Swedes. As the saying goes in Sweden, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes!”. So what are the fundamentals of good clothes? In order to best enjoy Forest Bathing it is important to follow a few basic layering techniques.  By avoiding cotton and wearing lots of layers, all of our special moments outdoors become that much more comfortable, and enjoyable for everyone.  Here are our best tips to keep warm and dry and in all types of weather.

It’s all about the layers.

We can Learn a Lesson from the Swedes. As the saying goes in Sweden, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes!”. So what are the fundamentals of good clothes? In order to best enjoy Forest Bathing it is important to follow a few basic layering techniques.  By avoiding cotton and wearing lots of layers, all of our special moments outdoors become that much more comfortable, and enjoyable for everyone.  Here are our best tips to keep warm and dry and in all types of weather.

Closest to the Skin – Start with a Base Layer

Start with a soft base layer to keep little bodies warm and dry. We like merino wool with fine fibers that do not itch. Cotton can become heavy and cold when it gets wet.

– Undershirt
– Thermal underwear or long johns
– Thin socks

The Middle layer

The middle layer doesn’t touch the skin and serves the purposes of insulating the body. Traditionally, a sweater or a vest is worn as a middle later. Today there are plenty of good alternatives that are thin and flexible in merino wool, down and other warm fabrics.

– Sweaters
– Lined pants
– Heavier wool socks
– Scarf

The Outer Layer – Protect from Wind and Water

To fend off wind, rain, or snow, we recommend an outer layer that is both wind and waterproof. Thinner wind jackets can also be supplemented with a traditional raincoat or one of the thin ponchos we provide to our Explorers, when needed.  Opt for hats and gloves that fit comfortably and can be easy taken on and off independently.

– Waterproof winter coat
– Snow pants
– Waterproof gloves
– Warm hat

Footwear

Jumping in puddles and mud can be fun… and unavoidable with sometimes. We therefore recommend you have good, solid, footwear so that they can thoroughly enjoy the program.  Winter boots or waterproof rubber boots are great option and offer protection from mud and other elements.  You may feel more comfortable in a pair of more traditional hiking shoes or  “wellingtons”.

Start with a soft base layer to keep little bodies warm and dry. We like merino wool with fine fibers that do not itch. Cotton can become heavy and cold when it gets wet.

– Undershirt
– Thermal underwear or long johns
– Thin socks