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What to pack for a holiday to Lapland

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November 8, 2017

Visiting Lapland with the kids to meet Father Christmas has been top of my bucket list for the last few years.
It is recommended not to take babies and toddlers as the weather is extremely cold outside, generally around -12ᶜ and sometimes as low as -30ᶜ this time of year, so we have been waiting until Sebastian is old enough to enjoy it too.
If you are travelling to Lapland with an organised tour they may provide some of your kit, including a thermal outer-suit made for Arctic conditions, cosy woollen socks, snow-boots, outer gloves and a hat.
The key to keeping warm in arctic temperatures is to layer up, but getting those layers right is key.

What clothing to pack for Lapland:

Thermal Base Layer: A base layer is your first line of defence against the cold. Base layers are designed to regulate your body temperature and should be close fitting to trap a thin layer of warm air against your skin. A base layer will also ‘wick’ away perspiration from the skin to keep you dry. If you get the base layer right you are much more likely to stay warm in sub zero temperatures and it is wise not to opt for cheap and cheerful. Sub Zero make a great range of thermal tops and leggings, for both adults and children, with a seamless body form and stretch rib zones for support and waffle zones for enhanced heat retention and greater perspiration control.
Mid-Layer: On top of your base layer, an effective mid layer will provide great insulation by working hand in hand with your base layer to trap air between layers, resulting in enhanced warmth and comfort. Microfleece is an ideal mid layer for kids, as it is lightweight and highly breathable. Warmth without weight is important, especially during active use, and fleece is ideal for keeping them warm without restricting their movement.
Trousers: Avoid jeans as these can be very uncomfortable under the snow suits. Warm, fleece tracksuit bottoms are ideal
Regular Socks: A pair for each day of your stay
Woollen Socks: To wear over regular socks to ensure your feet stay toastie and warm
Gloves: Waterproof gloves or mittens to wear under the ones provided will ensure your hands are kept warm when throwing snowballs, building a snowman or petting the reindeer and huskies.
Balaclava: A tip from my friend that went last year is to invest in a balaclava. Not only does it keep your face and neck warm, but it also helps protect you during a husky sled ride. Apparently they don’t stop to go to the loo, but just do it as they run, so double protection!
Hat: The ideal hat is made from polyester fleece that repels water and protects against the wind around the ears but allows moisture to evaporate through the crown.
Footwear: Walking boots or similar with a decent grip for travel, as when you leave the plane you will be walking on compacted snow.

What extra’s to pack for Lapland

Camera and Charger: The cold can make the camera battery run out very quickly, so make sure you take the charger and re-charge every night.
Handwarmers: Our handwarmers were a godsend in Scotland last year after playing in the snow and are perfect for warming little fingers if they get cold.
Skin Care: The wind can chap your face and lips, it is a good idea to use lip balm and moisturiser before you go out, but avoid ones with a water base as this can freeze.
Snacks: A good supply of high energy snacks or biscuits and treats to keep the kids going.
Have you visited Lapland in the winter – is there anything else you would recommend?
What to pack for a holiday to Lapland

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    November 8, 2017

    What an amazing experience – definitely something I want to do when my son is older. It’s handy to know what to pack and a good tip about the skin care in the cold.

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    five little doves

    November 8, 2017

    Great advice! We are going to Lapland uk this year but that’s as close to the real thing as we will ever get!

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    November 9, 2017

    Guess an electric blanket is out of the question?
    I never thought of the dogs taking a whizzer while they are running,so yes,a face shield would be vitally important!!

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    November 9, 2017

    Great list, thanks a lot for sharing! We are also giving it another couple of years and sticking to skiing with our little monkeys under 4. Have also published a packing list & tricks for skiing in here:

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    November 9, 2017

    Great post this. Sound advice on the Woollen Socks! Coldness always starts with the feet!

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    Sarahjane Wood

    November 9, 2017

    Wow that a magical trip for the family. Christmas is mu favourite time of the year and if I had children we would definitely be making a trip here…mostly for my benefit ha

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    November 9, 2017

    Thermals….definitely lots of thermals in fact probably thermal everything I would say!

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    Deborah Nicholas

    November 9, 2017

    Oh my sister worked in Lapland a few years ago and loved it, she said she had never been so cold in her life though so great list!

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    November 9, 2017

    That’s a very good point about extra chargers and batteries. I always forget this when we are out hiking in the cold.

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    Starlight and Stories

    November 9, 2017

    I am going to look forward to hearing about your trip. We would really love to go, just waiting like you did for the little man to be old enough.

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    Baby Isabella

    November 9, 2017

    Visiting Lapland to meet Father Christmas is top of our bucket list too and we’re determined to do it next year while the magic is still alive! For the meantime we’ll do the second best which is LaplandUK 😉 xx

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    November 9, 2017

    I can’t imagine how cold it is there, but what a magical experience, we’d love to go.

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    Nichola - Globalmouse

    November 10, 2017

    Have a great time! We loved our winter trip to Lapland, it’s a magical place.

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    November 10, 2017

    What a magical place! We can’t wait to take the kids here and it’s good to know what to pack! Thanks for this 🙂

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    Fashion and Style Police

    November 10, 2017

    I will wait until my kids are older to visit. Sounds magical.

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    Emily Leary

    November 10, 2017

    Great tips for a wonderful place. Something for skin care is always in my bag if we’re heading to colder climates as I chap rather easily!

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    Lubka Henry

    November 11, 2017

    I can imagine you’ve got to be well equipped for the cold. Great packing list!

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    Tanya Brannan

    November 11, 2017

    I may be 43 but so desperately want to do this! Your list is so comprehensive I think you would be prepared for every eventuality xx

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    lisa prince

    November 13, 2017

    im so envious of anyone getting a break at the moment, its a dream to be able ot visit here with my children

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