Tuesday, 13 December 2011 3:39 PM
Sending a child off on a school trip out of the country can be a bit nerve-wracking for parents as, for many, this will no doubt be the first time that their youngsters have gone off on holiday without them.
While it is impossible for mums and dads to protect their kids once they've left the country, parents can look after their interests by making sure their suitcases are properly packed and they have everything they could possibly need.
When it comes to winter sports trips, it is a good idea to buy the appropriate kids' ski wear, so your child is protected against the cold weather and bundled up for any falls they take while out and about in the snow.
Warm clothing is a must, so you should stock up on lots of base layers, midlayers and fleeces to ensure your child doesn't get too cold. When it comes to ski jackets, there are several features such coats should have.
It is important to make sure they are waterproof and come with a detachable snowskirt. Some products come with a water-repellent finish and a concealed hood, as well as a warm touch scrim and polyester lining. It is also possible to have a printed name label made up, so if your child loses the jacket, it is easier to find.
Other ski clothing you need to invest in includes snow pants. These come in a variety of colours – so you are sure to be able to find a pair that your youngster wants to wear while out on the slopes – and have a range of features.
You might want to make sure the pants you choose are waterproof and have taped seams, as well as warm touch lining in the upper legs, full-length leg zips with stormwelts, articulated knees, pockets, integral snow gaiters and reinforced ankles.
You should also think about buying your child a helmet, so they can protect their head if they try their hand at snowboarding. Again, these come in a variety of colours and have a removable washable liner.
As well as a helmet, buying a hat could be a great idea. A beanie is a good option for anyone out skiing and snowboarding, while a fleece neck collar might also be a sound investment, as this will provide your youngster with a bit more protection while they are outside.
There are other fantastic products on the market designed to keep kids warm, as well as protected against the snow and cold. You might want to pack some long tube socks in your child's suitcase to help keep their toes dry both on and off the mountain, as well as a good pair of gloves.
Gloves are an absolute essential when on a skiing holiday and you can get pairs that are both well insulated and waterproof.
It is also important you protect your kid's eyes from the snow, as well as the sun reflecting off the piste as they ski. To do so, stock up on some snow goggles, which will help safeguard children from damaging UV rays and stop ice and snow getting in their eyes.
If they do any cross-country skiing, these goggles will also help protect children from any twigs coming off trees as they go through wooded areas.