What to wear on a camping trip?
You’ve gathered the gear, practiced setting up the tent and created a killer trail mix for your camping trip. But what should you wear?
A camping trip is not the time to work on your Abercrombie model look. Comfort and practicality should be your guiding principles and weather conditions are key. If the day will be warm from the start, wear a light-weight shirt and hiking shorts. However, if you plan to hike through brush, you may wish to consider long pants to protect your legs from scratches and bites. Be prepared with a hat and sunblock to avoid sunburn.
During cooler weather, focus on layers. Wear breathable fabrics underneath and a wind-proof, water-resistant jacket with pockets for gear as your outer layer. You can always remove layers as the day grows warmer. Though jeans can be comfortable and protect your legs well for hiking, you should consider hiking pants with water resistant fabric if you will hike through muddy areas or rain is in the forecast.
Last, but definitely not least: choose your shoes wisely! If your feet are uncomfortable or your footing shaky, you will have a difficult time enjoying the beautiful views of nature. If your hike will be along well-kept trails, wear lightweight shoes with good tread. During muddy seasons, make sure your footwear is waterproof. If your camping trip takes you to rocky or mountainous areas, wear ankle boots that provide especially good support for treacherous terrain.
If you purchase new shoes for your hike, make sure to take some short walks around the neighborhood to break them in and note whether there are any problem spots that may rub. If so, buy moleskin to cushion sensitive areas. Don’t forget quality socks! Wear padded socks made of breathable fabrics to cushion your feet and further prevent blisters.
Choose the right clothing–then forget about it and enjoy the view!
What do you normally wear to sleep in? Most of the time when I am out with my Boy Scout troop, most of the boys are wearing either gym shorts, or “loungewear” and a tee shirt. Depending on weather and your sleeping bag, you can wear long or short pants and shirts… just be aware if you wear shorts and a tee shirt that mornings always seem cold when you get out of a nice comfy sleeping bag at dawn… It’s handy to have a nice warm shirt or light coat rolled up as a pillow so that when you get out of your bag you can throw clothes on and your shirt/jacket will be warm from your body heat, but not damp and smelly.