On Gear: My Experience Explained

Wearing Hiking Clothes on the Trail

The last thing you want to think about is clothing when you are planning a hiking trip. Who cares what you are wearing when you are out in the middle of the woods reconvening with nature and staying fit. Do not worry, when you are out on the trail you do not need to look fashionable but you do need to wear the proper clothing to make sure experience is a good one.

The most important thing is planning ahead as with any other aspect of a trip. Where you are going and during what time of year, when you are deciding on what to wear, is the most important information that you can bring. If you are hiking in the desert during the summer than if you are hiking in the woods during winter months, for example, your clothing is going to differ significantly. The first thing you should find out is whether it is going to be cold or hot during your hike. You are going to sweat no matter what weather you will be in. Since hiking is a challenging physical activity you are going to be exerting yourself no matter your physical level. Avoiding cotton to go directly up against your skin is what you should do. Keeping it close to your skin and keeping you very uncomfortable and possibly chafing is what sweat, which cotton will absorb, will do. If you are hiking in cold weather, so that you can take a layer or two off as you get hot, you should layer your clothing. Necessary depending on just how cold the weather will get is a hat and gloves. Just in case, they make rain gear that folds up into a tiny little pouch that you can keep with you if you expect to experience rain while out on the trail.

You may want to stick with long pants to protect your legs from bites if there is a high threat of ticks or other dangerous insects depending on where you are hiking. May not be feasible or necessary are long pants if you are out in the desert during the summer.

The most important part of your ensemble are hiking boots. Fitting snugly around your ankle are proper boots and also they should be a size larger than your normal shoes. Your feet will swell as you hike so you need extra room to accommodate them.

If you wear nothing else make sure to use your sunscreen. When you return home from your hiking trip, it may not be the best way to remember your excursion to look like a lobster.

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