What to wear and what not to wear when going camping? That's the question we all ask. Ideal camping clothes are practical, comfortable and give protection against the elements.
Anything that YOU'RE comfortable in
Jeans or shorts and sneakers should do the trick for lounging around the campsite, in fact anything that you feel comfortable in.
As we all know weather can be fickle, do forward planning and take something for all conditions.
So where do you start collecting the ideal clothes?
A good place is to see what you already have that can double as comfortable clothes for camping. No need to buy expensive clothes for a camping getaway. Hiking and strenuous outdoor activities is a different ball game though, see our list for hiking clothes further down the page.
Lightweight cool clothes and swim wear is a must, as most camping grounds will either have their own pool or a beach close by.
Always have a hat or head covering for protection against sun and heat.
Make provision for rainy weather and cooler night temperatures.
It all depends on where the campsite is, make use of local weather predictions to get info on minimum and maximum temperatures and pack accordingly.
A track suite is always comfortable to lounge around in and it keeps you cosy, also ideal to slip on during night or early morning.
In and around the campsite it's easy to peel off some layers if you're hot or add a top when you get cold, but do plan ahead when taking a hike or doing something away from your home base.
Want some special camping clothes?
Add one good item per season or every time you go camping.
Keep up to date with the weather for the region you're planning to visit.
Take other precautions for example if you're in the sun splash on ample sunscreen for protection against the harmful UV rays.
See the handy clothing list to ensure vital items don't get left behind.
Engaging in an activity like hiking can make you sweat and feel uncomfortable, for this it is best to wear something light and breathable.
Layering is vital for hiking
Follow these basic guidelines and discard a layer when getting hot or add on when necessary. Modern textiles have the best technology to keep your comfortable at all times. However, take note of bulk and weight as it should be able to fit in your backpack.
See your favorite outdoor shop for outdoor clothing with:
All these benefits are built into the fabric to ensure movability and protection, I mean talk about comfort.
My trusted hiking boots:
One of the most important things for hiking is comfortable shoes. Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support is a must.
Special hiking socks have extra padding at the vulnerable points of your feet and both socks and boots come with built in Gore-tex as mentioned above.
When hiking in sunny conditions always wear a hat or sufficient head covering to protect from the harmful rays and heat.
Hiking in mountainous regions can be tricky as the weather can change dramatically and quick. Here you will always need extra layering to keep you warm and make sure to have a jacket to keep you dry.
Take along sufficient drinking water to keep hydrated.
On a short hike normal camping clothes would be sufficient, but take an extra long sleeve top or waterproof jacket.
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