Wearing Hiking Clothes on the Trail
Clothing is the last thing you want to think about 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. You do need to wear the proper clothing to make sure experience is a good one since you do not need to look fashionable when you are out on the trail.
Planning ahead is the most important as with any other aspect of a trip. The most important information that you can bring when you are deciding on what to wear is where you are going and during what time of year. Your clothing, for example, is going to differ significantly if you are hiking in the desert during the summer than if you are hiking in the woods during winter months. The first thing you should find out, when you decide on what to wear, is whether it is going to be hot or cold during the hike. Sweating will be inevitable 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 sweat close to your skin and keeping you very uncomfortable and possibly chafing is what cotton will do since it will absorb your sweat. 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. If you expect to experience rain while out on the trail, just in case, they make rain gear that folds up into a tiny little pouch that you can keep with you.
Depending on where you are hiking, 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. Long pants may not be feasible or necessary if you are out in the desert during the summer.
In your ensemble, hiking boots are the most important part. Proper boots should be a size larger than your normal shoes and should fit snugly around your ankle. You need extra room to accommodate them because as you hike, your feet will swell.
Lastly, make sure to use your sunscreen if you wear nothing else. When you return home from your hiking trip, it may not be the best way to remember your excursion to look like a lobster.