Choosing clothes for a camping trip

Getting dressed for the hike, getting ready for everything and at the same time not dragging along a myriad of superfluous, and most importantly heavy things is a rather non-trivial task, and for a beginner it can easily turn into a few days of doubt and headache. In this article, we will try to determine the basic requirements in choosing clothes for a camping trip and already established approaches to the formation of our camping wardrobe.

Choosing clothes for a camping trip: essential ideas

The selection of clothes for camping is different each time and is based on the expected conditions and your personal characteristics, but nevertheless several basic principles can be distinguished:

Minimum exposed skin

The sun, insects, prickly / poisonous plants, sharp stones and branches, dirt — all this can cause quite serious inconvenience in the trip and greatly reduce the pleasure of it. To avoid this, you should take care in advance to protect your beloved carcass from these unpleasant trifles. Therefore, even in the hottest time of the year, it is better to have light but durable running trousers and a jacket, ideally windproof and waterproof (stormy suit for example).

To protect the head and neck from the sun, booney hats with wide brim and buffs are often used.

Clothing should have a certain set of qualities.

Let's highlight the basic clothing requirements for hiking in the mountains:

  • must protect against external temperatures
  • must not constrain movement
  • should be light and durable
  • should dry quickly
  • should “breathe”, that is, help to sweat out.

Most of all, these requirements are met by clothes made of synthetic fabrics. Clothing made from natural materials often loses synthetic clothing on one or more points.

The concept of three-layer clothing

All clothing is divided into 3 layers - base (inner), middle (warming) and outer (protective), each of which serves a specific purpose. This does not mean at all that in any trip in any camping conditions all three layers of clothes are put on you: in a summer trip, only a suicide or a masochist will wear a warming layer, and a windbreaker / raincoat may not be useful to yourself. Nevertheless, this principle will help to select clothes for specific conditions more flexibly, including when they change dramatically (which happens quite often in the mountains). In fact, there are other methods, but this is perhaps the most famous.