Good clothes for hiking

In this text, we tried to bring together all the basic ideas on camping clothes and shoes. These ideas were formed as a result of active walking in various trips in complexity, regions and types of tourism. These ideas are mainly applicable when walking (both in the forest zone and higher — in treeless mountains) and in ski trips (with minor modifications — there are usually lower temperatures).

Good clothes for hiking should be comfortable. All items must be checked at the exits to the forest before a large hike.

Clothing should be quick-drying. It means you should use clothing made from natural fabrics as little as possible. The ideal option is cotton underwear only, well, it can be a cap too, but everything else should be synthetic. Some exceptions can be made for woolen socks, although lately there have been good synthetic thermal socks made specifically for walking in hiking boots.

Clothing should be light — especially for long trips. The idea is banal, but you need to take not what you want — but what you cannot do without or replace with other objects. And amid the possible options you should choose the easiest, satisfying the rest of the conditions.

Let's start with the shoes. Usually boots and some other shoes are taken on a hike (usually we take light sandals). Hiking boots should be comfortable, waterproof and with a good sole. Recently, a lot of good so-called trekking (trekking boots) of various companies has appeared. Unfortunately, they are not cheap. Sometimes you can buy trekking at sales. There are practically no alternative options for shoes, domestic shoes are cheaper, but they are much worse though.

Good footwear

Let's go further (we mean let's look higher at your legs). We have socks on our feet. Recently, hiking uses exclusively special trekking socks, which are made from a variety of synthetics (it is better if there is a lot of polypropylene in the composition). Polyacryl socks are also good. But in principle, the old version of the cotton sock, on which a woolen sock is worn, will also go.

Let's go higher. We are wearing underpants (cotton - there's nothing you can do). They are either wearing upper pants at once (options are heavy upper pants, light blown pants or shorts), or something warming - like training or thermal underwear. Upper pants (usually heavy) are also worn on the insulation layer. As warming pants in the temperature range from +5 to –10 (for girls - and at higher temperatures), we recommend wearing thin shorts (rather than long training ones) - either from a half-piece, or from thermal underwear, or in extreme cases - cotton or wool (but it can be wet - and this makes it cold later). The fact is that in a hike when walking, legs are actively working and at the same time a lot of heat is released in them. If you allow the heat to leave your legs immediately, your legs become much better. Well, the upper part of the legs and the pelvis - can and should be insulated.