If you are gearing up to head out on a hike, you certainly want to make sure you have all the right equipment, such as a good backpack, compass, map and other needed gears. But if you do not wear the right clothes, your trip will quickly become an uncomfortable experience. Wearing the right hiking clothes means knowing the type of trail you will be on, what the temperature and climate will be, and how long you will be outdoors. Many of those who are new to hiking or maybe some experienced hikers are uncertain about what are the suitable clothes to use when hiking. Thus, we made this simple tricks and tips which give you an idea on how to pick out the right outfit before going for a hike.
1. Avoid cotton tees or denim jeans
If you are wearing these kinds of clothes during your hike, probably you will face some problems. Cotton absorbs sweat, meaning that you will feel uncomfortable throughout your hiking experience, and may even cause you to itch or catch a chill in cold rainy weather. We recommended you wear polyester or nylon type of garment as it is effective to move sweat off the skin and dries fast within the hour.
2. Use trail running shoes
You don’t need to wear hiking boots, and it is fine as long as you are not trudging with mud or dealing with technical terrain. The trail running shoes already gives you enough support, protection and flexibility you need for hikes include basic rock climbing, plus grips well on wet and dry surfaces. But if you have enough money, you can go for hiking shoes. You can wear it for simple or advanced hikes because it provides more support and protection from ground level-hazards such as thorns. After all, it is a matter of personal reference on what type of shoes that you want to wear.
3. Bring your cap
This is an important thing that you should bring if you are hiking either in hot or cold weather. In the hot weather, wear a hat with three-inch brim that can block the overhead sun and it is better if you wear it with sunglasses to make sure that your eyes are protected from Ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage your eyes. Then, if you plan on hiking in cold weather, an insulated cap is good to keep the body heat from losing too much through your head and it helps you a little bit to keep you warm along your hike.
4. Wear the right socks
There are many types of hiking socks which are normally made of various mix of fibers. First, you need to find the socks that can cushion your feet to make them comfy. Choose synthetic or wool socks with moisture wick properties, as if you get wet, sweaty socks can rub against your skin and can be a cause of blisters. It is a matter of personal preferences on how you want to choose the socks, but after all, you also need to consider the outdoor temperature whether to choose a thin or a thick one. In summer weather, we encourage you to wear thin socks while in cold weather, thick socks will do.
5. Rain jacket
It is best if you can prepare with a breathable and waterproof rain jacket in your backpack even if there is no rain in the forecast as the weather can change quickly without telling you. ‘’Breathable/Waterproof’’ jacket uses advanced technology that can block rain and wind as well as it will let sweat and body moisture out without letting others precipitation in. In extreme wet weather, you need to pack rain pants too.
Water is the most essential necessity on a hike. Some researchers have proposed that consuming more water might enhance performance during uphill activity. Don’t forget to bring enough water for your own needs to prevent dehydration throughout your hiking experience.
That’s all the tips and tricks that we can share with you guys. Share your thought in the comment section below 😊