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Wearing Hiking Clothes on the Trail

When you are planning a hiking trip, clothing is the last thing you want to think about. In the middle of the woods reconvening with nature and staying fit is where you are so who cares what you are wearing. Do not worry, since you do not need to look fashionable when you are out on the trail, you do need to wear the proper clothing to make sure experience is a good one.

Planning ahead is the most important as with any other aspect of a trip. When you are deciding on what to wear, the most important information that you can bring is where you are going and during what time of year. For example, when you are hiking in the desert during the summer your clothing is going to differ significantly 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. Directly up against your skin, you should avoid cotton. Keeping it close to your skin and keeping you very uncomfortable and possibly chafing is what sweat, which cotton will absorb, will do. 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. A hat and gloves, depending on just how cold the weather will get, may be necessary. They make rain gear that folds up into a tiny little pouch that you can keep with you just in case if you expect to experience rain while out on the trail.

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. If you are out in the desert during the summer, may not be feasible or necessary are long pants.

The most important part of your ensemble are hiking boots. Fitting snugly around your ankle are proper boots and also they should be a size larger than your normal shoes. As you hike, you need extra room to accommodate your feet since your feet will swell.

Make sure to use your sunscreen if you wear nothing else. Looking like a lobster may not be the best way to remember your excursion when you return home from your hiking trip.

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