How to Choose Travel Clothing

How to Choose Travel ClothingWhen hiking, it's important to choose travel clothing carefully. The wrong travel clothing can weigh you down, keep you overheated or fail to keep you warm enough. The best way to ensure adequate warmth without bulk is to dress in thin layers that can be removed as desired.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hiking shoes
  • Layers of clothing
Step 1
Check the weather forecast the morning of your hike. Weather forecasts often change, so it's best to check the weather as close to your departure time as possible. Note whether it will be sunny or overcast or warm or cool. Gauge how the weather may change over the course of the day; it's not uncommon for a day to start at one temperature extreme and end at another. Choose appropriate layers.
Step 2
Consider where you will be hiking. If the area is densely forested, it will be cooler than in a cleared field, and you should choose warmer layers. If you are climbing a mountain, you will need warmer clothing when you get to the top. If there is a stream to cross, you may need to pack or wear water shoes or light sandals to keep your hiking shoes dry.
Step 3
How much will you be carrying on your hike? Choose outer layers that will not take up too much room in your backpack or that can be easily tied around your waist or shoulders. A bulky jacket may tie around your waist easily, but it can also slow you down or cause you to become overheated.
Step 4
Determine whether you will be hiking through hunting grounds. If so, choose brightly colored clothing. Bright orange is associated with safety in hunting areas.

Tips & Warnings

During most of the year, two layers of carefully chosen clothing are adequate.
During the winter, consider adding a pair of long underwear for a light layer of extra warmth.

Article Written By Michelle Kulas

Michelle Kulas worked in the health-care field for 10 years, serving as a certified nurses' assistant, dental assistant and dental insurance billing coordinator. Her areas of expertise include health and dental topics, parenting, nutrition, homeschooling and travel.

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