How to Dress for Desert Hikes

How to Dress for Desert HikesIf you're planning to go hiking in the desert, don't let hot days deceive you. Just because it's warm during the day, temperatures can still get rather cold during the night. As with any outdoor adventure, it's best to be as prepared as possible, which includes wearing the appropriate attire.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Hat
Step 1
Check what the weather is reported to be like, during your hike. This will give you a better idea of what you can expect to encounter. If rain, excessive heat, or other extreme weather conditions are predicted, you'll be able to plan your dress accordingly.
Step 2
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and face from sunburn. The fabric should be nylon with a breathable mesh. A light color will reflect the heat. Don't wear a leather hat, because it will only make your head hotter.
Step 3
Hike in a comfortable, lightweight, breathable pair of shoes that you're able to wear for a long period of time. Depending on the terrain, you'll want a hiking boot or shoe, that will be able to withstand the territory and leave your feet feeling fine. If you're planning on hiking through water, you might want a shoe made of waterproof mesh and Gore-Tex. Remember, waterproof shoes can be hot though. Otherwise, choose a lightweight synthetic, trail running type shoe, that has openings of mesh throughout it, allowing your feet to breathe, while still protecting them.
Never wear a new pair of hiking shoes out for a long day of hiking. The last thing any hiker wants is blisters, knowing they still have miles to go before the hike is finished.
Step 4
Choose a pair of socks specifically designed for hiking in hot weather. There are brands on the market made of a wool base, coolmax and nylon for desert hiking.
Step 5
Bring or wear a loose fitting, light-colored long-sleeve shirt. The shirt should dry quickly and have vents. Fishing shirts work great because they're made of quick drying nylon, are light and usually have vents in the front and back sections. If you plan on wearing a sleeveless shirt, it's a good idea to bring a long sleeve shirt with you. It will keep the sun off your arms and keep you warm at night.
Step 6
Wear a comfortable, loose fitting pair of shorts or pants that has pockets. The lighter the color, the better, since it will reflect the heat. You'll even be able to find a type of outdoor pant where the legs zip off and you're left with a pair of shorts. These are usually made of nylon, which are light, airy and dry rather quickly. These would be a good idea if the weather is hot, but expected to turn much colder, or rain. You'll be able to use the pockets to carry items you might need on your hike such as a compass, cell phone, lighter and anything else that might come in handy in the desert.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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