Wearing Hiking Clothes on the Trail
The last thing you want to think about is clothing when you are planning a hiking trip. In the middle of the woods reconvening with nature and staying fit is where you are so who cares what you are wearing. You do need to wear the proper clothing to make sure experience is a good one since you do not need to look fashionable when you are out on the trail.
Planning ahead is the most important as with any other aspect of a trip. The most important information that you can bring when you are deciding on what to wear is where you are going and during what time of year. If you are hiking in the desert during the summer than if you are hiking in the woods during winter months, for example, your clothing is going to differ significantly. 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. No matter what weather you will be in, sweating will be inevitable. No matter your physical level, since hiking is a challenging physical activity, you are going to be exerting yourself. Cotton should be avoided to go directly up against your skin. Keeping sweat close to your skin and keeping you very uncomfortable and possibly chafing is what cotton will do since it will absorb your sweat. 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. Necessary depending on just how cold the weather will get is a hat and gloves. Just in case, they make rain gear that folds up into a tiny little pouch that you can keep with you if you expect to experience rain while out on the trail.
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 depending on where you are hiking. Long pants may not be feasible or necessary if you are out in the desert during the summer.
The most important part of your ensemble are hiking boots. Fitting snugly around your ankle and should be a size larger than your normal shoes are proper boots. Your feet will swell as you hike so you need extra room to accommodate them.
Make sure to use your sunscreen if you wear nothing else. When you return home from your hiking trip, it may not be the best way to remember your excursion to look like a lobster.