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Right Camping Outfit: Go for
Function and Comfort
When planning a camping outfit, function and comfort
usually come before fashion. So when you’re deciding on
the clothes to pack for a camping trip, be sure to take
items that you feel most comfortable in and that will
best protect you from the elements.
Here's a list of must-have clothing items for
your camping outfit, separated into fair weather camping
and cool climate camping clothes.
If you’re camping in fair weather, here are some
Light, cotton T-shirts - Choose shirts that are a
bit loose instead of shirts that are form-fitting; the
latter might leave you feeling uncomfortable when it
starts sticking to your skin while you’re under the hot
Shorts - Similar to the shirts, make sure to wear
and pack “breezy shorts”, instead of ones that are too
tight they cling to your body when you sweat and make
you feel uneasy.
Socks - Always take a few extra pairs of socks -
you never know when you might step on a puddle or on
ankle-high mud. They can also serve as your feet’s
protection when it gets very cold at night.
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A Sweater -
When hiking in a cool climate, it’s
advisable to dress in layers – for instance,
wearing a sweater over a shirt, that’s over
another shirt – so that when it gets warmer
you can just take off the first layer of
your outfit, and when it gets quite cold,
you can just as easily put it back on.
A Hat, Cap or Visor and Sunglasses - At least
once in a camping trip, you’ll be hiking under the very
strong heat of the sun, and you will need something to
cover your head and your face as well as protect your
eyes from harmful, damaging rays.
It's advisable to purchase sunglasses that have built-in
UV protection to help further minimize your exposure to
Rain Gear - (A Rain Poncho or a Raincoat).
Although you’ll be hiking under presumably fair weather,
a sudden rainstorm might hit and dampen your hoking
Along with the items above, here are some clothing
pieces you should take when you’re camping in cold
Wool Pants - When camping in cold
weather, you’ll need clothes that will
provide insulation, and wool pants are a
great alternative to expensive pants made
out of synthetic fibers
Always remember that when preparing a camping outfit,
function comes before fashion. Of course, a
little style never hurt anyone, so don’t
forget about that altogether either.
Bad clothing decisions can spell doom for any ‘happy
family’ camping trip.
So, for an assuredly enjoyable camping trip,
you will want to be fully and properly
clothed against the elements.
Advances in clothing technology
New technologies have spawned a lot of camping wear
designed to help keep the elements at bay.
However, with so many clothing choices, it
can get a little confusing to find which
products wear best and fit your needs.
Knowing their characteristics will help you find out
how these technologies can benefit your
Materials - the most popular materials
for camping wear allow water to escape the
material, but don’t allow any water in. Ever
since man started intentionally developing
materials for the comfort of campers, the
biggest problem they had to face was how to
somehow draw away moisture from the surface
of the skin so that the camper did not have
to wear wet soggy shirts that made for bad
temperature control. The new clothing had to
accomplish this while keeping moisture out –
it had to have some waterproof properties.
In response to this need, developers have unveiled
three breakthrough technologies in the field
of outdoor and sports apparel – microporous
laminates, microporous coatings, and
monolithic membranes. All these materials
somehow allow water vapor to escape while
preventing moisture from settling in the
skin. The monolithic technology is
particularly interesting since it absorbs
water vapor into itself while using body
heat to dissipate the vapor. The harder you
work, the more heat you make, and the more
vapor is dissipated. Quite an interesting
Polyester? - Nylon has typically been
the more popular of the materials used for
outdoor wear. This is because it is scratch
resistant and can endure the wear and tear
of most outdoor activities, plus it is light
and breathable. However, polyester, not to
be outdone, has steadily become an
acceptable compliment or alternative to
nylon since it keeps the wearer warmer and
absorbs less water than nylon. Look for the
new breed of materials – keep with nylon to
be safe, the newer polyester kinds do well,
Keeping you warm
- one of the critical needs of outdoors
people is apparel that will keep them warm
in extreme weather. As mentioned above,
nylon or polyester coupled with the newer
micropore technology does a good job at
helping a person keep warm and comfy.
However, in more severe frigid weather,
you'll need extra material to keep you warm.
The greatest issue when choosing camping
wear is whether to purchase down or
synthetic filled material. Nothing provides
comfort and warmth like down, and down is
generally recommended for most outdoor
camping trips. However, in the event that it
rains and your down-filled clothes get wet,
it's going to take forever to get them dry.
Synthetic filled clothes, on the other hand,
give good warmth and dry quickly if they get
wet. They are a bit heavier in comparison,
Fleece is a good in-betweener for
your garments. Fleece still keeps you warm
even when it's damp. It also keeps moisture
away from the skin, keeping you dry and
comfortable. Plus they are comfortable to
looking for good camping wear, look at each
alternative and find out how their
advantages fit in with your camping needs.
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