What to Wear When Hiking

Knowing what to wear when hiking can make the difference between being comfortable in your hiking clothes and being wet, hot or cold during your hike. Your hiking apparel can protect you from the sun, keep mosquitoes from biting you and help you to regulate your temperature. Here are some tips on what to wear when hiking.

You should always dress in layers when you go hiking. Start with a moisture-wicking layer closest to your body, such as a tee shirt. This will keep sweat from staying on your skin and making you cool. Then add a long-sleeved shirt and, depending on the weather, an outer layer that will protect your body from the elements. If you're not wearing an outer layer that is waterproof, be sure to bring one. You never know when you're going to get caught in an unexpected rain storm.


Hiking footwear is just as important as hiking clothing. A lot of people just wear running sneakers, which can be okay if you're taking a short hike on flat terrain. If you plan on doing a lot of hiking on uneven terrain, a pair of hiking sneakers or boots is a much better choice. Hiking boots that provide ankle support are especially beneficial since it's easy to twist an ankle while hiking. The socks you wear should be thick to prevent blisters and not made of cotton. Cotton doesn't dry well, so if you step in a puddle you may be very uncomfortable for a long time. It's a good idea to carry some moleskin with you, which is a fabric you can put over areas that are getting irritated and can prevent blisters or provide relief from a blister you already have.


You should wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Sunglasses are also good to have on hand.


Don't forget to bring some extra clothes with you. Extra clothes are good to have if yours get wet or the temperature changes. If you get lost you'll also appreciate having some extra clothes.

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Follow these hiking tips for comfort and safety to make each of your trips as pleasurable as possible. Hiking is a favorite pastime for many people. It combines nature with exercise and provides tranquility and a break from the rigors of everyday life. 

Day hiking does not require nearly as much equipment as overnight hiking or camping, yet you still need to be prepared. Unexpected situations can arise at any time, so having the necessary equipment for everything from a little rain to getting lost can save you time and trouble. Pack carefully for a day hike but make sure that your pack doesn't get too heavy. You'd hate to get to the top of a mountain only to dread the return journey due to a heavy pack.

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What do you need to go hiking? Regardless of the type of trip you plan to take, you'll need the same basic things.

What you need for day hiking is pretty straightforward.

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