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What to wear to go hiking

Put on the Right Clothing Items for Maximum Hiking Comfort and Safety

So, your hiking plans are now in full gear. You have chosen the perfect trail, and you have checked the weather for that day. What else should you prepare?

Every time you go on a hike, being equipped with the right kit is a must for your overall well being and safety. But, it is also important to wear the right clothes to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the hike.

If you are wondering what to wear for hiking, below is a short list of items you might want to have with you in your next outdoor adventure:

Waterproof Jacket

A waterproof jacket is probably one of the most important items you have to bring as a way of protecting yourself against rain and keeping yourself warm once you reached high altitude. For more strenuous climbs, a breathable type of jacket is recommended.

Waterproof Trousers

For an ideal hike, you can wear a pair of zip offs, shorts, or stretch walking trousers and pack another pair of overtrousers of waterproof style for wet weather. if it is raining, the trick is to wear a pair of solid waterproof trousers.


When it comes to your backpack, you want something that could fit in all the things you need for your hike without being a burden. You would want adequate room for extra layers you can put on or off, water, food, and essentials such as phone and keys.

Base layers

For regulating the temperature of your body during the hike, a quick drying or wicking base layer top is recommended. If it is colder, you can also wear leggings under waterproof trousers.

Walking Boots

It is essential to don on a comfy pair of walking boots. They must be able to give support to your ankles as you go downhill as well as a good grip while walking on unstable and slippery surfaces. It is also imperative that your boots are a good fit if you don’t want to end up with blistered feet after the hike.

Walking Socks

Your walking socks can give your feet additional cushioning layer on treks or walks. You can opt for anti-bacterial, IsoCool, or merino wool socks according to the conditions of your hike.


A hat is specifically essential during colder weather because you are losing heat from the head. The moment you reached the peak, a wool hat that offers warmth can be very useful.


You can avoid getting dirt or water in the top part of your boots when you wear a pair of walking gaiters to cover the bottom part of your boots and trousers.


If your hike falls in a colder weather, wearing a pair of waterproof or thermal gloves can help maintain body heat.


When the sun is up during your hike, you can wear a pair of sunglasses with head strap to avoid losing them during the bumpiest of trails.

Sun cream

Although it might not be that warm yet when you start your hike, bring a sun cream just to be safe.

Insect Repellent

Bugs also enjoy the great outdoors as much as you do so never let them ruin your adventure.

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