The antidote to washing away the pandemic blues – an outdoor adventure! If you’re a true hiker, there is no such thing as bad weather. It’s only inappropriate clothing. Here are some ideas for you to put together the perfect trek & hike outfit that will let you tackle any terrain.
Things To Remember When Choosing The Right Clothing
Choosing an outfit for a trek or hike is influenced by a number of factors, including the difficulty of the trek, the duration, and the weather. So knowing when and where you're walking will help you choose the ideal 'fit.
Here are a few things to note:
• Look up the weather forecast for the day you want to go hiking
• Make an estimate of the trail duration and distance
• For strenuous walks and treks, choose hiking or trekking boots since a basic sneaker may not suffice
• Carry your sunglasses, apply sunscreen, and make sure you have your cap with you.
Most Important – Pick The Right Shoes
Are you going on a long, vigorous trek or just walking on a trail nearby? Your
depends on this. If you’re going for a short hike, you would be choosing shoes that offer maximum comfort and cushioning. If you’re going for an extensive trek, you would need specific high-ankle boots that are super durable and have excellent grip.
Layer Up The Right Way
Temperatures fluctuate throughout the day and accordingly, you will have to plan your outfit. If you’re undertaking a winter trek, we suggest you have three layers: the base, the insulation, and the shell. Make sure all of them are as lightweight as possible so you can breathe freely as you hike. You’d also need a
if you’re heading out in the monsoon season.
The Perfect Backpack Is As Important As The Rest
When you summit climbs and demanding terrains, you would need to carry more gear. This means the requirement for a high-capacity
that isn’t a burden on your shoulder.
Like Wildcraft’s 55L capacity
that is loaded with features but is super light on your back -
While summer is a great time to step out and get some fresh air and soak in the sunshine, it can also harm your skin if you aren’t well prepped. Your outfit should not cause a hindrance to your movement, but it should be resistant enough to wear and tear.
It is better to wear leggings instead of shorts since it will protect you from the harsh sun, scratches or any insect bites.
The temperatures would be really high at this point, so it’s important that you carry a
with you, and complete your outfit with a cap and sunglasses.
Before you complain about the weather, think of the earthy woods, the vibrant flowers, the gushing streams. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
Trekking in the monsoon can be tricky. It’s best to wear fully waterproof
. And, most importantly, heavy-duty rain boots that don’t weigh too much or feel clunky on your feet, but don’t allow the dirt to penetrate when you step into deep mud.
Avoid cotton as much as you can. Cotton absorbs moisture and doesn’t dry quickly, this could add to the weight of your clothing and make you feel uncomfortable. As for your jacket, go for a synthetic insulation shell. Those are generally water-resistant and lightweight.
Most importantly, always carry a rain cover in your rucksack. You never know when it might come in handy!
Trekking clothing don't have to be rustic or boring. You can wear an upbeat jacket or windcheater to complement a subtle coloured trackpant.
You can go with a down jacket – They’re ultralight, super warm, and easily packable. It does dry slowly, so make sure you have backup.
For an insulation layer, you can either wear a fleece jacket or a windcheater/windbreaker, and a
or sweater as the base layer.
As for your bottom wear, you should ideally be wearing waterproof and windproof
or joggers that offer great mobility and still keeps you warm.
The weather might be pretty harsh during this time, so you will need to carry accessories with you. Wearing a winter hat/beanie keeps your body temperature warm, and prevents heat from escaping from your head. Always keep one pair of gloves in your backpack at all times, preferably with a polyester outer and a soft inner lining.
Pick clothing and gear that will keep you
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What should women wear for trekking?
Women should preferably wear full-length leggings or trackpants that can protect you from the sun, or insect bites along the way. Make sure to also wear high ankle boots for protection and good grip, and always carry a cap.
Can we wear jeans for trekking?
It is not advisable to wear any kind of denim for trekking as they are heavy and restrict movement when compared to lightweight hiking pants.